FAMU wrestling: On the road to glory

The Florida A&M University Wrestling Team at the 15 Annual Seminole Rattler Invitational.
Photo credit: FAMU Rattler Wrestling Team

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers wrestling team look to make a dynamic impact on their great season at  National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA), Wrestling championships held this upcoming weekend.

The team is riding high from their streak of momentum from Saturday's 15 Annual Seminole Rattler Invitational meet where they had an impressive showing against top competition. Central Florida, Georgia, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Florida International, and Florida Gulf Coast were the teams participating in this meet.

FAMU finished fourth as a team but would have five individual standouts that would place top three in their respective weight class.  

Omar Gordon finished third in the 141-pound-weight class and just one weight class above him.  Cednet Jean would advance to the finals of the 149-pound-weight class but fell short in the finals settling for second place.

Joining their teammates would be William Jacobs who took home third place in the 174-pound-weight class as did teammate Donterius Spencer in the 197-pound-weight class.

Graduating senior Berry Davis IV, advanced to the finals of the 285-pound-weight class, but fell short in the finals and took second place in his final meet as a Rattler.

"It was a bittersweet feeling to know that this was my last home meet but I know that the best is yet to come," said about his last season being a collegiate wrestler. "I’m excited about what I've accomplished as well as what the team has done this season."

On the mat, the Rattlers have grown into a force within the highly competitive Southeast Conference of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA). Many of the Rattler wrestlers have gone on to earn Regional Place-Winner honors, and a select few of outstanding Rattlers have gone on to earn NCWA All-American Honors with their performance on the mat.

"I am excited about what our young men and women are going to do this year," head coach Fred Simmons said. " We have prepared them since the beginning of the season and they have done everything that we asked them to do."

Overall the Rattlers look to end the 2018 wrestling season on a high note as they prepare daily for battle against other teams in the NCWA.

The championships start on March 15 and are taking place in Cleveland, Ohio.