Men's Wrestling News Archives

  • Danner leads King over Mount Olive
    January 19, 2020
    MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University men's wrestling team picked up a much-needed win today against the University of Mount Olive. The Tornado was led by Matthew Danner,  Jacob Wynn and Camden Buckingham, all put together very strong wins by technical fall or pin. These performances paved the way for a solid 29-17 victory for King.
  • Seay to present research at AMS/MAA Conference
    January 15, 2020
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - Nationally ranked 197-pound wrestler Elijah Seay will be presenting original research done in collaboration with Dr. Linderman at this year's American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) annual joint conference. His paper is titled "Ramsey Numbers of Trees with Large Diameter" and investigates the nature of a class of graphs called trees.
  • King falls to Queens
    January 09, 2020
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's wrestling team fell to Queens University of Charlotte by a score of 30-15. Cory Collins led the Tornado at 157 pounds with a first period win by fall and Rylee Billings picked up a close win by a score of 5-4 at 125 pounds.
  • King falls to West Liberty, Davis & Elkins
    December 20, 2019
    WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. - The King University men's wrestling team had a tough day, falling to West Liberty University and Davis & Elkins College by scores of 43-12 and 40-9, respectively. Cade Ridley led the Tornado with two wins, one by pin and another by medical forfeit. Rylee Billings and Cory Collins also picked up wins.
  • Seay selected Conference Carolinas Wrestler of the Week
    December 18, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Elijah Seay of the King University men’s wrestling team had a solid weekend at the Midwest Classic, finishing sixth and leading him to the Conference Carolinas Wrestler of the Week award.
  • Another medal for Seay, to lead King at Midwest Classic
    December 16, 2019
    Indianapolis, Ind. – The King University men's wrestling team traveled to the annual Midwest Classic this weekend in Indianapolis. The Midwest Classic is known as one of the toughest division II tournaments in existence, with up to a dozen nationally ranked wrestlers in a bracket. The Tornado was led again by senior Elijah Seay. Elijah qualified for the semi finals before an unfortunate event and subsequent medical forfeit to sixth place. Rylee Billing also had a strong showing with a pair of wins and a tough loss in consolation.
  • Seay ranked, King receives votes in NWCA poll
    December 02, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the most recent NWCA Division II rankings, the King University men’s wrestling team received votes for the first time this year. Elijah Seay was the only individual ranked as he checked at ninth in the 197-pound weight class.
  • Three medalists for King at the King Open
    November 24, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team held their annual Tornado Open this year at The Student Center Complex. With 27 team appearances, this year shaped up to be one of the best.  Elijah Seay led the Tornado this year with a finals appearance. Also making the podium were Rylee Billings placing third and Austin Kolikas with a fourth place finish.
  • King takes win over Bluefield College
    November 23, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team put together an incredible performance against Bluefield College this evening in Kline Hall.  Six wins by fall led the Tornado to a 45-9 victory over the Rams.
  • Seay makes finals at Wolfpack Open
    November 18, 2019
    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.
  • King falls to Cumberland in home-opener
    November 13, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's wrestling team began the evening with an early lead, but fall to Cumberland University late in the match 19-27.  The Tornado was led by Elijah Hicks and Elijah Seay both coming away with dominate, early pins.
  • Morales selected South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Wrestler of the Week
    November 06, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Tony Morales started the 2019-20 season off on a high note, taking second at the Southeast Open and earning South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Wrestler of the Week.
  • Morales makes Finals, King places two at Southeast Open
    November 03, 2019
    ROANOKE, Va. – The King University men's wrestling team opened up their regular season at the Southeast Open. The Tornado was led by Cade Ridley taking fourth and Tony Morales making the finals with three pins.
  • Seay ranked in preseason poll
    October 30, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the start of the men’s wrestling season coming up this week NWCA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association rankings were released on Wednesday. Elijah Seay was the only Tornado ranked as he is ranked eighth at 197 pounds.
  • Tornado prepared to open 2019-20 season
    October 28, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King University men's wrestling had a very successful 2018-2019 season, as the Tornado had two players selected first team All-South Atlantic Conference Carolinas. Under new head coach Deral Brown and with the addition of eight new players, King will work to prepare their team for another victorious season.
  • 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.
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