Basford comes north to Wilmington

Limestone assistant/interim head coach Chris Basford has been named head wrestling coach at Wilmington College. Basford also has assistant coaching stints at Nebraska-Omaha and Marysville. He replaces Justin Kihn who had coached the Quakers since the team was reinstated in 2018.

Chris Basford Named Wilmington Wrestling Coach

Chris Basford has been named the next head wrestling coach at Wilmington College. 

“Chris has been a quality assistant wrestling coach in a number of very successful programs,” said Senior Director of Athletics Bill Wilson. “We are certain that his experiences and leadership will grow our wrestling program and move us to a place of consistent success. We look forward to Chris joining the Wilmington family.”

Basford comes to Wilmington from Limestone University, an NCAA Division II school in South Carolina, where he served as an assistant wrestling coach for a season before being elevated to Interim Head Coach for the recently concluded 2021-22 academic year. Basford led the Saints to a 10-4 dual record leading the program. Additionally, he guided Majid Corbett and JaQuez Bostic to first-place finishes at the NCAA Division II Super Regional in the 133-pound and 184-pound weight classes as well as Juan Edmonds-Holmes to a runner-up finish and Kevin Radcliff to a third in the 285 and 125-pound weight classes respectively. The Saints finished fifth at the Super Regional and 17th at the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Kevin Radcliff became the first ever 125-pound All American in Limestone history, and Majid Corbett finished sixth after retiring in his semifinals match due to injury.

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