Kent State Tuscarawas Wrestler Featured in Award-Winning Sundance Film on Netflix

Kent State Tuscarawas sophomore and Golden Eagles wrestler, Zion Clark, is featured in an award-winning short documentary that will air on Netflix on August 10.

The 20-year-old from Massillon was born without legs from a condition known as caudal regression syndrome and grew up in foster homes until he was adopted in his teens. He was first introduced to wrestling while in the second grade and has become a wrestling phenomenon who overcomes obstacles and accepts challenges, both on and off the mat. “Wrestling opened a door for me when I was seven years old,” Clark said. “I thought it was the most fun thing in the world!”

The inspirational Sundance film, titled Zion, focuses on his early struggles and his days at Massillon High School as a young wrestler. Zion has won several awards, including Best Documentary Short at Atlanta Film Festival, Best International Short Documentary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Best Short Film at Omaha Film Festival, and the Audience Award – Special Recognition at Aspen’s ShortsFest.

The film is also a nominee for Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and Short Documentary Award at Sheffield International Documentary Festival.

For more information on Clark’s Sundance documentary airing on Netflix, visit

Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 300 University Dr. NE in New Philadelphia.

POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2018 11:54 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 04:17 AM