Scot Davis Retires with Record 984 Wrestling Wins
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Scot Davis of Owatonna (Minn.) retired recently as the No. 1 winner in high school wrestling history.
In 34 years at four high schools, Davis compiled a spectacular 984-149-4 record. No other coach has notched 800 wins. He posted an 886-124-1 record in 25 years at Owatonna and won state titles in Minnesota?s largest classification during 1998 and 2005.
And the former president and publicity director of the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association can write, too. He received the distinguished Bob Dellinger Award from Amateur Wrestling News for being the ?nation?s outstanding writer of wrestling? in 1986.
The 60-year-old coach told MaxPreps that he built his program on numbers. His feeder youth program, for example, peaked with 250 members. He had great high school turnouts each year and scheduled as many matches as possible to get maximum exposure.
Davis once got 51 different wrestlers (14 weight classes) into varsity meets during a single season. Along the way, the Huskies set national records for most takedowns in dual meets in one season (1,465) and in one meet (97); most team victories in one season (60-1 record in 2004-05); and most wrestlers used in varsity meets in one season (51 in 2000).
Davis? individual accomplishments were equally impressive:
* USA team coach to Australia/Hawaii for Down Under Sports, 2010, 2011.
* Wrestling USA ?Master of Wrestling? Award by Wrestling USA Magazine, 2009 (Dan Gable won the award this past season).
* USA Dream Team coach for 13th annual ?Dream Team Classic,? 2009.
* National Wrestling Coach of the Year by Wrestling USA Magazine, 2007.
* National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association, 1998.
Also among his proudest achievements was beating perennial national powerhouse Apple Valley (Minn.) three consecutive times in 2004 and 2005. One of those wins was the most watched and attended meet in Minnesota history ? a 27-24 verdict before a crowd of 10,000 in the state semifinals.
The former Augsburg College All-American and team captain said humbly, ?I am extremely proud of the great people that have helped build our wrestling program here at Owatonna. Several being nationally recognized demonstrates their great value to not only our program but wrestling in general. I have been truly blessed to be associated with these great people.?
For Full Article by Dave Krider of MaxPreps.com
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