SOUTH EUCLID —Imagine competing in a college sport and never losing a single match in four years. It happened to one local student-athlete and now he is part of NCAA history.
The only thing 22-year-old Notre Dame wrestler Joey Davis knows how to do is win, win, win. He’s done it that way for four-straight years.
“It was never a game plan to win four national championships, my goal was just to make Notre Dame Wrestling a better place and a better team,” Davis said.
Davis is straight out of Compton, California. He grew up as the second youngest in a family of five and spent much of his youth playing football, he was even coached by American rap star Snoop Dogg.
“I grew up hard and we’re still living hard,” said Davis. “Nothing changed for me life wise, he even though I won four titles and that’s what sucks sometimes.”
Davis was a highly sought-after wrestler in high school. Notre Dame co-head wrestling coach Anthony Ralph first saw him wrestle at Walsh Jesuit High School. He later flew out to Los Angeles to sell Davis on wrestling for the Falcons.
“What attracted me the most was his competitive attitude, his shot, his double leg was amazing,” said Ralph.
Davis came to South Euclid, looking to be the best, and he was. He made history as the first wrestler in Division II history to win four national championships. He is the third wrestler in all of the NCAA to finish his career undefeated at 131-0.
“I was thinking about losing, I was thinking what happens if I lose, did I come this far to lose?” Davis said.
Joey joins an elite fraternity in the wrestling circle but what means more to him than the undefeated career and the four-time national champion is the fact that he’ll do something no one in his family has ever done, graduate from college.
“Being in college was not the vision,” Davis said. “The plan was to stay home and play football but things change and now I’m feeling like Olympic title.”
The future is bright for this young kid who is still wrestling with the idea of being on top of the world.
Davis is most proud that he won four national championships in three different weight classes. His latest title came in the 184 pound weight class.