- Tony Rotundo/WrestlersAreWarriors.com
Elijah Davis already has a number of accolades in the wrestling world.
He won the 2011 national Greco championship, has been named to the California contingent that will compete in the national junior dual-meet championships in Oklahoma this weekend.
Davis, who wrapped up his career at Riordan this year, has been working toward his "2020 vision," which is to compete in wrestling at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
"My 2020 vision, it's a long-term goal, but it's right here in my face," Davis said. "It starts with these little national tournaments. You go down the list of all the national finishers, all of the All-Americans, these guys are Olympic champions, these guys are Olympic medalists. My 2020 vision is what I'm doing right now."
Said Davis' wrestling coach Carlos Levexier: "It's very exciting. ... It connects into a bigger picture."
That bigger picture assumes there will be wrestling in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee voted to remove it from the Olympics, but it has made a short list that could have the sport reinstated for the 2020 games. That decision will not be made until September.
"Wrestling being in the 2020 Olympics, we are affected by that," Levexier said. "It determines if someone has a positive route of opportunity. We're very excited. He's not taking anything for granted. There are a lot of people that have worked and he has done a lot of work and is really excited about the opportunity."
Davis was familiar with the Greco-Roman style of wrestling, but had not done much training in that form while in high school. Now with more focus on it, he has seen a vast improvement in his own skills.
This could come in handy after Davis fell short in last year's national tournament.
"It's been better because of the growth from CCS and state," Davis said. "Right now what I'm doing, I've been training one-on-one with my coach and it's definitely going to be different and I'm hoping for different results."
Davis, who is wrestling in the 138-pound class, has a couple of courses to make up if he were to choose to go to a four-year university but he has other alternatives, which include joining mixed martial arts or going to the Olympic training facility.
"With all of the stuff that he learned, he is really poised to win it all in both styles [freestyle and Greco-Roman]," Levexier said. "He is also poised to represent the United States in 2020."