RIP: Death of Clint Arlis shocks Batavia wrestling community

Bruno Cooke January 13, 2022
RIP: Death of Clint Arlis shocks Batavia wrestling community

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Scott Bayer, Batavia High School’s head wrestling coach, has shared the sad news of the death of Clint Arlis – a former Bachelorette contestant and competitive wrestler.

How old was he and how have members of the Batavia Wrestling community reacted to the tragic news?

Batavia Wrestling mourns All-Time great Clint Arlis

Scott Bayer, currently in his ninth year as head coach of Batavia High School’s wrestling team, announced yesterday (13 January) on Twitter that 2005 graduate Clint Arlis had died.

He tweeted: “It is with a heavy heart and a sense of profound loss we announce the death of one of the Batavia Wrestling Program’s All-Time greats.”

Clint’s father, Tom Arlis, is also a Batavia Wrestling coach. Besides his father, Clint is survived by wife Jamie, sister Taylor, and “kid brother” Logan Arlis, who is also a wrestling coach.

When did he join Batavia Wrestling?

Clint Arlis graduated from the Batavia Wrestling Program in 2005 as one of its “All-Time greats”.

In its history section, the Batavia Wrestling website lauds Arlis for passing “100 career wins with a 41-win season”.

It adds: “Clint Arlis became the first three-time state qualifier, finishing his career with 147 career wins.”

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His father Tom and brother Logan also feature prominently in the club’s recent history. 

The former took over the reins of the programme in 2003-04 after a successful coaching career at Naperville North and began a streak of three straight Suburban Prairie Conference North championships.

A few years later, Logan went on to “make more history” in Champaign by taking second place – “equalling Matt Weight’s finish in 2000 and the best by any Bulldog”.

He was also on The Bachelorette

Clint Arlis was a contestant on the 11th season of The Bachelorette, which premiered on 18 May 2015.

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Source: YouTube [ABC]

The season featured, for the first time in the show’s history, two Bachelorettes in the first episode: Kaitlyn Bristowe, 29, from Vancouver, British Columbia; and Britt Nilsson, 27, from California.

Arlis went out in week three.

Tributes following death of Clint Arlis

Born 29 July 1987 and hailing from Batavia, Illinois, Clint Arlis was just 34 years of age when he died.

“On behalf of all of us in the Batavia Wrestling Family,” Bayer tweeted, “we send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Arlis Family during this period of unimaginable heartbreak and grief.”

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Other members of the wrestling community expressed their sadness at the news.

“Very sorry to hear about the loss of Clint”, wrote Waubonsie Valley Warriors Wrestling on Twitter. “Our condolences to the Arlis family and all the people whose lives were impacted by knowing him.”

DGS Wrestling wrote: “We are so incredibly sorry for your loss and the loss of the Arlis family during this unimaginable time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”

The Focus would like to send its own condolences to the family and friends of Clint Arlis.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.