BRISTOL, Tenn. – In its first-ever home acrobatics and tumbling meet, King University fell to the Battlers of Alderson Broaddus University 263.26-226.49 in front a crowd of over 300 fans.
The historic meet was not only the first home event in the history of King's program, but also the inaugural competition for the Alderson Broaddus team. The Battlers are now 1-0 in their first season and will host King (0-2) on Sunday, March 9 in a meet that will also include Gannon University.
The injury-depleted King squad was only able to send ten competitors to the mat and had significantly lower start values than their counterparts from Alderson Broaddus. The Battlers took an early lead from King by scoring 35.05 points in their opening compulsory event while the Tornado put up a score of 28.75.
The Tornado made up ground in the acro event, outscoring Alderson Broaddus 24.21-23.68. King also excelled in the acro portion of last week's inaugural competition at Adrian University, outscoring the homestanding Bulldogs by a 3.23 point margin in the acro heats and holding an overall lead until the team routine to close out the competition.
Alderson Broaddus won each of the remaining four events after the acro portion, however. King drew closest in the toss event, compiling a score of 26.85 out of a possible 30 to trail the Battlers by just 1.30 points in the toss portion. But the Tornado would draw no closer, as Alderson Broaddus added to its lead in each remaining event, culminating with a 94.13-77.48 advantage in the team routine.