January 2nd, 2014

St. Catharine to start wrestling program

Justin Farr

St. Catharine to start wrestling program
St. Catharine logo / photo from St. Catharine website

St. Catharine College will add wrestling as its 10th men's varsity sport in the fall of 2014, athletic director Tom Bystrek announced. The addition will be the Patriots' 20th varsity sport overall.

"We are excited about the possibilities," Bystrek said. "Not only will the competition be exciting, but the college will add an additional 30-plus athletes to our athletic and campus family."

The Mid-South Conference offers wrestling and currently four schools have programs: Campbellsville, Cumberland (Tenn.), Lindsey Wilson and the Cumberlands.

"We wanted to start a sport that gave us a chance to compete quickly," Bystrek said. "There are over 100 high schools in the state that have wrestling and only three universities in the state that have wrestling --- our chances to fill a competitive roster right away are great!"

There are 10 weight classes that the NAIA uses for its meets. The weight classes range from 125 to heavyweight.

Each team has to have a wrestler in each weight class. The Mid-South Conference is one of the top wrestling leagues in the NAIA. Currently all four teams in the MSC are ranked or are receiving votes in the NAIA poll.

As of Dec. 30, the athletic department has announced the hiring of the current Taylor County High School wrestling coach Spencer Adams as the head coach.

Former LaRue County coach Gary Canter will join Adams as an assistant.

"Both coaches bring a plethora of experience to our program" Bystrek said. "They've already hit the ground running by grabbing some quality recruits and are looking to add to what could already be a great start."



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