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.
"I would like to thank the donors, and supporters of our programs for helping us purchase the new mats," Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman said. "We are thankful for the new mats, and they bring a fresh new feel to our practice facility."
The fundraising campaign occurred in the spring, and was supplemented through King's institutional capital improvement budget. The previous mats had been in use since the inception of the men's wrestling program in 2005.
Resilite custom designed the mats specifically for King's wrestling room, and are 1.25 inches thick and engineered with a closed cell rubber nitrile foam core to maximize the shock absorption and provide the best impact protection for student athlete. The mats are coated with a hot spray, poly-vinyl coating and additional markings were included on the mat to provide more practice space for student-athletes.
"This was a much-needed upgrade and provides a significant advantage for our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics David Hicks. "We're deeply appreciative of all of our supporters, as well as our administration at King, who made this a reality."
A limited group of women's wrestlers will compete at the U23 National Championship on October 7 in Rochester, Minn., and will open the collegiate season at Emmanuel on October 14. The Tornado will host Ferrum College and Emmanuel College on November 10 in their first home match of the year in the Student Center Complex. King men's wrestling opens the season on November 5 at the Southeast Open, hosted by Virginia Tech, and will host the King Open on November 11 at the Student Center Complex.