I talked with Pat earlier today. I enjoyed our rangy conversation. Downey is an individual that has taken a winding road to being a very good wrestler and it seems everyone has strong opinions about him. I’m a fan of individualism and of Pat’s unshakeable competitive mindset. I hope he finds a place to settle in and train.
Look for him on the West coast teaching wrestling clinics in Oregon and Northern California for the next couple of weeks. Then he’ll be off to the OTC. He also plans on making his MMA debut in October in B-more.
The interview was supposed to start with Downey’s younger sister-Marissa right after Final X but my file was corrupted. I’ll try to bring that back if I can recover the file, cuz it was pretty good. Downey lost a close match with Richard Perry for the final spot on the national team. Downey trained for 2 weeks for this event. I got to figure that if he trains full time he’s gonna be a force to be contended with next year. Our Skype connect was spotty, sorry for some of the quality, but when you get the chance to talk with Downey you make do.
Brief Resume and topics below
Three sport athlete, competing in football, wrestling and lacrosse… three-time Maryland state championship place-winner… finished third-place his freshman year at state, sixth at National Preps… became Loch Raven’s first ever state champion his sophomore year, compiling a 35-0 record with 28 pins… recorded another unblemished record his junior year at 34-0 with 25 pins en route to his second state title… 2011 NHSCA Senior Nationals champion… 2011 USAW Junior Nationals champion… one of three Maryland prep quarterbacks selected to the prestigious Super-22 Team… set a school record for total offense in a game with 420 total yards on 315 yards passing and 105 yards rushing his senior year.
2015 Iowa Central
43-0 JuCo National Champ
2015 U.S. Open
Downey ultimately lost to Richard Perry, who just beat him in a close match at Final X, in the wrestle backs but not before he took out two-time NCAA finalist Robert Hamlin by the score and two-time NCAA champion Quentin Wright with a pin.
2015 University Nationals
Downey beat two more All-Americans in Akron, Aaron Studebaker and Sammy Brooks and took fourth-place.
2015 Bill Farrell
While at ISU Downey dabbled in freestyle too. He finished 6th at Bill Farrell. A familiar foe Richard Perry beat him (again), Downey picked up a win over two-time finalist and four-time All-American Tyler Caldwell.
Iowa State All American
Downey took 5th at the 2016 NCAA wrestling at 197 pounds. He was up there for the team and probably should have been wrestling 184lbs. He knocked off future finalist Jared Haught twice while on his run.
2017 U.S. Open
Downey took 5th at the U.S. Open. Beating a bunch of studs and grinding out 8 matches to place. He knocked off five All-Americans: Vic Avery, Pete Renda, Josh Asper, Gabe Dean, and Kyle Crutchmer.
2017 World Team Trials
Downey beat 2 x AA Kyle Crutchmer and gave David Taylor a match before losing to the national team member. Downey lost in the next round against All American Austin Trotman.
2018 US Open
He got knocked off unexpectedly in the first round and wrestled back for 7th place.
WWT 2018 Took 4th. Lost to Richard Perry yet again.
You just competed at Final X for the last spot on the national team. Thoughts on your experience. How much training did you actually do for the event?
You were a 3-sport standout FB, Wrestle & LAX? This is my favorite sports combo. Any thoughts about those sports? Being a multi sport athlete?
Thoughts on your journey?
Tell me about the Honda Civic that was totaled for years.
What does the future hold for you?
What do you love about wrestling?
If we watched you in practice what kind of wrestler would we see?
Do you think that outside people loose sight of just how good you are?
Biggest wrestling influences?
People that know you tell me that you’re smart.
Could wrestle anyone regardless of weight and age?
Tell me about Richie Lewis?
If you could give your high school self some advice what would it be?