By ANDRE’ MORGAN
Whatever happened to David Douglas? Winning four Illinois State Championships will make you a wrestling legend. Such is the case for Double D, Dave Douglas.
Following his older brother Mike (also a multiple time state champion) into the Harvey Twisters wrestling room, Dave showed that he too was a force in his own right.
In the mid 1990’s, Douglas produced four championships at two different schools, Luther South and Thornridge. A lower weight with a nice blend of finesse, speed, and power, Douglas dominated during his high school career.
Moving on to Arizona State, Douglas suffered a couple of near misses at the national championships but got All American honors twice.
Following his active career, Douglas along with his brother created the Thorobred Wrestling Club in the Phoenix area.
Now married, Douglas has four children while working in finance.
Name: David Douglas
Where do you live today? Phoenix, AZ
Married: Yepper to my beautiful wife, Reneé
Children: Ryland, Remington, DJ, & Drake
Your Kids Team: Harvey Twisters T4L
Your High School Team: Luther South Braves & Thornridge Falcons
Your College Team: Arizona State University Sun Devils
What years did you wrestle H.S. Varsity & Weight Classes: ’93-’94 (112), ’94-’95 (119), ’95-’96 (130), ’96-’97 (135)
What years did you wrestle College & Weight Classes: ’97-’02, 133/141
Highest Placement in H.S.: 4x Champion… I still have more rings than LeBron right now!
Highest Placement in College: Shoulda coulda woulda 2x All American let’s leave it at that LOL
Did you Freestyle & Greco: I would’ve preferred to only wrestle these styles if I could
Your Kids Coach: Quintroy Harrell
Your High School Coach: Coach Pearson (P-Ball) was the T-Ridge coach
Your College Coach: LeeRoy Smith, Zeke Jones, Thom Ortiz, Townsend Saunders, Aaron Simpson
Greatest accomplishment in wrestling: Not many people know this but I called myself quitting wrestling during the summer after my freshman yr of HS, so coming back for my sophomore season was probably my biggest accomplishment
Why did you start wrestling? My older brother Mike Douglas… followed him everywhere he went. I guess some things never change cause that’s how I ended up at ASU.
Who influenced you the most in wrestling? No brainer… Quintroy Harrell
Do you still compete in wrestling? Kinda excited about this one… I am currently ranked 7th in the 100 & under rookie division within the Thorobred wrestling room.
What other sports are you doing? Whatever sport my kids are into. I ran in the parent relays a couple years back 🏃🏾💨 and we smoked em
What do you weigh today? About a buck seventy
Do your kids wrestle? My brother tells me they can scrap… I’m just glad they like to wrAstle
If you could change one thing in your wrestling career it would be: This is a tough one because hind sight is always 20/20
What do you do professionally for a living today?: Work for a brokerage firm
Do you coach or officiate? Coach… which I find strangely harder to do than competing 🤷🏾♂️
Name one match that you lost that you should of won? At the Reno tournament I lost in a last second call to Jamill Kelly. He told me himself that the reason I didn’t get the points is because he gave the ref all of his per deim prior to the match. He said that’s what we call getting Okie Stated 😂 JK
Who was your biggest rival in H.S.? I really can’t remember having one. Maybe Pat Mackenneny (I’m sure I spelled that wrong) my senior yr. I wrestled him in the finals of regionals, sectionals, and state… tore my ACL in the sectionals match.
Who was your biggest rival in college? Myself
- Eric Seibert, Joe Williams, TJ Williams, Tony Davis, Reggie Wright, Nathan and Israel Martinez, Matt Lackey- all legends in Illinois high school wrestling during that era- but nobody was as smooth or quick as David Douglas. He had a double leg that was more teleportation than anything else. His "rivalry" with Pat McEneaney, (who in his own right was tough as nails and a humble guy) was anything but. Pat gave him a go in the finals of Sectionals, taking him to OT, but even though David was seriously injured (ACL), no one doubted for a second what the outcome would be. There have been many "men among boys" in IHSA history that have dominated in spectacular fashion, but for my money David Douglas made it look better and easier than anyone else.