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The wrestling event of the year is finally here! In just the College's third year
housing a women's wrestling program, King College has been given the honor of hosting
the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Tournament this weekend
at the Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.). The day-long tournament will take
place on Saturday, Jan. 28, to determine who will be named number one in the season's
King was unanimously selected to host this year's tournament by their peers and the
WCWA over multiple other applicants. It is a huge honor for our team and this program
to get the opportunity to host an event of this caliber, said Head Coach Jason Moorman.
To be able to wrestle at home in front of our own fans will be special and really
give the crowd a chance to experience women's wrestling as an up-and-coming sport.
Even still in the program's infancy, Moorman has built up the program and gained international
prominence, currently ranking second in the latest WCWA rankings. In their first season
King finished 10th of 13 teams to participate in the tournament. The following year
the Tornado jumped into serious contention for a title, finishing in fourth place
as a team and housing a national champion while beginning a run of success that continues
We are delighted to be hosting the WCWA National Championships, said King Athletic
Director David Hicks. Coach [Jason] Moorman has quickly elevated our Women's Wrestling
program into one of the top programs in the country, and the opportunity to host a
national championship is a milestone for our program. We are looking forward to seeing
the best women's wrestlers in the country compete for a national title.
Competition will begin on Saturday morning (Jan. 28) at 9:00 a.m. EST. Three mats
will be running simultaneously throughout the day with all ten weight classes and
16 teams being represented. Brackets containing tentative rankings and matchups will
be formulated and released Friday night after the coaches' meeting.
An all-day pass for the event will cost $10.00 (US). King students, staff and faculty
can attend free of charge with a valid King ID. Programs commemorating the tournament
will be sold at the event.
With the partnership of the America One (B2) Broadcasting Network, King will be providing
multiple webcasts of the tournament and the preceding press conference. The press
conference, set for Friday Jan. 27 at 3:00 p.m. EST, will feature the head coach and
select wrestlers from the top five programs in the WCWA. Two webcasts will be running
simultaneously, covering all three mats of the competition.
Statistics will also be published live to the web via TrackWrestling.com. Please search
2012 WCWA Womens College Nationals and follow the on-screen instructions to access
An interactive blog will also be provided to allow viewers the opportunity to receive
the most current updates and visuals on the actions on all three mats. Viewers may
also engage our on-site blogger with questions and comments on the event or to support
your favorite wrestler or team.
Access to the interactive blog, statistics and live video are all free and available
on www.KingTornado.com. Navigate to the women's wrestling page to view the official
web page of the WCWA National Tournament and links to the live stats, interactive
blog and live video.
In 2011 King witnessed two standout athletes succeed at the collegiate and international
level, crowning its first individual national champion after Marina Lambert won gold
in the 90-kilogram/198-pound division. While Lambert is no longer with the team, Alli
Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) has been in the spotlight after finishing with a bronze medal
in the World Junior Championships this past summer. Ragan and freshman Julia Salata
(Canton, Mich.) have both qualified for the Olympic trials through previous successes
in competition this season.
The WCWA National Tournament serves as a prime opportunity for affiliated schools
to earn a championship with the college season concluding as well as to grant individuals
an opportunity to qualify for the 2012 United States Olympic Team. The top two finishers
in the 109, 123, 136, and 155-pound weight classes as well as the champions of the
101, 116, 130, 143, 170, 191-pound divisions will advance to the U.S. Olympic Team
trials, set in April.
For more details, please visit the official page of the WCWA National Tournament,
at the following web address: www.KingTornado.com/sports/wwrest/2011-12/2012WCWANationals/WCWANatHome