BRISTOL, Tenn. – The men's wrestling season is right around the corner, and five King University men's wrestlers are ranked in the first D2Wrestle.com Super Region II rankings. This group of five is led by Bryce Killian and Reed Jacks while Eldon Valery, Jr., Joey Mammolenti and Dustin Kirk join them in the rankings.
Killian is ranked first at 141 pounds to start the 2016-17, right where he ended last year. A season ago, Killian became the first Tornado wrestling to qualify for the NCAA Division II Men's Wrestling Championships since 2012 as he finished third at the Super Region II Championships. The Middletown, Pa., native was ranked as high as third nationally and finished the season with a 30-7 record, earning first team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) following the season.
Jacks starts the season ranked seventh at 125 pounds following a year that saw him post a 24-11 record. In 2015-16, the Alabaster, Ala., native finish first at the King University Open, fourth at the Kaufman Brand Open and seventh at the Midwest Classic.
In his first season wearing the scarlet and navy, Mammolenti went 10-7 and starts 2016-17 ranked eighth at 174 pounds. The South Bend, Ind., native went 4-1 at the Kaufman Brand Open, en route to a third place finish. He later won the King University Open, winning all three of his matches.
The final Tornado to be ranked in the Super Region II rankings is Valery, Jr. who checks in at eighth at 197 pounds. The Virginia Beach, Va., native is coming off of a redshirt season for the Tornado. The year prior he posted a 7-5 record.
Kirk is ranked seventh at 133 following a redshirt year for the Tornado.
The D2Wrestle.com national rankings are scheduled to come out on Friday morning.
King opens the season on November 6 at the Hokie Open.