The death of Clint Arlis, a former Bachelorette contestant and competitive wrestler who trained under Batavia High School’s head wrestling coach Matt Bayer, has been reported. How old was he, and how has the Batavia Wrestling community responded to the tragic news?
Batavia Wrestling mourns All-Time great Clint Arlis
Batavia High School wrestling coach Steve Bayer announced on Twitter yesterday that 2005 graduate Clint Arlis had died.
He wrote on his Twitter: “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.”
Aside from his father, Batavia Wrestling coach Tom Arlis, Clint was survived by wife Jamie, sister Taylor, and “kid brother” Logan Arlis. He also had a nieces and nephews.
When did he join Batavia Wrestling?
In 2005, Batavia Wrestling Program graduate Clint Arlis was designated as one of the program’s “All-Time greats”.
The Batavia Wrestling website has this to say about Arlis in his career section: “Arlis passed 100 career victories with a 41-win season,” as if it were an accomplishment.
It adds: “Clint Arlis became the first three-time state qualifier, finishing his career with 147 career wins.” His father Tom and brother Logan also feature prominently in the club’s recent history.
Following a successful coaching career at Naperville North, the pair took over the reigns of the program in 2003-04 and began a run of three consecutive Suburban Prairie Conference North titles. Logan went on to “make more history” in Champaign a few years later, when he took second place – “matching Matt Weight’s 2000 placing and being the best by any Bulldog.”
He was also on The Bachelorette
On May 18, 2015, the 11th season of The Bachelorette premiered with Clint Arlis as a contestant. For the first time in the show’s history, there were two Bachelorettes in the premiere episode: Kaitlyn Bristowe, 29, from Vancouver, British Columbia; and Britt Nilsson, 27, from California. In Week Three (April 15), he was eliminated.
Tributes following death of Clint Arlis
Clint Arlis, who was born on July 29, 1987 and hailed from Batavia, Illinois, was just 34 years old when he died. “On behalf of the entire Batavia Wrestling Family,” Bayer tweeted , “we offer our most heartfelt condolences to the Arlis family during this time of unimaginable sadness and despair.”
Many other members of the wrestling world were saddened by the announcement.
“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.”
“We are sorry for your great sorrow and the Arlis family’s loss during this terrible time,” DGS Wrestling stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
The Focus wishes to offer its heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Clint Arlis.