encore wasn’t too bad.
The Chesterton High
grad and future Northwestern Wildcat built on an IHSAA State Championship at
195 pounds and added a pair of National Championships last month.
Davison capped his
pre-collegiate career by going 13-0 in Freestyle and Greco-roman wrestling
tournaments to claim the 195 titles in the USMC Cadet & Junior National
Championships in Fargo, N.D.
“Fargo is one of
the tournaments with tons of people,” Davison said. “About 5,000 wrestlers.
Big crowds. Tough competition. It’s what you train for.”
This year marked
Davison’s third 10-day trip to Fargo, with different results.
“I matured and
learned a lot from my losses in the previous years,” Davison said. “You have
to be able to learn from different situations. I showed some aggression. I
wrestled a lot of matches between the end of high school and Fargo.
“I didn’t wrestle
perfect, but I was ready for what was going on.”
the competition with 11 tech fall victories, one pin and had just one match
go the distance, while outscoring his opponents 145-10.
“There’s a certain
point where you expose a guy and you can blow it open in Freestyle and Greco
where you only need 10 points,” Davison said. “You’re always in danger and
that lit a fire under me.”
A fire is something
that was instilled in Davison at a young age and continues through training
with his dad, Keith.
“I trained with my
dad and at Northwestern with my coaches a lot to get ready,” Davison said.
“My dad is incredible. He dedicates a lot of his time to wrestling and
making me better. He makes time when he really doesn’t have time. His energy
to make me, the kids in Chesterton and the kids of Indiana better is just
Chesterton’s 14th and 15th All-American, 1st Fargo double champion and the
3rd and 4th Fargo champ.
He also is
Indiana’s 13th Junior Freestyle champ, 7th Junior Greco champ, 4th Junior
double champ, 3rd three-time All-American and 3rd two-time Junior double
“I think I like
freestyle a little more,” Davison said. “I like grabbing legs and it’s
fast-paced with a lot of scoring. It translates a little more to what I’ll
be doing in college. Greco is unique for sure.”
Kaiser, Brock Ellis and Danny Tolin joined Davison in Fargo.
Ellis placed fourth
in the Cadet Freestyle Tournament and finished 5-2 overall. He also finished
sixth in Greco where he lost to top-ranked Carson Manville of Pennsylvania
at 145 pounds.
Chesterton’s 12th and 13th Fargo All-American in four years and the fourth
to double-up in Freestyle and Greco.