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Kentucky Wesleyan announces 21 for first recruiting class

Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed 21 recruits for its brand-new wrestling program, the Owensboro, Ky. school announced this week.

The signees represent nine different states. As would be expected, the commonwealth of Kentucky can claim eight wrestlers, with nearby Indiana being home to five future KWC wrestlers. Wrestlers as far away as Georgia, Florida and Washington State -- along with student-athletes from Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas -- have also committed to wrestling for the Panthers.

"We really tried to recruit a balanced class in terms of age and experience, and felt like we hit the mark in that regard," said KWC head wrestling coach Chris Freije. "The goal is to win at the highest level as soon as we can and do it the right way. For our program, and the goals we have set, it is a four-pronged approach. For us that means finding individuals who have passion for what they're doing, have strong character, high academics, and a big work ethic in all areas of life. We've still got a couple irons in the fire and are working to add a piece or two to the puzzle before the school year starts. Looking at the group we have coming in this year, if we can consistently replicate that, and bring in student-athletes with those qualities we will attain the goals we have set soon."

KWC's new mat program, announced in Oct. 2017, will compete in NCAA Division II beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Founded in 1858, Kentucky Wesleyan College is a private, liberal arts college located in Owensboro in western Kentucky, between Louisville and Evansville, Indiana. KWC has an enrollment of approximately 800 students.

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