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Barry Davis Disputes His Junior High Loss To Kenny Monday

Barry Davis Disputes His Junior High Loss To Kenny Monday

Kenny Monday unearthed an ancient bracket that featured him beating Barry Davis, to which Davis took umbrage.

Jun 4, 2021 by Kyle Klingman
Barry Davis Disputes His Junior High Loss To Kenny Monday
Kenny Monday and Barry Davis are two of the greatest wrestlers in American history.

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Kenny Monday and Barry Davis are two of the greatest wrestlers in American history.

Monday won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 and a World title in 1989, both at 74 kg (163 pounds). Prior to that, the former Oklahoma State star reached the finals of the NCAA championships three times and won a title in 1984.

Davis was a silver medalist at the 1984 Olympics and a two-time World medalist, all at 57 kg (125.5 pounds). He was also a three-time NCAA champion for Iowa (1982-83, '85) and is the all-time wins leader for the Hawkeyes (162). 

Recently, Monday -- a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma -- uncovered a bracket from junior high where he traveled to Emmetsburg, Iowa, to compete in a local tournament. He was surprised to notice that he defeated Davis 9-0. 

Below is Monday's recollection of the match and how he uncovered the now historic bout with Davis.

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Davis is going on the offensive by disputing Monday's claim with a video of his own. Hear what Davis had to say about the match in question.

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Kenny Monday fired back with proof.