Wrestling Assistant Cory King Earns NWCA Accolade

YORK, PA – York College assistant wrestling coach Cory King has earned a scholarship for this year's National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Convention in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on August 2-5.

King is the second Spartan assistant coach to earn the honor as last year, fellow assistant Duane Bastress earned the scholarship.

Spartan head coach Tom Kessler knows King's selection says a great deal about the York College wrestling program.

"I believe it speaks volumes about the program we have put together," said Kessler. "Cory is certainly worthy of this honor. He does a great job as our recruiting coordinator and spends countless hours on the phone recruiting student-athletes. We have a very large incoming class and much of the credit for the size and quality of the class goes to Cory."

King is beginning his fifth year on the coaching staff and his success on the recruiting trail has resulted in the Spartans putting together a record of 46-9-1 over the last two seasons. The Spartans have also had three wrestlers earned a combined five All-American honors during the last two years.

King competed collegiately at Mercyhurst College where he fashioned a career record of 30-17. He had a banner season in 2003-2004 as he was named Mercyhurst's first Scholar All-American, finished fifth at Eastern Regionals, and was an alternate for the NCAA tournament that season. Prior to York, King was an assistant coach at Smithfield High School in Smithfield, VA.

King is thankful to get the chance to participate in the convention.

"It is an honor to get a chance to go learn from some of the best in our business," said King. "As a staff, we strive to get better each and every year and the convention is certainly something that helps us reach that goal."

The NWCA Convention is held at the Harbor Beach Mariott and features three days of intensive training and clinics.