BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced their all-conference honorees, and four King University grapplers were honored. Bryce Killian earned first team accolades to lead the way while Dustin Kirk, Kody Eichlin and Eldon Valery, Jr., all garnered second team recognition.
Killian earns first team honors at 141 pounds for the second straight season following a season where he posted a 13-6 record. In ECAC matches he went 4-0 with two wins by technical fall and one by pin. He qualified for the NCAA Men's Wrestling Championships for the third straight year, earning All-America recognition for the second straight year. Killian and Kirk are the first two-time NCAA All-Americans in program history.
Kirk earns All-ECAC honors for the second straight year, the second earning second team honors at 133 pounds. Kirk went 18-8 overall, including a 4-2 mark in ECAC competition. He earned a runner-up finish at the Georgia Open and took third at the Midwest Classic. He qualified for the NCAA Men's Wrestling Championships for the second straight year, earning All-America honors for the second time.
Eichlin garners second team All-ECAC for the first time in his career after posting a 10-9 record at 184 pounds. In ECAC competition he went 4-2, taking one win by major decision. He opened his season with a second place finish at the King Open and ended as he went 1-2 at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Valery had a solid senior campus, earning second team All-ECAC honors at heavyweight. He went 18-7 on the season, including one win in ECAC competition, a decision over Belmont Abbey College that gave the Tornado a 23-22 victory after trailing 22-6 in the ECAC opener. On the season he took five wins by pin and one by major decision. He also won the King Open and was the consolation champion at the Georgia Open.