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.
FINAL SCORE: #22 King 26, Coker 21
LOCATION: DeLoach Center; Hartsville, S.C.
RECORDS: King 6-0, 3-0 ECAC; Coker 5-5, 1-2 ECAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Reed Jacks got the Tornado off to a hot start with an 18-2 technical fall over Chris Navarro.
- Following a forfeit win for King, ninth-ranked Bryce Killian earned a 17-0 technical fall victory over Noah Kile, giving the Tornado a 16-0 advantage.
- Coker then earned three straight victories, cutting their deficit to 16-12 before Darius Rutland and Kody Eichlin earned back-to-back victories.
- Rutland pinned Ian Maund in 7:00 minutes and Eichlin followed with a 19-5 major decision, stretching the Tornado lead to 26-12.
- The Cobras won the final two bouts, the last by forfeit as King took the dual 26-21.
#22 King (6-0, 3-0 ECAC) 26, Coker (5-5, 1-2 ECAC) 21
125 – Reed Jacks (KING) tech. fall Chris Navarro (COKER), 18-2 (KING 5-0)
133 – Jacob Wynn (KING) wins by forfeit, (KING 11-0)
141 – #9 Bryce Killian (KING) tech. fall Noah Kile (COKER), 17-0 (KING 16-0)
149 – Matthew Kieta (COKER) dec. Landon Goforth (KING), 12-8 (KING 16-3)
157 – Bret Shurina (COKER) pinned Matthew Danner (KING), 2:47 (KING 16-9)
165 – Michael Milam (COKER) dec. Bailey Slattman (KING), 12-6 (KING 16-12)
174 – Darius Rutland (KING) pinned Ian Maund (COKER), 7:00 (KING 22-12)
184 – Kody Eichlin (KING) maj. dec. Chris Coyle (COKER), 19-5 (KING 26-12)
197 – #4 Luis Peguero (COKER) dec. Elijah Seay (KING), 2-1 (KING 26-15)
285 – Robert Parland (COKER) wins by forfeit (KING 26-21)
- The Tornado are in action at the Super Region II Duals on January 26-27 at Belmont Abbey College. King gets started at 2:00 p.m. on Friday against the University of Findlay.
- Coker is in action at the Super Region II Duals as well.