The Williamsport sophomore, who finished fourth in the 120-pound weight class at last weekend’s 2A-1A West region tourney, went 2-0 Friday at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House.
He beat East champ A.J. Jourdan of Bohemia Manor 9-6 in the first round and then pinned Southern-Anne Arundel’s Tyler Peck in a stunner in the quarterfinals.
“I had a really bad tournament at regionals,” Davis said. “That made me want to wrestle a lot harder here.”
Other semifinalists include Williamsport’s Zach Shoemaker (160 pounds) in 2A-1A and North Hagerstown’s Brendon Colbert (120) and Kenneth Burrs (170) in 4A-3A.
Davis admitted that he got lucky in the quarterfinals, defeating Peck with a defensive pin in the second period.
“I was losing 5-0 and I caught him. It was luck,” Davis said. “That kid was really good, but when he tried to turn me, I just laid on top of him.”
Shoemaker, a senior, advanced to the state semifinals for the third straight year. He’s confident that he’ll earn his first berth in the finals today.
“It’s just a different mentality that I have this year,” he said. “I’m wrestling so much harder this time. I’m not losing.”
Shoemaker won 15-0 in the first round and 11-0 in the quarterfinals, improving his season record to 38-0 and his career record to 133-18. He took sole possession of first place on Williamsport’s all-time wins list while pulling even with Wayne Boward, a 2001 North graduate, on the all-time county list.
“That means a lot to me,” Shoemaker said of matching the county record for career wins. “I’m really proud of that.”
Colbert, a sophomore, also pitched a pair of shutouts Friday, winning his two bouts by a combined score of 15-0.
“I’m just trying to come down here and not give up any points,” said Colbert, who was a state runner-up last year. “I figure that if I score points and don’t give up any, then I should be fine.
“I’m just taking it one match at a time. I’m not looking ahead because anything can happen.”
But he can’t help but look at the other half of his bracket, where Quince Orchard’s Eli Bienstock lies. Bienstock handed Colbert his lone loss of the season, a 1-0 decision in last weekend’s West region finals.
“Bienstock and I both have tough matches in the semis,” Colbert said. “But hopefully we both win so I can get the rematch.”
Burrs dominated Perry Hall’s Patrick Clemons in the quarterfinals, building a 5-0 lead before pinning him in 3:02.
But the North senior was fortunate just to have advanced to that match after needing a last-second takedown to get by Broadneck’s Matt Jacobsen, 8-7, in the first round.
“I was just nervous. I just needed the first match to get comfortable,” Burrs said. “I came out in the second match and pushed my style of wrestling.