King tops Belmont Abbey for first ECAC victory

King tops Belmont Abbey for first ECAC victory

BELMONT, N.C. – The King University men's wrestling team went into Thanksgiving break on a high note, winning their first dual of the season. The Tornado grabbed the lead early against Belmont Abbey College in the opening Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) dual of the season and didn't look back, taking the contest 30-10.

FINAL SCORE: King 30, Belmont Abbey 10
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 1-0, 1-0 ECAC; Belmont Abbey 3-4, 0-1 ECAC


  • Reed Jacks got King off to a good start, earning a tough 5-4 victory over Michael Bedard at 125 pounds.
  • The Crusaders followed with a win by decision at 133 pounds before King earned back-to-back wins to extend the lead.
  • Dustin Kirk tried to bring the momentum back to the Tornado at 141 pounds, pinning John Gahagan in 2:42 to earn six points for the Tornado.
  • Ethyn Ewing then faced a tough match at 149 pounds, taking a tight 10-8 decision over Santonio Thompson to give King a 12-3 lead.
  • Belmont Abbey then took a pair of wins, one by major decision, cutting the King lead to 12-10 before Joey Mammolenti extended the Tornado lead at 174 pounds.
  • Mammolenti earned an 18-2 technical fall victory over Seth Bridgeman, extending the King lead to 17-10.
  • At 184 pounds, Elijah Seay took a major decision over Luke Glunt by the score of 13-2 and Eldon Valery, Jr. clinched the Tornado victory with a win by forfeit at 197 pounds.
  • Cody Davis capped the victory, defeated Chass Delgado 4-2 in overtime to give King the 30-10 victory.


  • The win for King is their first ever ECAC victory.


  • King takes the mat again on December 17-18 in Indianapolis, Ind., at the Midwest Classic.
  • Belmont Abbey is in action again on December 7 at Coker College.

KING (1-0, 1-0 ECAC) 30, BELMONT ABBEY (3-4, 0-1 ECAC) 10

125 – Reed Jacks (King) dec. Michael Bedard (BAC), 5-4 (King 3-0)
133 – Nick Lukanich (BAC) dec. Jacob Wynn (King), 5-1 (3-3)
141 – Dustin Kirk (King) pinned John Gahagan (BAC), 2:42 (King 9-3)
149 – Ethyn Ewing (King) dec. Santonio Thompson (BAC), 10-8 (King 12-3)
157 – Greg Hilliard (BAC) maj. dec. Cory Collins (King), 13-0 (King 12-7)
165 – John Glunt (BAC) dec. Darius Rutland (King), 9-2 (King 12-10)
174 – Joey Mammolenti (King) tech. fall Seth Bridgeman (BAC), 18-2 (King 17-10)
184 – Elijah Seay (King) maj. dec. Luke Glunt (BAC), 13-2 (King 21-10)
197 – Eldon Valery, Jr. (King), Forfeit (King 27-10)
285 – Cody Davis (King) dec. Chass Delgado (BAC), 4-2 SV 1 (King 30-10)