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Lucas Davison wins two National wrestling titles

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Lucas Davison’s 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.”

Davison dominated 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 incredible.”

Davison became 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 All-American.

“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.”

Trojans Ethan 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.

Ellis was Chesterton’s 12th and 13th Fargo All-American in four years and the fourth to double-up in Freestyle and Greco.




Posted 8/3/2018




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