LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bellarmine University is starting a wrestling program.
The Knights will begin this fall as a Division II program essentially absorbing the former Saint Catherine College team according to a press release. St. Catherine is closing in July.
The coaches (head coach Spencer Adams and assistant Gary Canter) from St. Catherine will be retained and those current team members wishing to transfer will be retained as well. That also goes for those signed to wrestle for St. Catherine for the 2016-'17 season, provided they meet Bellarmine admission standards. This past season, St. Catherine competed on the NAIA level with 41 wrestlers in the program.
"Although wrestling wasn't originally in our short range plans, St. Catharine's closing certainly made starting a new program a viable and logical option," said Bellarmine Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt. "Taking over an existing program allows us to hit the ground running while allowing Coach Adams to build on the inroads he made since founding the program at St. Catharine two years ago."
Wrestling will become the 22nd sport at Bellarmine. The schedule has not yet been announced, but the school plans on hosting matches at Knights Hall.
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