Chance McClure recently added yet another national title to his already illustrious list of wrestling achievements.
The rising senior Tiger competed in the Cadet and Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D. McClure competed with hundreds of the best junior wrestlers across the nation in both the freestyle and Greco divisions.
McClure swept the bracket in the 195 lb. Greco division, earning a perfect 8-0 record and his first Cadet and Junior National Championship. McClure also earned a seventh-place finish in the freestyle division.
McClure’s championship in Fargo adds to a storied 2013 year in which he won the GHSA Class A state title (195 lb.) in February and the National High School Coaches Association Championship at Virginia Beach in April.
McClure entered the tournament nationally ranked as the number-10 wrestler in his weight class, but after defeating other ranked wrestlers on his way to the title, he can expect to be even higher on the boards once rankings are released.
While McClure eventually came away with his title, it was no walk in the park.
“My first two or three matches were tech-falls and I got out of there pretty quick,” said McClure. “After that, it was a two or three-point decision in every match. Every match was close.”
Greco style wrestling differs from traditional high school wrestling in that it is mostly upper-body based. Wrestlers can’t grab each other’s legs and points are scored differently, McClure explained.
“It’s a really complicated system when you are first getting into it,” he added. “You really have to watch it for a while to understand it.”
McClure’s biggest moment came in his final match against number-five ranked Jeremy Sweany of California. About 40 seconds into the match, McClure took Sweany down and earned two points. From there, the match was a perpetual deadlock. McClure didn’t take any chances and held off Sweany’s attacks for the rest of the match.
When the buzzer finally rang, McClure threw his arms up in jubilation as his Georgia teammates rushed out on the mat to congratulate him.
McClure trains with his longtime coaches Dustin Kawa and Terry Allison of the Wrestling Academy in Lawrenceville. Allison was also McClure’s ring coach in his national matches.
While most of his summer wrestling events are over, McClure plans on keeping up his training and staying fit for his final football and wrestling seasons at Commerce High School.