Mason Clarke wrote another chapter into his illustrious wrestling career by taking the gold at the New England Wrestling Championships just a few short weeks ago.
Clarke put a pretty bow on his high school wrestling resume by winning the Rhode Island State Championship. However, Clarke has been in the championship tournament each of his four years in high school. Winning the championship in three straight seasons, while doing so in impressive fashion in his senior season.
The icing on the cake came when Clarke capped off his amazing wrestling career by becoming a New England Champion.
Clark finishes his pre-collegiate career on the highest of notes and he plans to take his talents to the next level where I am sure that he will not disappoint.
I had the pleasure of interview Mason via phone conversation and I asked him what made him get into wrestling at a young age?
“When I was a kid I originally wanted to box but my parents said that was too dangerous so they put me in wrestling instead. I just did recreational at first but then I started winning and fell in love with the sport more and more”, said Clarke.
I think it’s fair to say that was a wise decision as Mason went on to set a Coventry school record for “Most Take-downs” in a single season and put together an 86 win and one loss record in Rhode Island over the last four years.
Clarke discussed his pre-high school days and told me the pressure was always on to be a State and New England Champion.
“Throughout middle school I was always a state champion every year, I never lost a match”, said Clarke.
Clarke is going to be attending Columbia University this upcoming fall where he plans to carry big expectations with him to the collegiate level. When you are able to accomplish that much in a four-year span, people look at you.
I asked him what does he expect to take with him from what he learned in high school over to Columbia
“My mental game, what I learned the two years of high school about believing in myself and believing in my abilities that I can compete with anybody”, said Clarke.
I also asked Clarke what made him choose Columbia compared to other schools.
“It’s one of the best academic schools in the world, their wrestling team is Division I and they are on a upturn and competing really well, felt like a good fit for me”, said Clarke
Clarke has definitely left his legacy at Coventry High School, the State of Rhode Island and now the entire New England area as well.
Mason will be majoring in Economics during his tenure at Columbia University.