2022 NCAA finalist Kizhan Clarke (photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Today, the Tar Heel Wrestling Club announced via social media that 2022 NCAA runner-up Kizhan Clarke will be staying in Chapel Hill to train with the THWC as he pursues an international wrestling career. According to the THWC, Clarke will be competing for Germany as he competes in freestyle.
Clarke who started his wrestling career at American University, went to UNC as a graduate transfer to enroll in law school.
In 2021-22, Clarke had a sparkling 17-1 record in the regular season but had a rough ACC tournament and went 0-2. That forced him to rely on an at-large berth to Detroit. As the 15th seed, Clarke took out #2 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa), #6 ACC champion Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh), and #10 Jake Bergeland (Minnesota) during his remarkable finals run. Clarke finished the year with a 21-4 record and was 101-37 collegiately. His finals appearance gave the Tar Heels back-to-back seasons with an NCAA finalist for the first time since 1995-96.