Men's Wrestling News Archives

  • Goforth selected ECAC Wrestler of the Month
    December 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following his great start to the season, King University men’s wrestler Landon Goforth has earned recognition from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Goforth has been named the first ECAC Men’s Wrestling of the Month for the 2017-18 season.
  • Ridley inks with King men's wrestling
    December 06, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head wrestling coach Jason Moorman announced the signing of Cade Ridley during the early signing period. He will join the Tornado following a standout career at Commerce High School in Lula, Ga.
  • Tornado move up to 20th in latest Coaches Poll
    November 27, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team is off to a good start this season, and the Tornado moved up one spot in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. The Tornado are ranked 20th in the latest rankings while Dustin Kirk is still atop at 133 pounds. Joey Mammolenti also broke into the rankings at 174 pounds.
  • #21 Tornado comeback to defeat BAC in ECAC opener
    November 21, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The 21st-ranked King University men’s wrestling team made their first dual of the season a memorable one. The Tornado came back from a 22-6 deficit to defeat Belmont Abbey College 23-22 behind four straight victories to close out the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) match.
  • Goforth, Mammolenti take titles at Georgia Open
    November 18, 2017
    FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The 21st-ranked King University men’s wrestling team posted two champions and two runners-up on Saturday at the Georgia Open. Landon Goforth and Joey Mammolenti both won their respective weight classes to lead the Tornado.
  • Tornado take 4 titles at King Open
    November 11, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their second outing of the season, the King University men’s wrestling team had a good showing at the King Open. Four Tornado won individual titles while the Tornado took a runner-up and third place finish.
  • Seay leads King at season-opening Hokie Open
    November 05, 2017
    ROANOKE, Va. – The King University men’s wrestling team opened the season on Sunday at the highly competitive Hokie Open and were led by a third place finish. Elijah Seay reached the semifinals and took third place at 197 pounds to lead the Tornado.
  • Tornado eye return to NCAA Championships
    October 30, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - A season ago, the King University men's wrestling team posted their best finish since joining NCAA Division II, finishing 21st at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Head Coach Jason Moorman finds his squad ranked in the NWCA Coaches' Poll for the first time in the preseason rankings as they check in at 21st. Moorman also returns some firepower for 2017-18 in the form of All-Americans in Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian.
  • King ranked 21st, Kirk 1st in preseason poll
    October 23, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time since becoming NCAA Division II members, the King University men’s wrestling team is ranked in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 in the preseason poll. The Tornado check in at 21st in the nation while Dustin Kirk is also ranked.
  • King wrestling room gets a face lift
    October 04, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Thanks to the contributions from supporters of King wrestling and capital improvement money from King, the men’s and women’s wrestling room received a facelift this summer. New mats were purchased from Resilite, the leading manufacturer of protective mats and padding for wrestling and the official mat of the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
  • Moorman adds Nelson to staff, promotes Mercado
    August 21, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Men’s Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman announced the hiring of Derrick Nelson to complete his staff. Along with the hire, Moorman also promoted assistant coach Travis Mercado to Associate Head Coach.
  • Mercado, Salata attend NWCA Leadership Academy
    August 14, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University wrestling coaches Travis Mercado and Julia Salata were both nominated to attend the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Leadership Academy, held in conjunction with the NWCA Coaches Convention. The duo attended 10 different sessions in the two-day academy, taking in a lot of information they will be taking back to King this year.
  • King hosts men's and women's wrestling camps
    May 25, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman and his staff will be hosting a pair of camps this summer on campus. The Tornado Women’s Wrestling Camp is scheduled for June 25-29 and the Tornado Men’s Wrestling Camp is slated for July 16-20.
  • Morgan steps down from King men's wrestling
    May 24, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of Associate Head Men’s Wrestling Coach Frank Morgan on Wednesday.
  • King launches rally for wrestling facility
    May 02, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s and women’s wrestling team is currently working on a fundraiser to enhance and make necessary improvements to the wrestling practice facilities. The programs have set a goal to raise $30,000 to fund the upgrades and enhancements, which will include new practice mats and wall padding.
  • Tornado trio named ECAC All-Academic
    April 12, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Three members of the King University men’s wrestling team were recognized on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), earning all-academic honors. The trio including Bryce Killian, Joey Mammolenti and Bryan Flores-Garcia.
  • Kirk, Killian, Jacks earn All-ECAC honors
    March 31, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team had a successful season, and three individuals were recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) when they announced their postseason awards. All-Americans Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian earned first team All-ECAC honors while Reed Jacks earned second team All-ECAC recognition.
  • Kirk takes 3rd, Killian 7th at NCAA Championships
    March 11, 2017
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian completed the NCAA Wrestling Championships with a pair of All-American performances. Kirk posted the highest finish by a King wrestler at the event, third, and Killian finished second, giving King their first All-Americans since 2011-12.
  • Kirk, Killian earn All-American after day 1 of NCAA Championships
    March 10, 2017
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian made history for the King University men’s wrestling team on Friday at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. Both wrestlers advanced to the consolation quarterfinals, earning All-American honors.
  • Three Tornado to compete at NCAA DII Winter Festival
    March 08, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming up this weekend, King University will have three student-athletes competing at the NCAA Division II Winter Festival in Birmingham, Ala. Vincent Okot will compete in the Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday while Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian will compete in the Men's Wrestling Championships that start competition on Friday.
  • Tornado ranked 19th Nationally in final D2Wrestle.com poll
    March 03, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in five years, the King University men’s wrestling team is nationally ranked. The Tornado check in at 19th in the final D2Wrestle.com poll of the year. King also has two individuals ranked, Dustin Kirk and 133 pounds and Bryce Killian at 141 pounds.
  • Killian tabbed ECAC Wrestler of the Month
    March 01, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time this year, the King University men’s wrestling team has the Eastern College Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Month. Bryce Killian advanced to his second straight NCAA Division II Men’s Wrestling Championships to earn co-honors this week with Blaze Shade of UNC Pembroke.
  • Kirk and Killian qualify for NCAA Championships
    February 25, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in five years, the King University men’s wrestling team had more than one wrestler qualify for the NCAA Division II Men’s Wrestling Championships. Both Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian finished runner-up at their respective weight classes at the NCAA Super Region II Championships.
  • Tornado have three advance to Saturday of NCAA Regional
    February 24, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The King University men’s wrestling team opened the NCAA Super Region II Championships on Friday and the Tornado had three wrestlers advance to Saturday. Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian are both in the semifinals while Landon Reed will try to work his way through the consolation bracket.
  • Kirk ranked fifth, King receives votes in D2Wrestle.com poll
    February 20, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the final D2Wrestle.com rankings prior to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Super Regionals, the King University men’s wrestling team continues to receive votes. Individually, Dustin Kirk is ranked fifth at 133 pounds in the country leading into the competition this weekend.
  • Tornado drop final dual of season at #23 UNC Pembroke
    February 13, 2017
    PEMBROKE, N.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team traveled to take on 23rd-ranked UNC Pembroke in their final dual match of the season. The Tornado took three forfeits as the Braves took the Eastern College Athletic Conference Dual 36-6.
  • King falls to Limestone in final home dual
    February 09, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team hosted their final dual of the season, squaring off with Limestone College in and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tilt. The Saints took the early lead, and didn’t look back, taking the dual 34-10.
  • King falls at #16 Newberry in ECAC dual
    February 02, 2017
    NEWBERRY, S.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team traveled to take on 16th-ranked Newberry College in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) dual. King gave a pair of forfeits, falling behind early and couldn’t recover as Newberry took the contest 30-9.
  • Kirk moves up in national rankings, King receives votes
    February 02, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team continues to stay near the national rankings as they received votes for the fourth straight D2Wrestle.com poll. Dustin Kirk moved up to fourth in the latest rankings at 133 pounds.
  • King tops #23 Tiffin, falls to #7 Findlay at Super Region II Duals
    January 28, 2017
    NEWBERRY, S.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team accomplished something they hadn’t in four years on Saturday as they went 1-1 at the Super Region II Duals. The Tornado knocked off 23rd-ranked Tiffin University 30-16 for their first win over a ranked opponent since 2013. King the fell to seventh-ranked University of Findlay 26-12 later in the day.
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