Seay makes finals at Wolfpack Open

Photo credit: Noah Melendez
Photo credit: Noah Melendez

RALEIGH, N.C. – The King University men's wrestling team competed this weekend at NC State's annual Wolfpack Open. The tournament was loaded with talent from all divisions and offered a great look for the Tornado moving into December. This year King was led by Elijah Seay as he punished his way to the finals.


  • Rylee Billings got the Tornado rolling with two early wins at 125, stunning nearby Appalachian State 4-2. Billings finished the day 2-2 after a tough decision to NC State and then Virginia Tech.
  • Austin Kolikas and Josh Gardner grabbed a pair of wins against regional rival UNC Pembroke.
  • Cade Ridley also managed a productive day, knocking off region rival Newberry and grabbing a pair of pins. He would fall to NC State and App State to finish 2-2 at 285.
  • The biggest finish on the day came from 197 pounds Seay. He picks up a 16-0 tech fall early against Gardner Webb and a decision against Virginia. In the quarterfinals, he pulled out a huge pin against Appalachian State in the final seconds of the third period. In the semifinals, Seay snagged a second-period pin over Virginia Tech's Cody Howard to advance to the finals.


125lbs – Rylee Billings 2-2; Cal Rogers 0-2

133lbs – Elijah Hicks 0-2; Colin Leonard 0-2

141lbs – Austin Kolikas 1-2

157lbs – Tyler Williams 0-2

165lbs – Alex Mercardo 0-2; Elijah Davis 0-2

174lbs – Josh Gardner 1-2; Camden Buckingham 0-2

184lbs – Matthew Danner 0-2; William Seymore 0-2

197lbs – Elijah Seay 4-1, 2nd

285lbs – Cade Ridley 2-2


  • Saturday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m., the Tornado return to action at home against Fairmont State University.