• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Ryan Davis

Senior, wrestling

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Hometown: Shreveport, La.

High School: Northwood

Why Central?
I chose Central because of the wrestling tradition that it has had in the past. I wanted to be a part of a team that climbed back to the top team in the nation.

Your favorite professor and why
My favorite professors are Keith Yanner and Dawn Reece. They are both such down to earth people and both have really laid back teaching styles which suits me well. They both also have a lot of energy and enthusiasm when they are giving lectures.

Dream job
Being a part of a SWAT team would be my dream job. I have wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid and being a part of a SWAT team would be awesome!

What you like best about Pella, Iowa
I love to eat at El Charro when I’m not cutting weight so that’s normally the hightlight of Pella for me.

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
I’d like to have lunch with my Great-Grand Dad he passed away when I was 6 years old and I really enjoyed all the time we spent together. It would be really nice to see him again and to enjoy some good food together.

Why you love Central wrestling
I love Central wrestling because every day we scrap hard in the room and we are a family on and off the mat, we are all willing to help each other out.

Word or phrase Coach Van Kley uses too much

The best thing about this year’s team
The best thing about this year’s team is that we have a legitimate shot at having multiple All-Americans in March.

The food you love but have to avoid during wrestling season
Pizza and Wings, I love anything fried which I have to stay away from during wrestling season

Favorite Central memory
Meeting my girlfriend Megan in First-Aid and Sports Injury Class.

The worst job you’ve ever had
I worked in Old Navy for a year and a half and that was torture.

Your favorite sports movie
Love and Basketball

Actor that should play you if they made a movie about your life
Idris Elba or Columbus Short

Favorite Christmas carol
Jingle Bell Rock

Thing you’re most excited about for the team trip to Florida
Jamming to a little Kenny Chesney “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems“ while relaxing on the beach, soaking up some rays!

Teammate most likely to wrestle a gator and win 
Greg Barner because he is basically a bear and if any animal could beat a Gator it’d be the Greg “The Grizzly Bear”  Barner.

Bucket list
Kenny Chesney Concert
Watch NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in person
Learn how to swim
Marry Carrie Underwood
Fight in the UFC
Gator Hunting


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