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Bringing 100% to the table, and then some

The measure of a star athlete is often found in the heart that beats beneath the accomplishments.

By any stretch of the imagination, Alon Clipper is not your average run of the mill standout athlete. In fact, he is arguably the best pound-for-pound athlete in the entire Fredericksburg area.
He may appear humble, and quiet, but when he competes, the spotlight instantly gravitates towards him. Whether it’s catching the winning touchdown, scoring a clutch basket with no time remaining, or slamming an opponent to the mat during a wrestling meet, he is unquestionably a rising star.

During the senior’s three years at King George High School, he has played a crucial role in the development of the Foxes football, basketball, and most recently, the wrestling program. Possibly, the most interesting part of Clipper’s athletic background is that he has never played organized school sports before coming to King George. The six-foot, 152-pound senior’s skills are raw, and purely athletic—coaches, teammates, and rivals say he is the genuine article; however, he is fundamentally sound in every aspect of every sport in which he has competed since he left Forestville, Md. four years ago.
Fox wrestling head coach Kwan Kim was surprised to see Clipper’s instant impact on his team’s success. “It was a nice surprise to find a gem like him in the area,” Kim said. “If he had wrestled throughout high school, he would be among the top four wrestlers in the area. Although he lost three years, it says a lot for his present accomplishments, and speaks volumes for his abilities. With his speed and strength, he shines out there on the mat.” Currently Clipper is undefeated, with a 12-0 record.

Most recently during a tri-Battlefield District wrestling meet at Caroline High School, Clipper’s fortitude was tried and tested, as he had to move up in weight against  170-pound Culpeper wrestler Cody Vick. “My coaches told me that he may be bigger than you; just go out there and do what you normally do, and wrestle,” Clipper said.

After Clipper threw Vick to the mat on four different occasions, he had gained a sizeable 4-1 lead; Vick was forced to take a momentary break to bandage a nosebleed. However, during the latter stages, Clipper injured his thumb, which made wrestling difficult, and allowed Vick to tie the match at 4-4. Concerned about Clipper’s injury, his coaches frantically screamed out instructions, but Clipper gave them his traditional nod, and finished the match with a 7-5 victory. Clipper also pinned 160-pound Caroline wrestler, Isaiah Patxot, Jr. The Foxes later won both matches; King George 37 – Caroline 36, King George 34 – Culpeper 33.

Clipper’s journey into the world of wrestling began while competing in junior league, while living in Prince Georges County, Md. While football, and basketball dominated his extracurricular athletic activities for the past three years, the memories of wrestling battles were never far from his mind. After speaking with his mother during the close of the football season, he decided to step outside of the box and reenter the world of wrestling.

Kim and the Fox wrestling staff are adamant that Clipper has the right stuff to go all the way to the State Championships, and possibly win it all. “He has the quality of good balance, and raw athleticism, which is something you can’t coach,” Kim said.

Clipper is by athletic definition a triple threat. He has the physical aptitude and endurance to compete in whatever sport he choses throughout the year without missing a beat. During the fall season, as wide receiver, Clipper helped the Foxes football team to a post-season berth Regional quarterfinal game against Smithfield. Throughout the season, Clipper established himself as a go-to-receiver. His clutch catches helped the Foxes reestablish their program with 9-3, 6-2 record, and become a true contender for postseason play for many years to come.

“You could always depend on Alon, because he was one of those athletes that blossomed, and took everything that was given to him and ran with it.
“He was one of our main receivers, who caught the ball well, and ran after the catch. He was instrumental in our program as a quiet leader who led by example,” said Jeff Smith, KGHS football coach.

At the end of the fall sports season, Clipper was among the top yardage, and touchdown receivers in the area. “From a coaching aspect, he is one of those players you’d love to have,” Smith said. “He will bring a 110% to the table, and no matter what you ask of him, consider it done.”

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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