Following a very successful meeting Friday morning between SHS wrestler Josie Davis, her father, Jeff Davis, Sidney Athletic Director Mitch Hoying, and Sidney Superintendent Bob Humble, Sidney City Schools is happy to say Davis will get a banner for her recent state championship at the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association.
The banner will be the first of many to hang in the now-exclusive wrestling gymnasium at Sidney High School. The gym has traditionally been a multi-use gym, housing wrestling as well as indoor pitching and hitting cages and serving as an overflow training space from outdoor sports during inclement weather. Thanks to the construction of the new Goffena Training Center, which was funded 100% with private donations from the community, the gym is now exclusively used for wrestling training.
Hoying shared, “The gym is utilized by the SHS wrestling program as well as the Sidney youth wrestling program. This will be a great opportunity for Josie to inspire the next generation of wrestlers.”
Hanging a banner for Josie’s OHSWCA championship will serve as a reminder to all wrestlers who enter of her accomplishment and hopefully mark a historic turning point for Sidney Wrestling and the future of female wrestling.
“We’re incredibly excited for Josie’s future in wrestling,” said Humble. “Hanging a banner in honor of her accomplishment is the right thing to do and I love that we have the opportunity to start a new tradition and create a space that will recognize the accomplishments of all Sidney wrestlers.”
Davis will also be acknowledged at the March 16 school board meeting where she will be presented with a matching banner to keep for herself. School board meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:00pm in the lower level of the Board of Education office.
OHSAA state wrestling tournament starts today with the Sidney team heading to sectionals at Centerville High School.
“Sidney City Schools and the entire community are rallying behind Josie and her teammates on as they compete at the sectional level and push towards state finals,” added Humble.