Barry Davis

1999 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

Barry Davis attended Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his interest in wrestling was fueled by his coach, Jim Kimbell. The Prairie wrestling room had some outstanding talent in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Jim Zalesky was there along with Barry Davis. Zalesky and Davis went on to become 3 Time Division 1 NCAA Champions. It was here where our inductee embarked upon a twelve year career of High School, College, National and International Competition.

Barry was a 3 Time State Champion at 112 pounds in 1978, at 119 pounds in 1979 and 1980, with a record of 102 wins-6 losses-1 tie.

There were no surprises when Barry enrolled at Iowa and joined forces with Dan Gable’s wrestling program. He continued his winning ways by compiling a 162-9-1 record at Iowa with 3 NCAA Championships; 4 Time All-American, and 4 time Big Ten Champion.

Barry graduated from the University of Iowa in 1985 and became an Assistant Coach for Dan Gable. In 1992, he accepted the Assistant Wrestling Coaching position at the University of Wisconsin. He was named the Head Coach at Wisconsin in 1994, a position he holds to this day.

Barry Davis wrestled on the International scene while at Iowa. He was a 1983 Pan-American Champion; 3 time World Team Member winning a Bronze Medal in 1986 and a Silver Medal in 1987.

Our inducted was a 2 time Olympian in 1984 and 1988 winning a Silver Medal in 1984.

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High School
Prairie High School Cedar Rapids, Iowa


  • 3 Time State Champion

University of Iowa

CoachDan Gable


  • 3 Time Division 1 NCAA Champion
  • 4 Time Big Ten Champion
  • 4 Time All-American

International Competition


  • 1983 Pan-Am Champion
  • 3 Time World Team Member
    • 1986 Bronze Medal
    • 1987 Silver Medal
  • 2 Time Olympian-1984 and 1988
    • 1984 Silver Medal



  • University of Wisconsin, 1994 to present: 43-40-1