EDINBORO, Pa. (May 22, 2009) â€“ Edinboro Universityâ€™s Jarrod King (Connellsville, PA/Connellsville) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Menâ€™s At-Large All-District Team. The Fighting Scot wrestler earned a spot on the University Division First Team and will now advance to the national All-American ballot.
King is a standout both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat. He has a 3.75 GPA as an Individualized Studies major. In wrestling, King was named both the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Wrestler of the Year.
King capped an incredible year by winning the national championship at 165 lbs. after arriving in St. Louis as the 12th seed. The senior proceeded to win all five of his matches, upsetting three higher seeds along the way. The first was a 12-5 decision over fourth-seeded Moza Fay of Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he won a grueling 6-6 two tiebreaker match against Iowa Stateâ€™s Jonathan Reader, the eighth seed. He prevailed thanks to an 11-second advantage in riding time.
That left King in the finals against second-seeded Andrew Howe of Wisconsin. He parlayed a body lock in the third period for the boutâ€™s lone takedown, snapping a 1-1 tie to win 3-2. King became Edinboroâ€™s fourth Division I national champion, joining Sean Oâ€™Day, Josh Koscheck and current teammate Gregor Gillespie.
King ended a rollercoaster year with a 32-5 record. He ran off 12 straight wins to start the season, winning the Oklahoma Gold Classic and the PSAC Championships. Following a 4-1 loss to sixth-ranked Colt Sponseller of Ohio State, King won eight more matches in a row. That included a win in the title match of the Reno Tournament. The eight-match win streak came to an end thanks to a 3-2 loss to top-ranked Mack Lewnes of Cornell in the championship match of the Southern Scuffle.
Less than two weeks later King had to be pulled from the lineup in the Virginia Duals due to a knee injury. It turned out he had a staph infection in his knee. Following a stay in the hospital and over a month out of the lineup, King returned with a week of practice under his belt to compete in Edinboroâ€™s final four dual meets.
King struggled somewhat upon his return, losing two of three matches, including a 5-3 decision to Donnie Jones of West Virginia in the final dual of the season. He looked like a different wrestler two weeks later, pinning Jones in 23 seconds in the EWL title match for his second straight EWL crown.
King spent three injury-filled seasons at Oklahoma before transferring to Edinboro a year ago. He went 32-9 a year ago, qualifying for Nationals and going 2-2 in his first trip.