BRISTOL, Tenn. – With success comes media requests. Fresh off the program's first NWCA National Duals title, King University women's wrestling head coach Jason Moorman will be making the rounds on Wednesday and Thursday. He is slated to be on the "On the Mat" radio show on Wednesday evening and will be on the USA Wrestling College Wrestling Google+ Hangout On Air Series on Thursday night.
Last weekend, Moorman led the top-ranked Tornado to a 21-19 win over #2 Simon Fraser University in the finals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals to take the program's first team national title. Moorman will be on the "On the Mat" radio show on Wednesday evening at 6:40 p.m. ET.
"On the Mat" is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The show can be heard live on the Internet at 1650thefan.com or locally in Northeast Iowa each Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT on AM 1650, The Fan. A podcast of the show is also available on theopenmat.com.
On Thursday, Moorman will be joined by senior Alli Ragan, and juniors Sarah Hildebrandt and Julia Salata for the USA Wrestling College Wrestling Google+ Hangout On Air Series. Ragan, Hildebrandt and Salata all won all three of their matches last weekend to lead the Tornado to the NWCA National Duals championship.
Ragan was the first King women's wrestler to be a member of a Women's Senior World Team, earning the distinction last year. She also won the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) national title at 136 pounds last season. Both Hildebrandt won the 2013 Pan American Championships while being on both the U.S. University World and Junior World Team's a season ago while Salata competed for the U.S. at the Junior World Championships and finished third at the Senior World Team Trials. Both Hildebrandt and Salata will be looking for their first WCWA national titles next weekend as the both finished as runners-up in 2013.
Since the program's inception in 2009, Moorman has taken the King women's wrestling program to new heights, even prior to their first NWCA National Duals Championship last weekend. King has been the preseason #1 ranked team in the WCWA poll each of the last two seasons, but the Tornado came up short of a WCWA title a season ago, and have their sights set on a WCWA national title next weekend in St. Louis, Mo.
The WCWA College Nationals Championships are scheduled to take place on January 24 and 25 at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Mo.