Legendary Bartlesville wrestler Clint Eads grew up with a love for all things sports. Clint attended junior high at Madison Middle School, where he wrestled under Coach Darin Messerli, before beginning high school in the fall of 1991.
While wrestling for coach Jim Riley from 1991-1995 Eads put together an impressive resume. In 1993 Eads earned the title of 16 & Under Freestyle National Champion in both the USA Cadet National Championships in Columbia, MO, where his record was 9-0 during the tournament, as well as the AAU Cadet National Championships in Hershey, PA, where his tournament record was 6-0.
In 1994 Eads had the honor of wrestling for the USA National Dual Team where he went 6-0 in the national championships and he also was third in state at the Oklahoma High School Championships. Eads went 27-6 for the Bruins that year.
During Eads senior year as a Bruin he posted a 37-0 record, only had one takedown by an opponent, and only eight matches went to the final whistle. Twenty-nine matches ended in either fall or technical fall. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at three tournaments and became Bartlesville High School’s first wrestling state champion. Eads was named to the 1995 Asics High School All-American team and earned a wrestling scholarship to OU. While at OU Eads competed in the 1996 USA Olympic Team Qualifying Championships.
Following his time in Norman, Eads went on to attend OSU and then graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration. Clint now resides in Bartlesville with his family and is the Director of Payroll for ConocoPhillips. Growing up, Clint’s family was very supportive of him and he had several coaches who made a strong impact on him: Randy Standridge, Darin Messerli and Jim Riley. Under their direction they taught him fundamentals, discipline and conditioning. Clint enjoys being an active volunteer in the Bartlesville public school system and is very proud to say that he is now a member of the Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame.