JEROME, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) Cory Clark won the NCAA National Championship in wrestling for Iowa. Now he's in Jerome this weekend helping area youth at camp.
Clark knows what it takes to overcome adversity.
After all, the Iowa wrestler just had surgery after sustaining a torn labrum and fractured wrist.
Now he's in Jerome this weekend helping area youth with their abilities, all while showing them a tenacious attitude.
"It's a way to spread the word about wrestling and my technique and the way I approach the sport. After the NCAA national championship I had surgery to repair my wrist and shoulder. So that's only been less than three months ago, it's a five month full recovery. it's a good time to get myself back into shape and work in these camps to start that," explained Clark.
Collin Robertson, the Jerome head middle school coach added, "I really enjoyed how the kids were interacting yesterday and asking questions what makes a champion and how he handles the pressure. He's been on the biggest stage wrestling in front of 20,000 people to win a national championship. To share what he shared was pretty basic and pretty helpful."
Clark exclaimed, "being on ESPN on a Saturday night, played viral across America that's a big deal and the arena is sold out. It's something to work towards, to spread the word, spread the message and hopefully they learn about the sport and grow the sport."
Clark is planning to compete in the Olympic trials next year with hopes of making the 2020 USA Olympics team.