King brothers inducted into EWL Hall of Fame
There aren't too many titles or accomplishments that brothers Matt and Jarrod King haven't secured in their wrestling careers at Connellsville High School and Edinboro.
But both were still a little surprised when they received a call from their former wrestling coach, Tim Flynn, at Edinboro letting them know they had been chosen to be inducted into the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Hall of Fame.
Matt King, 32, said he probably thought about the idea of one day being inducted, but he was surprised at how fast it happened.
“I think Coach Flynn said they usually don't consider anyone until it's been at least 10 years since their college graduation,” he said.
But because the EWL championships were held at Edinboro this year, the brothers were considered.
Matt King attended Edinboro from 1999 to 2004. He was a two-time All-American, a two-time EWL champion, a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion and a two-time PSAC Wrestler of the Year.
He is also sixth on the all-time win list at Edinboro.
Jarrod King originally began his college career at Oklahoma, where he was injured. He transferred to Edinboro, where he went from 2007 until his graduation in 2010.
“I think Coach Flynn is one of the best coaches in the country,” Jarrod King said. “I was injured, and he took a chance on me, and it worked out. I had a great career at Edinboro. He got me to where I needed to be to succeed.”
While at Edinboro, Jarrod King was a three-time participant in the EWL national qualifying tournament, a two-time EWL Wrestler of the Year, a three-time PSAC champion and a two-time PSAC Wrestler of the Year.
In 2009, he took home an NCAA title, and in 2010 he placed third in the NCAAs to earn All-American status.
Jarrod King graduated from Connellsville in 2004. He won state championships in his junior and senior seasons. Matt King is a 1999 Connellsville graduate and was a three-time place-winner at the PIAA championships.
Both said it was an honor to be chosen by the EWL and a cool thing to be inducted together.
“The Eastern Wrestling League is a big conference,” Jarrod King said. “There are a lot of big names in their hall of fame.”
Matt King said it wasn't something that he necessarily worked for, but it is a nice honor. He added that it's a testament to the coaching style of Flynn, who was an influential figure in the brothers' lives.
Flynn said in his years of coaching, there have been only a handful of wrestlers from Edinboro who have been selected for the EWL Hall of Fame, so it's impressive that two would come from the same family.
“I don't think anyone realizes how dedicated and regimented they both were,” he said. “It was refreshing as a coach to have no worries; you told them what to do, and they were doing it right.”
He added that both brothers were very disciplined from eating the right things and on a schedule to participating in extra work outs.
“They were wonderful athletes, but more than that, they are just wonderful individuals,” Flynn said. “You just don't come into contact with a lot of students or people like that. They're pretty special.”
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.