St. Catharine College Athletic Director, Tom Bystrek, has announced that Wrestling will be added as a new sport in the fall of 2014. The addition will be the 20th varsity sport for the Patriots and the 10th men's varsity sport at the college.
"We are excited about the possibilities," mentioned Bystrek. "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 there are four schools that have programs, Campbellsville University, Cumberland University (TN), Lindsey Wilson College and The University of the Cumberlands. Just three of those schools are in the state of Kentucky and those are the only colleges or universities that offer collegiate wrestling.
"We wanted to start a sport that gave us a chance to compete quickly," stated Bystrek. "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 up to heavyweight. Each team has to have a wrestler at each of those weight classes. The Mid-South Conference, like many of the other sports, is one of the top wrestling conferences in the nation. Currently, the MSC has all four teams ranked or receiving votes for the NAIA poll.
As of December 30th, the athletic department has announced the hiring of the current Taylor County High School wrestling coach Spencer Adams as the head coach for the new program. In addition, joining Adams mat side will be former Larue County Head Coach Gary Canter. "Both coaches bring a plethora of experience to our program" said Bystrek. "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."