FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Jack Clark is about as close to a sure thing in high school wrestling as it gets.
St. Augustine Prep led by only a point on Saturday after Jarred Hodges pinned Delsea Regional High School's Anthony Demarco.
The match between St. Augustine, No. 3 in The Press Elite 11, and No. 6 Delsea rested solely on Clark's shoulders as he stepped to the mat for his 152-pound match with Brad Dobzanski.
But nobody in the Prep's corner of the gym seem worried, and for good reason.
Clark, one of the top middleweights in the country, methodically worked his way to a technical fall in less than three minutes as the Hermits beat host Delsea 36-30.
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"No matter what the match is I feel confident," Clark said. "I work my hardest in the room.
"I run and make sure I'm in shape. Yeah, I went out there knowing I had to win the match, but I've been working for stuff like this so it's just like another match."
Clark now has 149 career wins.
He is 11-0 this season with 10 pins. Dobzanski was only the second wrestler to make it out of the first period with Clark.
"I feel good," Clark said. "I have to keep wrestling, keep improving in practice and hopefully win a state title."
Clark was one of two wrestlers in Saturday's quad ranked in the top five of their respective weight classes nationally.
Clark is No. 4 at 152, according to InterMat, a website that focuses on high school wrestling.
Delsea's Bryan Dobzanski is No. 2 at 220. He is also one of the best baseball players in the state and will play at Louisville on a full scholarship.
Fans wanting to see two of the best in the country better have been paying attention as neither was on the mat very long.
Clark had a 43-second pin against Middle and an 18-second pin against Absegami to go along with the technical fall in two minutes and 40 seconds against Delsea.
Bryan Dobzanski had three first-period pins, with the fastest coming in 18 seconds.
"It brings excitement to the gym with two people with top five ranks," Dobzanski said. "There was a lot of excitement here."
Clark and Dobzanski know each other through youth wrestling and have common friends.
Each is quick to heap praise on the other.
"He's like the perfect athlete, so I have a ton of respect for him," Clark said. "Especially sticking to the wrestling when he's going to play college baseball next season."
Dobzanski is a defending state champion and is 25-0 this season.
"I know how much he works and everything," Dobzanski said. "He works a lot harder than I do. He's at a lower weight so there are a lot more studs there. He works his (butt) off and I really respect him for that. It's always fun watching him wrestle."
The Prep's Jarred Hodges went 3-0 with three pins.
St Augustine also beat Cape-Atlantic League American Conference foe Absegami 53-9 and Middle Township 49-18.
Delsea beat Absegami 54-12 and Middle Township 66-15.
Absegami beat Middle 51-16.
Contact John O'Kane:
No. 3 St. Augustine Prep 36, No. 6 Delsea Reg. 30
106—Reid White SA Nick Gaetano 3:51; 113—John Hassett DR d. Colin Donahue 3-0; 120—Dillan Taylor SA md. Kevin Huck 10-0; 126—Tom Carney DR d. Matt Dellinger 7-0; 132—Ed Donahue SA p. Jordan Boullion 1:00; 138—John Pierson DR d. Brandon Cirillo 5-0; 145—Jarred Hodges SA p. Anthony Demarco 4:30; 152—Jack Clark SA tf. Brad Dobzanski 21-3 (2:40); *160— Nick Clark SA d. Dom Demarco 3-1; 170—Jacob Hallowell DR p. Jose Tabora 5:43; 182—James Bennett SA p. Victor Defrance 3:41; 195—Joe Fabrizio DR d. James Brady 3-1; 220—Greg Halikman DR p. Ryan Lynd :43; 285—Bryan Dobzanski DR p. Tom Lynd 1:58.
*Match began at 160