Men's Wrestling News Archives

  • Brown to lead King men's wrestling program
    April 16, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the hire of Deral Brown as head men’s wrestling coach. Brown is no stranger to wrestling in the southeast as he wrestled and was an assistant coach at Newberry College.
  • Eichlin, Seay selected first team all-conference
    March 13, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the completion of the first South Atlantic Conference Carolinas men’s wrestling season, the league held a banquet to announce their all-conference performers. Both Kody Eichlin and Elijah Seay were selected first team.
  • Seay, Eichlin compete at NCAA DII Wrestling Championships
    March 08, 2019
    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The King University men’s wrestling team sent two individuals to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships for the third straight year. However, Elijah Seay or Kody Eichlin weren't able to advance to the second day as they fell against ranked opponents on Friday.
  • Seay takes regional title, King has six placers at Super Region II Championships
    February 22, 2019
    HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team had a historic day at the NCAA Division II Super Region II Championships. The Tornado six placers, including their second-ever regional champion. Seventh-ranked Elijah Seay won all three of his matches at 197 pounds to take the title.
  • Seay moves up, King receives votes in NWCA Poll
    February 21, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the final NWCA rankings of the regular season, the King University men's wrestling team continues to receive votes in the poll. Elijah Seay moved up in the rankings at 197 pounds.
  • King drops regular season finale at Queens
    February 14, 2019
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In their final dual of the season, the King University men’s wrestling team fell behind at Queens University in the early going. The Tornado made a run to comeback, but came up short as the Royals took the dual 19-17.
  • Tornado top Coker in final home dual
    February 10, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team closed their home schedule in style on Sunday afternoon. The Tornado defeated Coker College 24-18, highlighted by a pin from Kody Eichlin on Senior Day.
  • King falls to Limestone in league dual
    February 04, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team dropped a South Atlantic Conference Carolinas dual on Monday night to Limestone College. The Tornado won the first match, but Limestone won the next seven, taking the dual 28-9.
  • King receives votes, Seay stays in NWCA rankings
    February 04, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the fifth NWCA rankings of the season, the King University men's wrestling team continues to receive votes in the poll. Elijah Seay stayed in the rankings at 197 pounds.
  • King drops league dual at Newberry
    January 24, 2019
    NEWBERRY, S.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team went on the road to take on regional rival Newberry College. The Wolves jumped ahead early, and the Tornado couldn’t catch up as they fell 31-8.
  • Vasquez selected conference Wrestler of the Week
    January 23, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn.  – Chris Vasquez helped the King University men’s wrestling team to their second straight South Atlantic Conference Carolinas victory last week. Vasquez earned a win, capping the come-from-behind victory and earning him South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Wrestler of the Week honors.
  • Seay, Vasquez pins complete Tornado comeback win at BAC
    January 17, 2019
    BELMONT, N.C. – For the second time in as many South Atlantic Conference Carolinas duals, the King University men’s wrestling earned a come-from-behind win. The Tornado earned a pair of late pins to complete the 25-19 comeback win at Belmont Abbey College.
  • Tornado go 3-1 at Coker Duals
    January 12, 2019
    HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team had a good day at the Coker Duals, going 3-1 on the day. The Tornado started with wins over Truett McConnell College and Bluefield College before falling to 22nd-ranked Mercyhurst University. King closed the day with a win over Ohio Valley University.
  • Seay ranked, King receives votes in NWCA Poll
    January 11, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the fourth NWCA rankings of the season, the King University men's wrestling team continues to receive votes in the poll. Elijah Seay stays in the rankings at 197 pounds.
  • Ridley caps thrilling comeback win for King over Emmanuel
    January 07, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their first home dual of the season, the King University men’s wrestling team came away with a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The Tornado trailed 24-8, but rolled off three straight wins, a technical fall and two pins to defeat Emmanuel College 25-24.
  • King receives votes, Seay ranked in NWCA Poll
    December 31, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the third NWCA rankings of the season, the King University men’s wrestling team continues to receive votes in the poll. Elijah Seay breaks into the rankings for the first time at 197 pounds.
  • Seay takes 5th, leads King at Midwest Classic
    December 16, 2018
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The King University men’s wrestling team had three wrestlers that advanced to the second day of the Midwest Classic. Elijah Seay led the Tornado, taking fifth at 197 pounds.
  • Seay leads Tornado in day one of Midwest Classic
    December 15, 2018
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three King University men’s wrestlers are still alive following the first day of the Midwest Classic. The day was led by Elijah Seay who reached the semifinals while Jacob Wynn and Cade Ridley have advanced in the consolation bracket.
  • Monday's dual at Bluefield postponed
    December 09, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Monday’s King University men’s wrestling dual at Bluefield College has been postponed. A reschedule date has not been announced at this time.
  • Tornado receive votes in latest NWCA national poll
    November 29, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team continues to receive votes in the first National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) poll. In the first regional rankings, the Tornado are ranked third in Super Region II.
  • Ridley's title leads six King placers at Georgia Open
    November 17, 2018
    ROYSTON, Ga. – The King University men’s wrestling team posted six placers at the Georgia Open on Saturday. The Tornado were led by heavyweight champion Cade Ridley.
  • Eichlin leads six placers at King Open with title
    November 11, 2018
    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.
  • Ridley leads King at the Hokie Open
    November 04, 2018
    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The King University men’s wrestling team opened the season on Sunday at the Hokie Open. Cade Ridley led the Tornado with a fourth place finish in the freshman/sophomore division.
  • Goforth ranked, King receives votes in preseason poll
    October 30, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team opens the season on Sunday, and one individual was ranked in the preseason rankings. Landon Goforth is ranked at 149 pounds, and the Tornado received three votes in the first NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Poll.
  • King eyes trip to NCAA Championships in 2018-19
    October 29, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King University men's wrestling team had a successful 2017-18 season with a pair of All-America selections, but the Tornado are hungry for more in 2018-19. Head coach Jason Moorman brought in a talented group of newcomers to add with the solid returning group, leaving expectations high for the upcoming season.
  • Moorman adds Goebel to round out staff
    September 12, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head wrestling coach Jason Moorman rounded out his staff with the hire of Nick Goebel. He comes to King following a successful career at the University of Findlay.
  • Moorman adds Killian to men's wrestling staff
    June 12, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman announced the hire of Bryce Killian as assistant coach. Killian was a standout wrestler for the Tornado, earning All-America honors each of the last two years.
  • Mercado resigns from King wrestling to take head coaching position
    May 11, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head wrestling coach Jason Moorman announced that associate head coach Travis Mercado has resigned to take the head coach position at Colorado Mesa University.
  • Four Tornado earn All-ECAC honors
    April 17, 2018
    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.
  • King takes 19th, Killian and Kirk earn All-American honors
    March 10, 2018
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – For the second straight year, the King University men’s wrestling team has a pair of All-Americans. Bryce Killian finished sixth at the NCAA Wrestling Championships and Dustin Kirk finished eighth. The Tornado also posted their best team finish in program history, taking 19th.
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