The Meade County High School Wrestling team wrapped up their season with an awards ceremony on Apr 20, but that would not be the only thing that the team would be bringing to an end. Since the Wrestling team started back in 2007 there has only been one head coach leading, mentoring, and challenging his athletes to do the best they can, on and off the mat. That person has been Head Coach Bob Davis, but after 14 years he has decided to turn the reins over to someone else by retiring from coaching so that he may pursue other ventures.
Coach Bob is one of the most respected coaches in the wrestling world, while at the same time one of the most feared coaches by other teams. Meade County has garnished the reputation as one of the toughest teams to step onto the mat, making it so that other teams know that when they wrestle Meade County, they’re in for a dog fight. Coach Bob has been the bulldog leading them into the fight until now. Since he has been the Head Coach for MCHS the team has won five Region Championships, (2008, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2020) and was Region Runner Up eight times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2021).
Under his coaching tenure he has had wrestlers qualify to wrestle in the KHSAA State Wrestling tournament in all 14 years of his tenure, and in 2017 was recognized by his peers, wrestlers and the KHSAA, as Coach of the Year. 2017 was also the same year that Bryan Pratt made school history by bringing home Meade County’s first State Wrestling Championship.
Coach Bob will surely be missed, but you can bet that Davis will not be far from the wrestling room. Even with a new head coach in the near future, more than likely you will find him still there at practices or matches sharing his knowledge, giving those looks that no wrestler wants to get, and giving advise on how to get better. The team did gather to hand out awards this season and as they finished with eight wrestlers qualifying for State, and was the Region 2 Runner up. However, this season, due to COVID-19, KHSAA decided that they would have a Semi-State match prior to the State finals. In order to advance to State finals, wrestlers needed to finish in the top two spots for each weight class. Unfortunately, Meade County did not have a wrestler who was able to advance, but with the team only losing two seniors this year, the team is still looking very strong for next season.