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There were rules to follow to survive growing up in Compton. It was a matter of life or death knowing what to wear, what to say, what not to say. Stories of success in the face of near certain failure are inspirational.
Joey Davis's journey from Compton to Cleveland is such a story.
“I have had the opportunity to train with Joey on multiple occasions. The thing that impressed me the most was that he was fearless, he fought every second he was training. He didn’t care if he was giving up weight, or strength. He was prepared to give his all every time he came into the room.”
KYLE SNYDER Olympic champion, two-time World champion, three-time NCAA champion and the youngest World and Olympic gold medalist in USA Wrestling history.
“I have seen some great talents...none greater than Joey Davis.”
BOBBY DOUGLAS Two-time World medalist, former USA Olympic Freestyle head coach,
the fi African-American Olympic wrestler and the only African-American head coach
to win an NCAA team title.
“I’ve known Joey since he was 14 years old. He has always been special. I recognized right away the champion qualities he carries with him to this day. His athletic ability is only matched by his passion for the sport. He is a role model not only for Compton, but he is also a role model for our country.”
KEVIN JACKSON-USA Wrestling Freestyle Developmental head coach,
Olympic champion and two-time World champion.
“The Joey Davis story ‘From Compton to Cleveland’ is not only inspiring but shows
how a loving and nurturing relationship between a father and son
can breed great success, even in the worst of situations and circumstances.”
LEE KEMP-The fi wrestler to win three World Championships in
USA Wrestling history and the fi African-American three-time NCAA champion.
“What Joey has done is a phenomenal feat. His sacrifice, dedication and determination are unmatched and very rare. Winning a single collegiate wrestling match is a rigorous task,
what he has done is remarkable. Not allowing distractions, staying consistent and being strong-willed is a great formula to success in the journey of life. Joey is a WINNER!”
CARLTON HASELRIG-The only six-time champion in NCAA history, Junior Freestyle and
Greco-Roman World champion and NFL All-Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Many people make excuses when faced with difficult circumstances in life, but Joey Davis isn't one of them. To win four NCAA wrestling titles is unthinkable...to do it undefeated starting as a true freshman is unprecedented and inspiring!"
ZION CLARK -High School District Qualifier and Personality of the Award-Winning Documentary, "ZION".