By STEVE ROBENAULT, Staff Reporter
Standing tall for the University of Michigan-Dearborn wrestling club team in November’s Fall Brawl competition was Jared Davidson.
He finished third in the 149-pound weight class. Davidson lost only one close match during the tournament and completed two pins to earn the bronze medal. He was the only athlete from UM-Dearborn to finish in the top three.
“I was definitely nervous going in, so being able to pin in my first and last match was a definite confidence booster,” said Davidson, regarding his first collegiate match.
Davidson is relatively new to the team, joining only a few weeks prior to the Brawl. However, his commitment to the team and improving as a wrestler is “serious,” according to coach Grant MacKenzie.
On the heels of his victory, Davidson followed up with a first place finish at the Mott Bear Open. After his most recent performance it is clear the future for the talented young wrestler is very bright.
“I want to make it to nationals,” Davidson said.
Mackenzie hopes this will translate to more team success this season and in the long run, spur more interest from the student body.
“He has a little bit of a fan club still left over from his high school days, and it’s starting to carry over to this club, which is nice because it has the potential of bringing in future grapplers,” MacKenzie said.
Since its inception in 2010, the Wolverine wrestling team has made positive strides every season.
For info about joining the team, contact Coach MacKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find the team Facebook page at “UM-Dearborn wrestling club.”