Knee injury won't set Davis back

Coach says scholarship to Okla. State unaffected

Wrestling

High Schools

April 27, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Crownsville resident Ryan Davis said that surgery to repair a knee injury suffered two weeks ago while wrestling a larger opponent will not affect his scholarship to defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State University.

Davis, a three-time National Preps champ who earned Sun Wrestler of the Year honors as a McDonogh sophomore in 2000-01, said he "was messing around with a bigger guy and got chop-blocked to the knee."

Jeff Buxton, Davis' wrestling coach at Blair Academy in New Jersey, confirmed his status with Oklahoma State.

"[Doctors] repaired the [anterior cruciate ligament], and later on this month he'll have surgery to repair the [lateral colateral ligament,]" Buxton said. "He also hurt his hamstring, so it's a pretty damaging injury but one that he can recover from. It will take time, and this is a setback, but he'll be in bigger, better tournaments [at Oklahoma State] as his career moves along.

"Right now, he's concentrating on finishing up his schoolwork and graduating, but he's eager to get back on the mat."

Davis, who competed at 145 pounds for Blair Academy this past winter, had planned to redshirt as an OSU freshman. The Cowboys return a two-time national champion at 133 pounds, a Big 12 Conference runner-up at 141 and a Big 12 champ and fourth-place NCAA tournament finisher at 149 pounds.

"Everything's fine with OSU," Davis said. "I'm still going to be there this summer, rehabbing."

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