BRISTOL, Tenn. – The last four years for the King University women's wrestling team has included eight national championships, as head coach Jason Moorman has brought the program into a perennial power. This summer, the program can add another award to their list when they are recognized by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame as a Champion Within on June 3.
The Tornado will be receiving one of six Champion Within awards from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. King will be recognized as Champions as Pioneers.
"This recognition is a great honor for our program and for King," head coach Jason Moorman said. "We are so thankful for those student-athletes and coaches who have been a part of our women's wrestling team these past years and all they have accomplished. This is something we all should be very proud of."
The nationally prominent King University women's wrestling team took home their seventh and eighth national championships during the 2016-17 season, all coming in the last four years. The top-ranked Tornado earned their fourth straight National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals championship, when they defeated fourth-ranked McKendree University 24-19 in the championship dual.
A month later, King took their fourth straight Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) national championship, defeating their nearest competitor, Simon Fraser University, by nearly 20 points. At the WCWA National Championships, King had three individual national champions, three runners-up and nine All-Americans.
"We're extremely proud of our student-athletes in the women's wrestling program," Director of Athletics David Hicks said. "They are indeed champions in every way. Champions aren't made during the competition, they're made in the hours, weeks and days spent sacrificing and training. They're made from the inner discipline and strength that indeed comes from within. This award exemplifies our ideals at King – we value the traits that win championships more than we value the championships. And that is why these women are champions."
Over the four year run, King has had 14 individual WCWA National Champions and 47 WCWA All-Americans while winning the WCWA Team Scholastic Award each season. Jason Moorman, the Tornado head coach, has been named WCWA Coach of the Year three times. In the history of the program, the Tornado have had 19 individual WCWA National Champions, all coming since 2011, and 85 All-Americans as well as winning six WCWA Team Scholastic Awards.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will host their Champion Within Luncheon, June 3 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The Champion Within Luncheon gives the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame the opportunity to celebrate the success of outstanding individuals who display great character and embody the belief that champions are made from a passion they have deep inside of them – a desire, a dream and commitment. The incredible people that we honor inspire each of us with their dedication and hard work that has led to their success.
2017 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Champion Within Recipients
Tim Shaw – Character Award
Jeff Jacoby – Courage Award
Tennessee SC 16 – Championship Award
Mario Reed – Perseverance Award
King University Women's Wrestling – Champions as Pioneers
Matthew Drumright – Heart of a Champion
2016 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Champion Within Recipients
Inky Johnson – Perseverance Award
Donald North – Character Award
Jason Rogers – Heart of a Champion
Coach James E. "Jim" Stockdale – Lifetime Dedication Award
Tom Johnson – Leadership Award