BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the first month of the men's wrestling season, two King University grapplers garnered recognition from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Joey Mammolenti garnered ECAC Wrestler of the Week and Ethyn Ewing was selected ECAC Rookie of the Week.
Mammolenti stared by placing in first three events of the season, starting with a sixth place finish at the Southeast Open that featured numerous NCAA Division I squads and more than 500 wrestlers. At the event he went 4-2, featuring two wins over NCAA Division I opponents, one a pin of Sam Rowell of Maryland in 40 seconds. The South Bend, Ind., native opened the Kaufman/Brand Open with three straight victories, the first by pin in 4:31 over Skyler Bloomer of Labette Community College. He advanced to the finals with a pair of decisions before falling the championship match, giving him a second place finish.
He followed that with a first place finish at the King Open, taking back-to-back victories by technical fall to start the day. Mammolenti started the day with a 16-0 technical fall win over Nick Hall of Newberry College and followed it with a 19-0 technical fall over Tyler Yokely of ETSU. He took the championship, defeating Jamal Lackey of Coker College, who was ranked fifth in the region, 5-1. Mammolenti capped the month, helping King to their first ECAC dual victory, a 30-10 win at Belmont Abbey College. The sophomore defeated Seth Bridgeman at 174 pounds on an 18-2 technical fall. This marks the first ECAC Wrestler of the Week Award Mammolenti has earned in his career.
In the first tournament of his career, Ewing finished in the top eight at the highly competitive Southeast Open that featured numerous NCAA Division I squads and more than 500 wrestlers. First match of his career was a 9-1 major decision over Chris Matske of Edinboro University. Took another win by major decision and back-to-back decisions over opponents from American University to end the tournament 4-2. Finished fifth at the Kaufman/Brand Open, earning a 6-3 decision over Marshall Green of Lindenwood University and pinning Gabriel McDuffie of Labette CC in 2:26 to start the day.
Ewing then took first at the King Open, defeating a pair of competitors from Coker College. He first defeated Jamez Taylor on a 14-2 major decision before topping Bret Shurina 6-1 for the title. He capped his month with a 10-8 victory over Santonio Thompson, who was ranked seventh in the region, in King's opening dual of the season. The victory helped King to their first ECAC dual victory, topping Belmont Abbey College 30-10. This marks the first time Ewing has been recognized by the ECAC.
The duo and the rest of the Tornado will be in action again on December 17-18 at the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.