Jack Hathaway (HM @ 126) Defeats Career Undefeated Cory Clark (No. 4 @ 126), Record Goes to 163-1
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Iowa City West’s Jack Hathaway made a move in an instant. The result will resonate for a long time.
Hathaway used a match-winning takedown in the final seconds to beat previously undefeated Cory Clark of Southeast Polk 2-1 in the 126-pound final on Saturday in Urbandale’s Ed Winger Invitational.
Clark, a three-time state wrestling champ, lost for the first time in Iowa high school competition. He’s now 163-1.
“It’s a little crazy,” said Hathaway, who is ranked third. “I’m still a little shocked that it happened. I was watching the clock, trying to make something happen.”
Hathaway has known Clark for years, since they were youth club teammates. He was named outstanding wrestler at the meet. Clark is ranked third nationally, Hathaway No. 18.
Southeast Polk won the team title with 207 points. Bettendorf took second at 201½, followed by West at 193½.
The meet brought together a star-studded field of 12 nationally ranked competitors and 64 state-ranked athletes. Approximately 1,000 fans watched the finals.
Three teams appeared in Intermat’s national rankings: No. 10 Bettendorf, No. 14 Southeast Polk and No. 21 Iowa City West.
The Hathaway-Clark match drew a lot of attention.
Clark is an Iowa recruit. He’s 30-1 this season.
Hathaway, an Oregon State recruit, is 35-4. He lost to Clark once earlier this season but thought they’d meet again at Urbandale.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of weeks,” Hathaway said.
Clark was not available for comment after his loss.
Roosevelt’s John Meeks kept his career record perfect, beating two-time state champ Brandon Sorensen of Denver-Tripoli 5-3 at 138 pounds. Meeks improved to 149-0 in his career. He’s also a three-time state champ.
Only five Iowa high school wrestlers finished their prep careers undefeated.
Sorensen, who is ranked No. 1 in Class 2-A at 132 pounds, gained weight to have the opportunity to face Meeks, an Iowa State recruit who is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 138.
Meeks and Clark drilled together before they wrestled in Saturday’s finals.
“We never talk about his record, we talk about the next match,” Roosevelt coach Jay Groth said, “and that’s the way he wants it.”
Sorensen’s career record is 131-3.
The 120-pound final also resulted in a showdown between wrestlers ranked No. 1 in Iowa by The Predicament.
Denver-Tripoli’s Dylan Peters (31-0) beat Urbandale’s Colby Knight (25-1) at 120 pounds. Peters is two-time state champ. Knight has won one state title. Peters is first in 2-A, Knight in 3-A.
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