Many people in the Owatonna wrestling community were shocked this spring when longtime wrestling coach Scot Davis retired just 16 career victories shy of 1,000.
Now, details are emerging about alleged recruiting violations that may have led to Davis’s decision.
At its Oct. 6 board meeting, the Minnesota State High School League Eligibility Committee voted to slap Davis with a one year suspension for all MSHSL sponsored programs, in addition to a one year suspension recently applied by the district.
Emails obtained by the Owatonna People’s Press suggest that in 2008, Davis attempted to recruit Jake Briggs, a middleweight wrestler that was a three-time state placewinner and four-time state qualifier in California. He attempted to use business connections in the community to help the Briggs family move and find jobs in Owatonna.
Davis retired from teaching and coaching prior to the completion of an Owatonna School District investigation into the alleged recruiting. He was the head coach at OHS from 1986-2011 and is the winningest wrestling coach in high school history.