Andrew Davison had one of those summers.
After winning the
USA Wrestling folkstyle national championship in April, Davison picked up
the USAW Cadet (age 15-16) Greco-Roman title earlier this month in Fargo,
“It was a long
month, but it was worth it in the long run,” Davison said. “I expected to
compete well in both styles. It was nice to make the big stage in Greco. I
raised my expectation level for the future. I gained a lot of confidence.”
Wrestling for Team
Indiana and the Duneland Wrestling Club, Davison racked up three tech fall
victories to start the tournament bracket at 182 pounds.
“This was my first
trip (to Fargo) too,” coach, and father, Keith Davison said. “It was a new
experience. I hoped he’d do well, but didn’t expect it. I thought he had a
chance in Freestyle, but Greco is a little new for him.”
Cameron Sauerwein of Ohio (12-0), Colin Funkhouser of Pennsylvania (10-0)
and Wisconsin’s Bryce Holderman (10-) to reach the quarterfinals. After a
win over Oregon’s Cameron Campbell by fall (1:10), Davison faced Michigan’s
Brandon Whitman who he lost to three previous times.
This time, Davison
took advantage of a four-point throw to take an early lead, before Whitman
tied the match at 5-all after six minutes of action. Davison was awarded the
victory on criteria after being declared the more aggressive wrestler.
“I was really
excited for that match,” Andrew said. “I had a chip on my shoulder and as a
little nervous. The throw really settled me down and closed the deal for me.
(Whitman) was probably the toughest opponent I’ve wrestled. It’s nice to
have a little rivalry with someone like that.”
In the finals,
Davison beat Anthony Walters of Pennsylvania 5-3 for the title.
“Greco is staying
in position a lot more,” Andrew said. “That alone will help me with
everything I do. If you’re good in position, its harder for them to do
things against you.”
The week in North
Dakota continued as Davison ventured into the 182 pound bracket of the USAW
cruised to the quarterfinals with tech fall victories over Miles Nuessle of
Arizona (14-2), Jack Wimmer of Pennsylvania (10-0) and Iowa’s Kaleb Reeves
(10-0). A quarterfinal tech fall victory over Drake Mcadow of Nevada (10-0)
continued his victorious run.
Davison’s run came
to halt in the semifinals as he fell 13-5 to Wisconsin’s Jacob Raschka.
Raschka would win the title with a 6-5 win over Whitman.
“I feel like I let
myself down a little bit there,” Andrew said. “I’d beat him before in the
folkstyle national finals. That’s a learning experience for me. You have to
have your best match against everybody.”
In the consolation
bracket, Davison beat Pennsylvania’s Gavin Hoffman by tech fall (12-1) and
West Virgina’s Noah Adams by tech fall (12-1) for third place.
“It was pretty
validating,” Keith Davison said. “He’s got wrestling in his brain. I think
it’s a galvanizer for him and will help him carry some momentum into next