North wrestlers take second at state meet
The North Kingstown High School wrestling team wrapped up its season last weekend at the state meet held at the Community College of Rhode Island's Lincoln campus. The Skippers had their best team finish in history when they took second place to wrestling powerhouse Cranston West. They also won their division.
North beat Cranston West by a point in the regular season, which was "huge," said islander and cocaptain Chris Clark.
Clark had a great season and was only pinned once. He competed for the individual title last weekend but lost his final match. Out of his five matches at the state meet, he won three and lost two. Islander Cem Kurt also had a good season and contributed to North's showing last weekend with one win and two losses.
Head Coach Howie Hague praised both athletes. "We came in second by three points so every point they scored in the matches they won contributed to the final score. Cem scored five and Chris probably scored 10 team points for us so without either of them, even though they didn't place individually, we would not have come in second."
Hague has enjoyed coaching Clark over the years and said, "He has had a great time. He is a hard worker and a great kid. He was only pinned once this season. He caught a tough kid yesterday and the match was close."
Clark was happy with his high school wrestling career, specifi- cally this season. "My sophomore year we were 5-11, then 11-5 my junior year, then this year were 14- 2. This was the best year I have had and it is my senior year so it felt good to get second place."
Clark was the also the JV state wrestling champ as a sophomore. Coincidentally Clark was the JV state champ in the pole vault last spring and is looking forward to the outdoor track season which starts up in a few weeks.