King ready to take the mat in 2016-17

King ready to take the mat in 2016-17

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Facility – Student Center Complex
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

MEN'S WRESTLING HISTORY

First Year of Men's Wrestling – 2005-06

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach – Jason Moorman
Record at School, Years – 5-20, 2 years
Career Record, Years – 5-20, 2 years
Men's Wrestling Office Phone – (423) 652-6346
Assistant Coaches – Frank MorganTravis Mercado

TEAM INFORMATION

Overall Dual Record Last Year – 2-9
Starters Returning / Lost – 9 / 3
Letterwinners Returning / Lost – 11 / 9

ECAC PRESEASON COACHES POLL
-Tornado are picked sixth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll 

TOP RETURNING MEN'S WRESTLERS

Redshirt junior Bryce Killian, 141 pounds (ranked No. 1 at 141 pounds in the Super Region II preseason rankings, ranked No. 8 at 141 pounds nationally, first team All-ECAC, ECAC Wrestler of the Month in January, became the fifth wrestler in Tornado history to qualify for the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships, , went 30-7 in 2015-2016)
Redshirt Junior Reed Jacks, 125 pounds (Ranked No. 7 at 125 pounds in the Super Region II preseason rankings, Champion at 125 pounds at the King University Open with four straight wins, won all three matches at the Coker Duals, went 24-11 in 2015-16)
Sophomore Joey Mammolenti, 174 pounds (Ranked No. 8 at 174 pounds in the Super Region II pre-season rankings, won the King University Open, winning all three matches, went 10-7 in 2015-16)
Redshirt Junior Dustin Kirk, 133 pounds (Ranked No. 7 at 133 pounds in the Super Region II preseason rankings, finished runner-up at the Hokie Open, went 3-1 in 2015-16)
Redshirt junior Eldon Valery, Jr., 197 pounds (Ranked No. 8 at 197 pounds in the Super Region II preseason rankings, coming off a redshirt season for the Tornado, went 7-5 in 2014-15)
Senior Cody Davis, 197 pounds (Won three of his four matches at the King University Open to take third, earned one win at the NCAA Midwest Regional, went 8-12 in 2015-16)
Sophomore Darius Rutland, 149 pounds (Took a pair of wins at the Hokie Open, earned two more wins at the King University Open, went 8-15 in 2015-16)

NEWCOMERS

Joshua Adams, 184 pounds, Corona, Calif. N.Y. (Centennial HS)
Cory Collins, 149 pounds, Watkinsville, Ga. (Iowa Central CC)
Ethyn Ewing, 149 pounds, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (Canyon HS)
Landon Goforth, 149 pounds, Hixson, Tenn. (Hixson HS)
Jordan Hawthorne, 285 pounds, Greer, S.C. (Greer Hs)
Brandon Jeffers, 157 pounds, Hixson, Tenn. (Hixson HS)
Phillip Maxwell, 125 pounds, Knoxville, Tenn. (Karns HS)
Hunter Moore, 197 pounds, Saltville, Va. (Patrick Henry HS)
Austin Moreno, 285 pounds, Covina, Calif. (South Hills HS)
Elijah Seay, 197 pounds, Goodview, Va. (Staunton River HS)
Tyler Williams, 141 pounds, Tuscumbia, Ala. (Deshler HS)
Jacob Wynn, 133 pounds, Rural Retreat, Va. (Rural Retreat HS)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- King opens the season on November 6 at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Va.
- The Tornado compete at home at the King Open on November 20 in the Student Complex Center.
- The Super Region II Duals take place in Newberry, S.C. January 27-28.
- The Tornado will compete in the Super Region II Championships February 24-25 in Indianapolis, Ind.
- The NCAA Division II National Championships on March 10-11 will take in Birmingham, Ala.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620