Class of 2024

Scott Clark, Hoffman Estates/Bensenville (Fenton)


Scott Clark's wrestling career started in 1961 at Mundelein High School, where he wrestled for four years under Coach Don Miller. He was an IHSA qualifier in 1964 and 1965 and made it to the semifinals in 1964 lost in overtime and then fell one win shy of placing at 120 and he also fell one win shy of a medal at 120 in 1965. He was selected as Mundelein's Most Valuable Wrestler in 1964 and 1965. While at Mundelein, he also participated in track and field for four years and football for three years. In 1965, he also qualified for IHSA State Track and Field Meet in Track in the 100 and 220 yard dashes, and was selected as Mundelein’s track team MVP in 1965. In 1965-1966, he wrestled at Northwestern University under 1978 IWCOA Hall of Famer Ken Kraft. Then he attended Triton College in 1966-1967 and since it didn't have a wrestling team, he served as a volunteer coach at West Leyden. In 1967, he moved on to Western Illinois University in Macomb and  wrestled for coach Bob McMahon. In 1967-1968, he qualified for the NAIA National Tournament and in 1968-1969, he qualified for the NCAA College Division National Tournament finishing as runner up at 123 pounds and also qualified for the NCAA University Division. The next season, 1969-1970, he experienced a career-ending injury and finished with a 54-20-1 record. In 1971 after graduating with a B.S. in Physical Education, he was also commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army after completing their ROTC program. In 1972, he earned his Masters in Education at WIU and also taught physical education and was an assistant football and wrestling coach at Macomb High School. In 1992 he was inducted into the WIU Athletic Hall of Fame for being the school's first All-American wrestler in 1969. From 1972 to 2004, he taught driver education and physical education at Fenton High School in Bensenville. He was the school's freshman coach from 1972 to 1990, when he succeeded 1986 IWCOA Hall of Fame inductee Steve Weiss as the Bison's head coach. He won 129 dual meets in 14 seasons and regional championships in 2003 and 2004. In his final season, 2003-04, his team went 19-3 and lost to Niles Notre Dame 30-28 in the sectional final to fall short of a trip to Class AA Dual Team Finals. In 1999, he retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and in 2004, he retired from teaching at Fenton. Since 2004, he has been a volunteer coach at Fenton. He has been married to his wife, Kitty, for 53 years, and she has been by his side through all the years of wrestling and army duty.