Q & A with Penn State Wrestler Donovon Ball


Penn State wrestling has been the most prestigious wrestling team in the NCAA in recent years. As a collective team they have won eight out of the last ten team championships. For 184 pounder Donovon Ball, this winning atmosphere is just one of the many reasons why he is wrestling at Penn State. Ball grew up going to school at Cedar Cliff High School in Pennsylvania. Here he would place at two PIAA AAA Championships, once taking fifth the other as the runner-up. 

With his time at Penn State he had redshirted his first year, and had his freshman year this year. While wrestling unattached he was able to take 1st place at the Messiah Open, as well as 2nd Place at the Wilkes Open. Due to the fact that Penn State has a National Championship winner in Aaron Brooks at the 184 weight class, we could potentially see Ball move up a weight class at 197 which he has done before for meets. Ball is currently just touching the surface with his wrestling ability and can prove within the next coming years what he is really capable of. 


Q: Obviously Penn State is one of the top wrestling schools in the nation, what made you choose them?


A: The atmosphere and how they just look at the sport. Everyone is there to win obviously but you can’t win unless you have fun with it. So the way everyone is able to have there and enjoy wrestling.


Q:Wrestling at 184 behind Aaron Brooks must give you some good work at practice, what’s you practice usually like?


A: Me and AB wrestle together a lot, usually a few times a week. Practices are fun like I said, yea they get tough at times but it’s all worth it in the end. We also play lots of dodgeball lol.


Q: Wrestling might be the most mentally and physically hard sport there is, what makes you want to keep pushing.  


A: What makes me want to keep pushing is to be the best. I want to be the best and I want the team to be the best. So that is what helps all of us keep pushing.


Q: Taking second in the PIAA AAA State Championships is a great feat, but what would you say is your biggest?


A: My biggest feat, I would say besides that would definitely be winning my first dodgeball game at practice. Everyone was gunning for me and I smoked them all. They didn’t stand a chance.


Q: Where do you want to see yourself on the mat in the next coming years?


A:  I see myself going out and competing hard and having fun. I know if I’m able to do those two things the wins will come. So hopefully that.


Q: Lastly, what would you say to any kid trying to make their way to the big leagues?

A: I’d just say try to be the best version of yourself everyday and always keep working for that goal. Be grateful, have faith and never stop believing in yourself.