Four years ago, Plainview wrestler Brent Davis was one of a handful of freshmen that was part of a fledgling Indians program. At the time, physically outmatched by his competition, Davis took beatings over and over again.
But now, with years of experience and success bred and grown on the wrestling mat, Davis will take his skills to Oklahoma City University on a wrestling scholarship.
Davis, a two-time state tournament qualifier in Class 3A, is the first wrestler from Plainview to sign a collegiate athletic scholarship.
"I can't even express everything that's going on right now," Davis said. "It's pretty great."
Davis reflected on the start of his career, and how his struggles against older and more mature competition helped to prepare him for the success he has experienced since.
"Experience is the only way to get better," Davis said. "Having to go against guys that were bigger than me, and getting beat down, it gives you a drive to succeed."
His head coach, Rocky Atencio, expressed his pride and belief in his senior and the steps Davis has helped the program take.
"It's something you take tremendous pride in," Atencio said. "He's fiery, but he's also very intelligent, and I think because of that, Brent will fit in well at Oklahoma City."
Davis will be under the tutelage of head coach Archie Randall at OCU, who will expect much out of him.
"He has so much heart, and you can't make that," Randall said. "He'll fit in well with us if he keeps that up."
Davis will be one of five returning state qualifiers for the Indians this season. With the emergence of the Plainview program, Randall is hoping that Davis signing will open the doors for the school to become a pipeline for his program.
"This is a great catch for us," Randall said. "And with us bringing Brent in, it will help to encourage other kids who may come after him."
As for why he chose Oklahoma City, Davis' reply was succinct.
"It's close to home, a good school and I liked the environment," Davis said.