Kirk takes 3rd, Killian 7th at NCAA ChampionshipsBIRMINGHAM, 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.
Three Tornado to compete at NCAA DII Winter FestivalBRISTOL, 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 pollBRISTOL, 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 MonthBRISTOL, 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 ChampionshipsINDIANAPOLIS, 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 RegionalINDIANAPOLIS, 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 pollBRISTOL, 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 PembrokePEMBROKE, 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 dualBRISTOL, 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 dualNEWBERRY, 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 votesBRISTOL, 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 DualsNEWBERRY, 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.
King cruises past Coker in ECAC dualBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team returned to the Student Center Complex in a big way on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado showed their dominance early and throughout their 44-6 victory over Coker College.
Kirk ranked fifth nationally, Tornado have four ranked regionallyBRISTOL, Tenn. – In the latest D2Wrestle.com rankings, the King University men's wrestling team continues to receive votes in the national poll, while Dustin Kirk continues to be ranked in the top five in the national rankings at 133 pounds. In the Super Region Two rankings, King is ranked 10th and has four individuals ranked, including Kirk who is ranked second.
King takes 4th at Virginia DualsHAMPTON, Va. – The King University men’s wrestling team came home with a hard fought fourth place finish at the Virginia Duals. The Tornado fell to runner-up Ferrum College 30-11 to start the day before rebounding with a 30-18 victory over Liberty College. It looked like the Tornado would take third place, but Camden CC came back to take a 22-20 victory.
King tops UCF, moves to semifinals of Virginia DualsHAMPTON, Va. – The King University men’s wrestling team opened the Virginia Duals with an emphatic victory of the University of Central Florida. The Tornado topped Central Florida 35-13 to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.
Tornado fall to Emmanuel in first home dualBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team returned to action with their first home dual when they hosted Emmanuel College on Thursday evening. The Tornado got off to a good start, but the Lions came back to take the lead and later the match 26-17.
Tornado receive votes, Kirk moves up in regional and national pollsBRISTOL, Tenn. – In the latest D2Wrestle.com rankings, the King University men’s wrestling team continues to receive votes in the national poll, while Dustin Kirk moved up the national rankings at 133 pounds. In the Super Region Two rankings, King is ranked 10th and has six individuals ranked, including Kirk who is ranked second.
Kirk's runner-up finish leads King at Midwest ClassicINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The duo of Dustin Kirk and Joey Mammonlenti advanced to the second day of the highly competitive 38th Annual Midwest Classic. Kirk reached the finals and finished second while Mammolenti took eight. The Tornado finished 24th of 38 teams at the event that featured 15 teams ranked in the top 25.
Kirk, Mammolenti advance to day 2 of Midwest ClassicINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Facing some of the toughest competition in the nation, the King University men’s wrestling team had two grapplers advance to Sunday of the 38th Annual Midwest Classic. The tournament features 15 of the top 25 ranked teams in the nation and Dustin Kirk advanced to Sunday’s semifinals while Joey Mammolenti is still alive in the consolation bracket.
Kirk ranked, Tornado receiving votes in national pollBRISTOL, Tenn. – D2Wrestle.com released their first rankings of the season and Dustin Kirk jumped into the rankings for the first time in his career. The Tornado were also receiving votes in the national poll for the first time in four years.
Tornado have nine ranked in D2Wrestle.com regional rankingsBRISTOL, Tenn. – In the first regular season regional rankings, the King University men’s wrestling team moved up to eighth in the D2Wrestle.com Coaches’ Poll. Along with the team ranking, the Tornado have nine individuals ranked at their respective weight class.
King sweeps first ECAC Wrestler of the Month awardsBRISTOL, 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.
King tops Belmont Abbey for first ECAC victoryBELMONT, 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.
Tornado take six titles at King OpenBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team turned in a solid performance, having six individuals take home titles at the King Open on Sunday. Eldon Valery, Jr. led the way for the Tornado, going 4-0 at 197 pounds.
Five Tornado ranked in D2Wrestle.com Region RankingsBRISTOL, Tenn. – The men’s wrestling season is right around the corner, and four King University men’s wrestlers are ranked in the first D2Wrestle.com Super Region II rankings. This quartet is led by Bryce Killian and Reed Jacks while Eldon Valery, Jr. and Joey Mammolenti join them in the rankings.
Lutterloh, Killian selected All-ECACBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in the history of the King University men’s wrestling program, they were members of a conference this season, and following the season, two Tornado were selected All-Eastern College Athlete Conference (ECAC). Bryce Killian earned first team All-ECAC honors at 141 pounds and Andrew Lutterloh garnered second team recognition at heavyweight.
Killian falls in first two matches at NCAA ChampionshipsSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the first time in four years, the King University men’s wrestling program had a wrestler qualify for the NCAA Wrestling National Championships. Bryce Killian started his tournament on Friday where he dropped a pair of close decisions, ending his tournament.
Killian prepared for NCAA Wrestling ChampionshipsBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time since King University became NCAA Division II members, the Tornado men’s wrestling team has a qualifier for the NCAA Division Wrestling Championships. Bryce Killian earned his way to Sioux Falls, S.D., by taking third in the Midwest Regional two weeks ago and will take the mat this weekend.
Killian advances to NCAA DII National ChampionshipsINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Bryce Killian’s brilliant season will continue for a two more weeks as he led the King University men’s wrestling team at the NCAA Division II Men’s Wrestling Midwest Regional. Killian finished third, punching his ticket to the NCAA Division II Men’s Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. Along with Killian, Andrew Luttlerloh ended up on the podium with a fifth place finish.
Killian, Lutterloh lead King on opening day of NCAA RegionalINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On the first day of the NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional, the King University men’s wrestling team was led by Bryce Killian and Andrew Lutterloh. The duo each reached Saturday’s semifinals of their respective weight class.
King falls in dual finale at #14 NewberryNEWBERRY, S.C. – In their final dual of the season, the King University men’s wrestling team took on perennial power and 14th-ranked Newberry College. The Wolves took control of the match early and took a 46-3 victory over the Tornado.
King edged by Anderson in home finaleBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's wrestling team took the mat Saturday evening for senior night in the Student Center Complex against Anderson University. The Tornado were edged by the Trojans 26-24 after they clinched the match at 174.
Breast cancer awareness headlines weekend at KingBRISTOL, Tenn. – Come out to King University for many different athletic events, starting with a men’s volleyball match on Friday night, followed by basketball and wrestling on Saturday and acrobatics and tumbling on Sunday. At all of these events, King will be raising money for breast cancer as they will have t-shirts as well as other items for sale all weekend long.
Belmont Abbey too much for TornadoBELMONT, N.C. – The King University men’s wrestling team returned to action on Thursday evening as they traveled to take on Belmont Abbey College and the Crusaders took control of the dual early in the match. The Tornado earned a pair of wins late, but the Crusaders took the dual 29-12.