Tony Davidson has been wrestling since he was in the seventh grade, and he has had to finish off his final year of wrestling with many difficulties because of COVID-19.
Though Davidson has enjoyed his time wrestling, including this year, he has struggled in having to deal with how the year has gone.
“It’s been tough. From not being able to wrestle for six weeks to getting right back into it, it has been crazy hard, but I’ve loved every moment of it,” Davidson said. It was a bummer “because we were in quarantine for a total of six weeks, which caused us to miss half of our season.”
Despite the challenges, Davidson has worked hard to better himself this season as he said he has been continuously practicing and getting his mentality to a stronger position.
He has good reason to as Davidson will soon be competing in the wrestling regionals this weekend.
“I see [regionals] going pretty good as well as having a few tough matches,” Davidson said.
Throughout his time wrestling, Davidson said his most notable achievements have been losing 100 pounds as well as no longer wrestling in the heavyweight class for the first time since he started wrestling.
School hasn’t posed much of a challenge over the years for Davidson as he said that it’s gotten easier over the past few years and he continues to set goals for himself this season.
Achieving his goal of getting down to 220 pounds, Davidson’s current goal is getting to see every one of his teammates place at regionals.
“Tony has made a huge change this season in weight classes. He made a goal to get down to 220 for his senior season, and he’s been down at that weight and is really enjoying it,” Wrestling coach Matt Kennedy said. “He’s been working hard and doing things right. I’m excited to see how he performs come regionals this weekend.”
Davidson wouldn’t be able to do all of this alone as he says he’s drawn much inspiration from his mother over the years.
“She works two jobs for me and my brother to do all of our sports and to give us the best life possible. Thank you, mom,” Davidson said.
When Davidson isn’t focusing on wrestling, he enjoys hanging out with friends, lifting weights, and researching motorcycles.
In the end, Davidson himself puts it best, “I’m just living, man, just L-I-V-IN.”