Clark became the first Cape-Atlantic League wrestler to win a state title since Holy Spirit's Mac Mancuso in 2007 with a 3-1 overtime win over Hunterdon Central's Gary Dinmore.

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Clark cruised into the semifinals with a 14-2 major decision over Bergen Catholic's Joe Grello. Clark, ranked No. 4 in the country, turned Grello three times with tilts to pile up points.

Clark qualified for the today's final with a 15-5 major decision over Maaziah Bethea, of Trenton Central. Clark collected six takedowns in the match and added a two-point near fall, escape and stalling point. Bethea, who was undefeated, had five escapes.


Clark made his tournament debut with a 14-5 major decision over Westfield's Nick Velez in the pre-quarterfinals. Clark, a former national prep champion in Maryland, registered six takedowns in the final two periods to pull away.

Jack Clark, St. Augustine Prep, Sr. (22-0)

Seed: Bottom bracket No. 3 seed.

Record vs. state qualifiers: 1-0.

Clark’s road to Atlantic City: Won his first District 32 and Region 8 titles.

Back points: Clark received the bottom bracket No. 3 seed without much state ranking criteria to go from but is still widely considered to be among the favorites to win a state title. Clark is a two-time National Preps champion with more than 150 career wins. The Prep senior opens with Westfield’s Nick Velez in the pre-quarters and could face second-seeded Joe Grello of Bergen Catholic in the quarterfinals.


Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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