Compton native son Joey Davis ‘Wrestler of the Year’
Joey Davis was added to the record books when he won his fourth straight national championship
At 131-0, Joey Davis, four-time national champ is first NCAA-II wrestler unbeaten in his career winning four national titles; coaches vote him ‘Wrestler of the Year’
EDMOND, Okla. — Notre Dame senior wrestler Joey Davis made history earlier this month when he finished his career unbeaten at 131-0, and on Monday, he did it again, as he was named the National Wrestler of the Year by the Wrestling Coaches Association.
Davis put his name in the record books at the National Championships earlier this month when he won his fourth straight National Championship. He became the first wrestler at the NCAA-II level to go unbeaten in his career and win four National Titles. In addition, he finished his career as just the third wrestler in NCAA history to finish his career undefeated as a four-time National Champion, joining Iowa State’s Cael Sanderson (159-0) and Augsburg-Minn.’s Marcus LeVesseur (155-0).
He was a finalist for the award after his freshman year back in 2013 when he won the East Region Wrestler of the Year Award for the first time, but by winning the award, Davis becomes the first student-athlete in the history of NDC’s storied Wrestling Program to win the Award.
“I want to thank all of the college coaches that voted for me,” said Davis. “I am very honored to be the Division-II Wrestler of the Year. It’s a great feeling to finish off my collegiate career with this award. I also would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and Notre Dame for all of the support over my four years.”
Davis won Wrestler of the Year, despite being in a pool of very good wrestlers. He was selected from a pool of incredible Wrestlers, including Wisconsin-Parkside 174-pounder Nick Becker, Lindenwood 157-pounder Terrel Wilbourn, and California Baptist heavyweight Joe Fagiano was also in the running.
“We are extremely proud of Joey’s accomplishments,” said Co-Head Coach Anthony Ralph. “To go undefeated over the past four years is an amazing accomplishment. Joey’s work ethic is second to none, and his dedication to be the best was inspiring to witness. I couldn’t imagine being under the amount of pressure that he was in his final match. He handled it like the true champion he is.”
Davis became the ninth recipient of the Wrestler of the Year award, joining the likes of Nebraska-Kearney heavyweight Tervel Dlagnev (2008), Nebraska-Omaha 157-pounder Todd Meneely (2009), Pittsburgh-Johnstown 133-pounder Shane Valko (2010), Western State 197-pounder Donovan McMahill (2011), Upper Iowa 133-pounder Trevor Franklin (2012), Grand Canyon heavyweight Tyrell Fortune (2013), Kutztown heavyweight Ziad Haddad (2014) and Central Oklahoma 165-pounder Chris Watson (2015).