Everyday Champion - Keegan Davis
Jan. 12, 2010
Senior Keegan Davis has taken full advantage of his four years at Oregon State, building one of the best career wins number in school history and returning this season as one of only four NCAA qualifiers from last season for the Beavers. After last weekend’s Stanford Duals, Davis moved into the top 30 of all time, surrounded by a number of Oregon State wrestling greats, and he could potentially move into the top 20 before his career ends.
In the classroom, Davis is a sociology major who is looking to become a teacher and coach wrestling once his time at Oregon State is done. And he helps out in the community as a youth wrestling volunteer coach.
Learn more about the 157-pounder from Salem, Ore.
What drew you to Oregon State?
What drew me to Oregon State was the great tradition that wrestling has. It didn’t hurt that my brother was working for Oregon State as well, so that made me come.
Q: Growing up in Salem, did you always plan on going to Oregon State?
A; I watched a lot of Oregon State wrestling growing up, so I was a big fan. Pretty much from the time I was a freshman in high school, I wanted to go to Oregon State.
Q: What’s the best thing about wrestling for Coach Zalesky?
A: The best thing about wrestling for Coach Z is the intensity that he brings to the wrestling room every day. He sits us down and gets us ready to have one of the best workouts we can have.
Q: What are your plans after this season?
A: After this season, I probably have another year before finishing school. I want to help out with wrestling for as long as I can, so I’ll probably still be around all of next year.
Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?
A: To be a successful student-athlete, I think it takes hard work, determination and dedication. Every single day you have to show up.
Q: Do you think you’ll stay involved in wrestling?
A: I plan on staying involved in wrestling. After the season’s over, I’ll probably still have a year left, so I’ll be at Oregon State for at least another year. And then afterwards, I want to go onto coaching. So I plan on being involved pretty much for the rest of my life.
Q: What has been the best class you’ve taken at Oregon State?
A: The best class I’ve taken probably has to be a sociology class – the study of deviance. It’s just an interesting class where you look at deviant behavior and break it down.
Q: Your name is in the record books with some of Oregon State’s greatest wrestlers. What does that mean to you?
A: The fact that my name is next to any of the greats of Oregon State wrestling means a ridiculous amount to me. I grew up around Oregon State wrestling, idolizing people like Les Gutches and Dale Thomas, and my name being anywhere near those names means a ridiculous amount to me.
Q: What does having a scholarship through the BASF mean to you?
A: Having a scholarship through the BASF has been a ridiculous amount of help. I haven’t had to worry about loans, and it makes each term stress free. It’s helped me a lot.
Q: You’re a sociology major. What do you hope to do with your degree?
A: With my degree from Oregon State, I hope to go on to teaching and coaching wrestling.
Q: How has the new wrestling room changed the team’s wrestling?
A: The switch from the old room to the new room has been huge in effecting our wrestling. I think not only does it make us feel like we’re supposed to be good in this wonderful facility, but it’s just a nice place to work out every day. It has weights, a treadmill and pretty much anything you could ever want. And it’s a great place to try to become a champion.