BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Saturday at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, Calif., women's wrestling was officially voted an NCAA Emerging Sport. King was one of the first schools to add women's wrestling, first competing in 2010.
"Girls wrestling at the high school level is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country," said director of athletics David Hicks. "King has been a pioneer in providing new and exciting opportunities for female student-athletes, and we are proud to have been a pioneer as a leader in achieving NCAA Emerging Sport status for women's wrestling."
King competed in women's wrestling for the first time in 2010 and was one of the first 20 schools, and one of the first NCAA schools, to sponsor the sport. The Tornado had its first Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) individual national champion in 2011 and had at least one individual national champion every year through 2018. King had a program-record four national champions in 2015 and 14 WCWA All-Americans in 2013 and 2014.
Head coach Jason Moorman has led the Tornado every year, leading King to four straight WCWA national championships from 2014-17, earning WCWA Coach of the Year honors three times, 2014-16. Those four years, King also won the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals titles.
Outside of collegiate competition, King had 13 individuals compete at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa with one individual qualifying for the Rio Olympics. More recently, King alumna, Sarah Hildebrandt, was selected Team USA Wrestler of the Year in April. In the coming weeks, three Tornado alums will be competing for spots on the 2019 Team USA World Team.
In 2020, King already has six women's wrestling alumni that have qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, the most of any school.
There are currently 23 NCAA member institutions that sponsor women's wrestling and 13 more will join them in 2020-21. Click here to read the Team USA Wrestling release.