By Nick Thompson, SPORTS WRITER
David Hollingsworth is a third year student from Owings Mills, Md where he won two state championships and continues to do well this season for the Wartburg wrestling team. Hollingsworth was the 2021 National Wrestling Coaches Association national champion in the 157 pound weight class.
Pressure to Hollingsworth is non-existent. Like others on the wrestling team, he too feels that it means that a person is doing it for someone else or doing something wrong. Clearly with his experience, it is paying off with a 6-2 record in 2021-2022, multiple state titles and a National Championship under his belt.
“I never feel pressure. Pressure is when you’re doing it for someone else. I am doing this for me. Win, lose or draw; I know when I put my foot on the line whatever happens happens, and no matter the outcome I’m proud of the effort I put in all these years,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth is currently ranked third in the nation at 157 lbs on the top-ranked Wartburg team. He holds a 6-2 record on the season.
Wartburg is the third college that Hollingsworth has wrestled at, or been part of, since 2018. With stops at Iowa Lakes Community College and Alderson-Broaddus University, he knows what makes a good group of both coaches and teammates.
“My wrestling experience here at Wartburg has been amazing so far. I’ve never been on a team like this. There is so much competition in the room to help me jump levels. The coaching staff is amazing as well; we have about 15 coaches on staff with all different wrestling styles,” Hollingsworth said.
Motivation is something that all athletes at the college level must find otherwise why would they be playing? For Hollingsworth, it is where he was born and raised, Baltimore, Md. Being over 1,000 miles away from home in a completely different part of the country has been a grateful experience for Hollingsworth.
“My city Baltimore motivates me. I know what’s out there and I know what’s out here. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me and I am very grateful for this,” Hollingsworth said.