Cleveland Indians recognize Notre Dame College four-time national champ wrestler Joey Davis


Info courtesy Notre Dame College

A Notre Dame College national champion wrestler—and current student—is being recognized by one of Major League Baseball’s division-leading teams.

Joey Davis, four-time NCAA-II National Champion and the only wrestler in Division II history to win four titles and go undefeated over his college career, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch moments Wednesday before the Cleveland Indians host the Kansas City Royals.

The Indians currently are in first place in their division with an 87-63 record and have the second highest win percentage in the American League.

A resident of South Compton, Calif., Davis has returned to Notre Dame as a fifth-year senior this semester. He is expected to graduate in May 2017 with a degree in communicatin.

He finished his college wrestling career at Notre Dame this spring, winning the national title in the 184-pound weight class and ending his career with a perfect 133-0 record.

At the end of last season, Davis was named the National Wrestler of the Year by the Wrestling Coaches Association and named “Man of the Year” by Wrestling USA Magazine.

In addition, Davis is just the third wrestler in NCAA history to go undefeated as a four-time National Champion, joining Iowa State’s Cael Sanderson (159-0) and Augsburg-Minnesota’s Marcus LeVesseur (155-0).

He made his Bellator MMA debut, defeating Keith Cutrone by unanimous decision, in August.

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