Men's Wrestling News Archives

  • Tornado fall to UNC Pembroke in ECAC finale
    February 12, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The 22nd-ranked King University men’s wrestling closed their dual season on Monday night when they squared off with UNC Pembroke in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) match. The Braves grabbed the lead early and didn’t slow down, taking the 35-12 victory.
  • King alum, Harrison leads Christian Brothers HS to state title
    February 07, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In his first season as head wrestling coach at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, King University men’s wrestling alum Derek Harrison ’09 (’10 MBA) led the Purple Wave to a state title. Last week, Harrison’s squad won the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Duals state championship.
  • King falls in ECAC dual at Limestone
    February 06, 2018
    GAFFNEY, S.C. – The 22nd-ranked King University men’s wrestling team traveled to take on Limestone College in an Eastern College Athletic College (ECAC) dual on Tuesday night. The Tornado came back to even the score early, but the Saints won the final six bouts to take the dual 36-9.
  • #22 Tornado drop ECAC bout to #13 Newberry
    February 01, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a dual match atop the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the 22nd-ranked King University men’s wrestling team went toe-to-toe with 13th-ranked Newberry College early in the dual. However, the Wolves pulled away with a pair of pins, taking the dual 30-13.
  • Conference Carolinas and the South Atlantic Conference partner to sponsor field hockey and wrestling
    January 29, 2018
    HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas is pleased to announce that it has joined with the South Atlantic Conference to sponsor joint championships for field hockey and wrestling beginning in 2018-19.
  • King drops final two duals at Super Region II Duals
    January 27, 2018
    BELMONT, N.C. – On the second day of the Super Region II Duals, the King University men’s wrestling team squared off with two of the top teams in the nation, No. 4 Ashland University and No. 18 University of Findlay. The Tornado grabbed the lead against Ashland early, but ultimately fell 36-3 before falling to Findlay 27-18.
  • Tornado drop first two matches at Super Region II Duals
    January 26, 2018
    BELMONT, N.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team opened the Super Region II Duals on Friday with a pair of tough defeats. The Tornado were ahead early against 23rd-ranked Lake Erie College, but the Storm came back to defeat King 23-16. In the nightcap, King fell behind Tiffin University early and couldn’t recover, falling to the Dragons 33-9.
  • King cruises to ECAC win at Coker
    January 18, 2018
    HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team jumped back into the rankings on Thursday and followed that with a resounding performance at Coker College. The Tornado jumped out to a 16-0 lead and cruised to a 26-21 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) victory.
  • King ranked 22nd in latest poll
    January 18, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the latest installment of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings, King University ranks 22nd, Dustin Kirk is ranked fourth at 133 pounds, and Bryce Killian is ranked ninth at 141 pounds.
  • King takes Virginia Duals title
    January 13, 2018
    HAMPTON, Va. – The King University men’s wrestling capped a solid weekend with a program first, winning the Virginia Duals. The Tornado opened the day with a 34-11 win over Apprentice School in the semifinals before topping Liberty University 30-8 in the championship match.
  • King opens Virginia Duals with win over Averett
    January 12, 2018
    HAMPTON, Va. – The King University men’s wrestling team with a resounding victory over Averett University in the quarterfinals. The Tornado took eight straight victories, including three pins to defeat the Cougars 42-12.
  • King cruises past Emmanuel 33-13
    January 09, 2018
    FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The King University men’s wrestling team earned the second Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) victory on Tuesday night when they defeated Emmanuel College. Reed Jacks got the Tornado off to a hot start with a pin as King took the dual 33-13.
  • Kirk ranked fourth, King receiving votes
    January 02, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the latest installment of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings, King University is receiving votes and Dustin Kirk is ranked fourth at 133 pounds.
  • Kirk takes 3rd, leads King at 39th Annual Midwest Classic
    December 17, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 20th-ranked King University men’s wrestling team wrapped up competition at the 39th Annual Midwest Classic with a 21st place finish. Top-ranked Dustin Kirk led the way for the Tornado, finishing third at 133 pounds.
  • Kirk leads Tornado at Midwest Classic
    December 16, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 20th-ranked King University men’s wrestling team competed Saturday at the 39th Annual Midwest Classic in Indianapolis. Dustin Kirk led the way for the Tornado going 3-0 on the day and helping King place 18th out of 35 teams after day one.
  • Goforth selected ECAC Wrestler of the Month
    December 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following his great start to the season, King University men’s wrestler Landon Goforth has earned recognition from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Goforth has been named the first ECAC Men’s Wrestling of the Month for the 2017-18 season.
  • Ridley inks with King men's wrestling
    December 06, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head wrestling coach Jason Moorman announced the signing of Cade Ridley during the early signing period. He will join the Tornado following a standout career at Commerce High School in Lula, Ga.
  • Tornado move up to 20th in latest Coaches Poll
    November 27, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team is off to a good start this season, and the Tornado moved up one spot in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. The Tornado are ranked 20th in the latest rankings while Dustin Kirk is still atop at 133 pounds. Joey Mammolenti also broke into the rankings at 174 pounds.
  • #21 Tornado comeback to defeat BAC in ECAC opener
    November 21, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The 21st-ranked King University men’s wrestling team made their first dual of the season a memorable one. The Tornado came back from a 22-6 deficit to defeat Belmont Abbey College 23-22 behind four straight victories to close out the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) match.
  • Goforth, Mammolenti take titles at Georgia Open
    November 18, 2017
    FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The 21st-ranked King University men’s wrestling team posted two champions and two runners-up on Saturday at the Georgia Open. Landon Goforth and Joey Mammolenti both won their respective weight classes to lead the Tornado.
  • Tornado take 4 titles at King Open
    November 11, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their second outing of the season, the King University men’s wrestling team had a good showing at the King Open. Four Tornado won individual titles while the Tornado took a runner-up and third place finish.
  • Seay leads King at season-opening Hokie Open
    November 05, 2017
    ROANOKE, Va. – The King University men’s wrestling team opened the season on Sunday at the highly competitive Hokie Open and were led by a third place finish. Elijah Seay reached the semifinals and took third place at 197 pounds to lead the Tornado.
  • Tornado eye return to NCAA Championships
    October 30, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - A season ago, the King University men's wrestling team posted their best finish since joining NCAA Division II, finishing 21st at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Head Coach Jason Moorman finds his squad ranked in the NWCA Coaches' Poll for the first time in the preseason rankings as they check in at 21st. Moorman also returns some firepower for 2017-18 in the form of All-Americans in Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian.
  • King ranked 21st, Kirk 1st in preseason poll
    October 23, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time since becoming NCAA Division II members, the King University men’s wrestling team is ranked in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 in the preseason poll. The Tornado check in at 21st in the nation while Dustin Kirk is also ranked.
  • King wrestling room gets a face lift
    October 04, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Thanks to the contributions from supporters of King wrestling and capital improvement money from King, the men’s and women’s wrestling room received a facelift this summer. New mats were purchased from Resilite, the leading manufacturer of protective mats and padding for wrestling and the official mat of the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
  • Moorman adds Nelson to staff, promotes Mercado
    August 21, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Men’s Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman announced the hiring of Derrick Nelson to complete his staff. Along with the hire, Moorman also promoted assistant coach Travis Mercado to Associate Head Coach.
  • Mercado, Salata attend NWCA Leadership Academy
    August 14, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University wrestling coaches Travis Mercado and Julia Salata were both nominated to attend the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Leadership Academy, held in conjunction with the NWCA Coaches Convention. The duo attended 10 different sessions in the two-day academy, taking in a lot of information they will be taking back to King this year.
  • King hosts men's and women's wrestling camps
    May 25, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman and his staff will be hosting a pair of camps this summer on campus. The Tornado Women’s Wrestling Camp is scheduled for June 25-29 and the Tornado Men’s Wrestling Camp is slated for July 16-20.
  • Morgan steps down from King men's wrestling
    May 24, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of Associate Head Men’s Wrestling Coach Frank Morgan on Wednesday.
  • King launches rally for wrestling facility
    May 02, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s and women’s wrestling team is currently working on a fundraiser to enhance and make necessary improvements to the wrestling practice facilities. The programs have set a goal to raise $30,000 to fund the upgrades and enhancements, which will include new practice mats and wall padding.
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