BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's wrestling team hosted the annual King Open and had six wrestlers place, including one champion. Kody Eichlin led the way for the Tornado, taking first at 174 pounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Eichlin started his day with a 10-4 win over Sterling Griffin of Midway University at 174 pounds. He followed that with a 10-5 decision over Luke Young of Bluefield College.
- In the final, he topped Garett Beam of Limestone College 5-4 in a tiebreaker-1.
- At 125 pounds, Rylee Billings finished runner-up, going 3-1 on the day. He won his first three matches, including a 16-0 technical fall over Deven Perez of Emmanuel College in the quarterfinals.
- He then took a 14-12 decision from Reinhardt University's Koby Milner before falling on a 9-7, tiebreaker-1 decision to John Watts of Coker College in the final.
- Riley Alderman also went 3-1, finishing runner-up at 141 pounds. Alderman started with a 3:51 pin of Limestone's Derek Turner and followed that with a 15-0 technical fall over Taquel Young of Emmanuel.
- Following a 16-12 decision over Reinhardt's Curtis Doctor in the semifinals, he fell to Coker's Michael Miller 10-9 in the championship match.
- King had two of the top three finishers at 285 pounds, led by a runner-up finish from Chris Vasquez. He started his day with a pair of pins before topping DeShaun Baker of Reinhardt 12-6 in the semifinals.
- However, he fell to Coker's Ramon Correa 3-1 in the championship match.
- Cade Ridley dropped his first match of the day but came back with four straight wins to finish third at 285 pounds.
- He earned three straight pins before defeating Hinton Bolinger of Reinhardt 2-0 in the third place bout.
- Tyler Williams finished fourth at 165 pounds, going 2-2 on the day. He started the day with a sudden victory over Noah Reynolds of Bluefield and later pinned Spencer Griffey of Chattanooga in 6:01 to reach the third place bout.
KING RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS
133 – Josh Wynn 1-2
165 – Tyler Williams 2-2, 4th
174 – Kody Eichlin 3-0, 1st
- King is in action again on Saturday at the Georgia Open.