Catching up with 2-time Athlete of the Week wrestler

Mitch Clark

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The North Country Sports Hall of Fame inducted its third class at the Italian-American Civic Association in Watertown Saturday night.

It was a chance to catch up with a two-time winner of the 7 News Athlete of the Week Award.

Mitch Clark is a graduate of Canton and then Ohio State. Wrestling led him into the North Country Hall of Fame.

"Went in with a class with unbelievable accolades, I'm just honored to be going in with this third year of the event," Clark said. "I'm super proud to be a north country athlete, always bragged about it my whole life of being a wrestler from this area -- I value the time that I spent up here."

At Canton High School, he finished runner-up twice in states and captured the 1993 high school national wrestling championship. At Ohio State, he was two-time Big 10 champion and won an NCAA title in 1998, finishing the season with a 39-1 mark.

He looks back on his achievements. "A lot of support, great coaches and a great family -- it was all hands on deck to try to find creative ways to excel in the sport of wrestling."

After his wrestling career, Clark stayed connected with the sport while setting up roots in Ithaca.

“I sell fitness equipment to schools and universities in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and the north country and I help with Cornell wrestling and I run my wrestling camp throughout the country, so I’m very much involved with wrestling still, a sport I love -- still get to work with athletes and get them to excel on the mat.”

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