By: Dr. Richard Midcap, President, Garrett College
BERKELEY SPRINGS – If the Lakers were looking for someone who understands what it takes to win, they certainly came to the right place.
Berkeley Springs High's Davy Mundey, who is nearing the West Virginia state record of 217 individual victories, signed on last Thursday with the new Garrett College wrestling program. The signing of the 152-pound senior – whose 207-29 career mark includes a 43-1 record this season through last week – represents a huge recruiting coup for GC head coach John Chambers.
"Signing Davy Mundey is huge for our wrestling program," said Chambers. "With over 200 wins, and likely to break the West Virginia wins record sometime in February, his signing shows our wrestling program is recruiting quality individuals and will be ready to compete when the program launches this coming fall."
Dave Mundey, Berkeley Springs High's head wrestling coach and Davy Mundey's father, said his son's work ethic has been the biggest key to his wrestling success.
"What separates him from everyone else is how hard he works in the summer," said Dave Mundey. "That's the difference between him and a lot of other kids. His career didn't take off until he realized that."
"He knows how to push me to get my best," Davy Mundey said of his father's influence on his success. "It was my Dad who heard about how Garrett was adding a wrestling program. I want to wrestle in college and Garrett is close to home."
"I'm glad he found a good fit here not too far from home," said Dave Mundey. "I'm excited to see him go on and wrestle in college."
Chambers said he expects West Virginia to be fertile recruiting grounds for the Lakers.
"Davy Mundey is the face of our program in West Virginia, which will hopefully lead more West Virginia recruits to come to Garrett College," said Chambers. "He's pound-for-pound one of the top wrestlers in the state of West Virginia."
Mundey, who won the Region I title and was Class AA/A state runner-up at 145 pounds last year, also runs cross country and competes in the pole vault for the BSHS track team. He hopes to eventually go into a health-care-related field after college.
Mundey is chasing the West Virginia career wins record currently held by former Berkeley Springs star Tory Bennett, who finished his high school career in 2012 with 217 triumphs.