Joey “Iceman” Davis Is ‘King of the Grapplers’
[caption id="attachment_176" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Joey Davis wins third straight NCAA collegiate wrestling championship. He has now amassed an amazing college record of 110-0. Prior to that, Davis was undefeated in four years of high school
By Tim Warsinskey
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio – –Notre Dame College junior Joey Davis won his third NCAA Division II wrestling national title and ran his career record to 110-0 , March 14, 2015 at the NCAA championships in St. Louis.
Davis defeated Maryville sophomore Zeb Wahle, 4-2, in the 174-pound final. He broke a 1-1 tie using a high, single-leg takedown with 30 seconds remaining.
After time expired, a jubilant Davis leaped into the arms of assistant coach Anthony Ralph and enveloped head coach Frank Romano in a big bear hug.
Davis, from Compton, Calif., reached the finals with a major decision and two decisions.
Notre Dame College, the defending team champion, was eliminated early from contention and finished sixth with 50 points. St. Cloud State won with 84.5 points. Tiffin was ninth, Ashland 16th, and Lake Erie College 19th.
Davis was the lone Northeast Ohio champ, but not the only finalist.
Ashland junior Michael Labry of Twinsburg lost a dramatic 133-pound final, 7-6, on riding time to Nebraska-Kearney’ss Daniel DeShazer, the 2013 champ. In the final, 30-second overtime, Labry needed an escape in fewer than nine seconds, but got out too late.
Lake Erie College junior Matt Vandermeer lost the 165-pound final, 7-2, to unbeaten Chris Watson of Central Oklahoma.
Vandermeer became LEC’s first All-American in 2012.
Last year, NDC went 8-0 in semifinal and championship matches to win the title at Public Hall, but the Falcons did not come close to matching that performance this weekend.
“Our team has worked extremely hard this year and to see them not come here and perform like I know they are capable it hurts,” Davis told NCAA.com before the finals. “I’m going to do what I have to do to represent my school and to bring them another national championship.”
NDC had two other two champs, Jonatan Rivera (157) and Garrett Lineberger (184). Rivera placed fourth and Lineberger was pinned in the first round and failed to win a match.
The Falcons’ Maurice Miller (141) of Canton placed third, and Ivan McClay (125) of Massillon was seventh.
Davis beat Wahle in two previous matches this season, 6-5 in overtime in January at the National Duals and 3-1 last month.
Davis next March can become the fifth Division II wrestler to win four titles. The others are Central Oklahoma’s Cole Province, Portland State’s Dan Russell, Omaha’s Les Sigman and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s Tim Wright.