Hard work paying off for Brookfield’s Jamieson

AUSTINTOWN – There hasn’t been much Brookfield wrestling captain and soon-to-be valedictorian David Jamieson hasn’t been able to figure out over the years.

He’s an accomplished wrestler with a 32-4 record and owns the highest grade-point average in his class.

There are a few times he needs help. Luckily, he can always turn to the Warriors coach, Brad Harnett, a former state placer in wrestling and a tutor in the Brookfield school district.

Well, almost always.

“He’s a bright kid,” said Harnett as he pointed out Jamieson’s 4.0 GPA. “And he’s taking hard classes. He was asking me for help in calc (calculus) the other day because he’s getting a B. I kinda laughed. I told him, ‘Sorry, but I’m a social studies guy.’ “

Guess they’ll have to stick to wrestling for now.

Jamieson’s not bad at that either. The 220-pound senior was the runner-up at the Josh Hephner Memorial Invitational on Saturday at Austintown Fitch High School. He earned his 100th career victory just a day earlier and now holds a 105-56 career record.

Not too shabby for a kid who went 6-24 as a freshman.

“I put a lot of hard work into it after that year,” Jamieson said. “I needed to step it up big time. I’ve been wrestling since I was 5 years old. I love the sport, but I got to the high school level, and it was rough. I turned it around my sophomore year (going 32-15) and now I’m sitting here.

“It got to me, losing 24 matches. Going out and getting pounded day in and day out as a 171-pound freshman, I used it as motivation.”

His progress started to show last year when he won the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League championship at 220 pounds. He advanced to the district tournament the past two years, and he believes this is the year he takes the next step and qualifies for the state tournament.

Harnett agrees. The first-year Brookfield mentor said Jamieson possesses the work ethic and instincts needed to earn a spot at the Jerome J. Schottenstein Center – the site of the state tournament – and he’s starting to develop the confidence as well.

“There’s no reason he shouldn’t make state and place at state,” he said. “He’s one of the quickest 220s there is when it comes to double-legs. And he’s starting to wrestle smart, he just has to get more confidence. There comes a time when you have to wrestle smart and confident. He’s getting there.”

Intellect and athleticism have never been an issue for Jamieson, a three-sport athlete who started both ways for the 12-1 Brookfield football team this year. He said balancing wrestling, football and baseball, along with a heavy work load at school, comes natural to him.

“Grades have always been number one and extracurriculars after that, but I pride myself in being a 4.0 student,” he said. “I utilize my time really well. I actually study during study hall instead of waiting and procrastinating until I get home. I’m good with time management, so it’s not too bad for me.”

Jamieson said he has a few offers in football (he played guard and tackle), and interest in wrestling has picked up with the success he has enjoyed this year, but he’s still uncertain as to what he’ll study and which school he’ll attend.

Whatever he decides, Harnett has no doubt he’ll succeed.

“He hates failure – in everything,” Harnett said. “I’ve known him growing up. He was in youth wrestling when I was in high school, and he’s always been hard working. He only won six matches as a freshman, so he went to camp. He lifted. He knew he was a big boy and that he couldn’t outmuscle kids in high school, so he worked on his technique. His biggest critic is himself, so I guarantee he’ll be going home and watching the video from tonight. He doesn’t give up.”