By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s wrestling team was at it again on Feb. 1, placing second in the Grand Valley State University Laker Classic.
Freshman wrestler Jared Davidson took second place overall during the tournament, scoring 12 points for the Wolverines in his run to the final round.
“Jared fought his way to the finals of two college wrestling tournaments this season, and I’m honored to be his coach,” said wrestling coach Grant MacKenzie.
Davidson took a bye in the first round and jumped to the quarterfinals to take on Vinny Deem of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor club team. He defeated Deem by fall in 6:43 to move on.
In the semifinal, Davidson was pitted against another UM-Ann Arbor club wrestler, Derek Tulla. This round was fought out but Davidson was able to land the victory in a 9-3 decision to head to the first place match.
In the finals, Davidson couldn’t keep his hot streak alive. He took on Davenport University’s Brent Schafer and was pinned in 26 seconds.
Davidson is now 11-2 on the season and 2-1 in the beginning of the winter semester for the Wolverines.
The Wolverine wrestlers will have one more meet before they head to qualifiers. MacKenzie is excited about the way the season is trending for Davidson.
“I predict Jared will receive the number two seed for the Great Lakes Conference and is a likely candidate to qualify for 2015 NCWA Championships in Allen, Texas,” he said. “In the meantime, Jared needs to focus on consistent practice, nutrition and rest to reach his potential.”
If Davidson is able to qualify for the NCWA Championships then he could be the second wrestler in program history to receive such an honor. He would also be the first UM-Dearborn wrestler to actually compete in the prestigious event.
Next the Wolverines will be heading to the Michigan State Championships in Flint, Mich. on Feb. 15. Davidson will look to continue his winning ways on the road to qualifiers.