By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
As a freshman, Jared Davidson has already made his presence felt as one of the stars on the University of Michigan-Dearborn wrestling team. The 149-pound Davidson is off to a hot start, beginning the year with a 9-1 record. Davidson won his first collegiate championship in the Mott Bear Open.
After his championship performance, Davidson was nominated for the Michigan Journal’s Player of the Week.
Staff reporter Geoff Mehl spoke with Davidson after being awarded Player of the Week.
Q: Where are you from, and what high school did you attend?
A: I am from South Lyon, and I attended South Lyon High School.
Q: In high school, what interested you about wrestling, and what got you into it?
A: I actually started wrestling in ninth grade because my friends and I often had friendly grappling fights, and I really took a liking to it. I made the sudden transition from playing basketball and football and decided to wrestle.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a wrestler?
A: My favorite part about being a wrestler is the discipline that is unique to it. No other sport that I have ever played has ever required the intense amount of physical and emotional stress. You learn to crave it as time goes on.
Q: What are some of the achievements you earned as a wrestler in high school?
A: In high school, I made the varsity team my freshman year and really spent the next couple years getting to the pace of everyone else. My junior and senior year, I placed eighth and third at the KLAA tournament, and my senior year I qualified for regionals, losing in the blood rounds to make it to states.
Q: As a freshman, what has been like taking the step from high school wrestling to college?
A: The biggest difference that I have noticed is that in high school, mistakes that you make are not always caught. You can get away with a lot more mistakes without it costing you too much. In college, if you are not technically sound, your flaws will be picked out very fast. I experienced that in my one loss this semester at my first tournament.
Q: What did you expect going into the fall brawl, and was it like for you to win it?
A: Going into the Mott Bear Open, I expected to get a chance at redemption for my one loss against an opponent from Mott at the fall brawl. Unfortunately, he was in a different weight class, replaced by the wrestler who took 2nd at the fall brawl in the weight class above me. I knew it was going to be a tough match once I faced him, but I was confident I could beat him. Winning it felt amazing, it was extremely special because it was my first tournament win as a collegiate wrestler.
Q: What are some of your goals to accomplish as a wrestler at UM-Dearborn?
A: As a wrestler at (UM-) Dearborn, I really want to become All-American. My first priority is making it to nationals though, so I will be working hard next semester towards that.
Q: Outside of wrestling, what are some of your hobbies or things you like to do?
A: Outside of wrestling, I have many things that I like to do. I love hanging out with my friends, playing other sports like football, baseball, ultimate Frisbee, and fishing. I have a strong passion for science, and I am often either reading articles online or looking through the microscope I purchased.
Q: What is your favorite sport, and did you play any other sports in high school?
A: My favorite sport is wrestling by far. To me, at the competitive level, it is the most fun to watch and participate in. I also love watching football and baseball. My favorite teams are the Lions and the Tigers.
Q: What is your major, and why did you chose it?
A: I am double majoring in bioengineering and mechanical engineering. I chose my majors because I wanted to be able to apply my strong skills in math and physics with my passion for biology. I am excited to see where my path will take me.
Q: What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
A: The semester has already ended but starting next semester, I will be working as hard as I can to make a run for nationals. That is my ultimate goal.