Jared Davidson wins 2014 Mott Bear Open

Jared Davidson competes in the Fall Brawl. (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn wrestling).
Jared Davidson competes in the Fall Brawl. (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn wrestling).

By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter

Jared Davidson won his first collegiate championship representing the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s wrestling team on Nov. 19 in the Mott Bear Open.

“Winning it felt amazing,” Davidson said. “It was extremely special, because it was my first tournament win as a collegiate wrestler.”

The 149-pound Davidson went 4-0, advancing by two pins, a decision and a technical fall to win the Mott Bear Open and finish out the fall semester. Wrestling coach Grant Mackenzie was impressed with Davidson’s performance in the tournament.

“He was outstanding,” Mackenzie said. “He was very motivated…Jared has that look like ‘He is ready.'”

In the first round, Davidson defeated Bowling Green State University’s Adam Zantal with a pin. The first match lasted 1:32. In the second round, Davidson defeated Bowling Green’s Austin Brown with a pin in just 51 seconds. Davidson’s wins in his first two matches lifted him past the third round into the fourth.

“He wrestles with urgency,” Mackenzie said. “He’s a hustler.”

In the fourth round, Davidson defeated Michigan State University’s Andrew Thomas 21-5 in a technical fall. Then in the final and fifth round, Davidson defeated Mott Community College’s Nick Byrd in a decision 8-7, taking the championship.

Davidson has a 9-1 record on the year and leads the UM-Dearborn wrestling team in matches and wins. Going into the winter, Mackenzie sees big things for Davidson going forward.

“He has his eyes set on the national tournament in Texas,” he said. “He’s going to be in the national rankings sooner or later.”

The next tournament for the Wolverine wrestlers will kick off the winter semester and take place on February 1, at the Grand Valley State University Laker Classic. The weigh in begins at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. is when wrestling kicks off.