By Lily Flynn | kentwired.com
Two of Kent State University's national powers will be showcased tonight when the university hosts its first-ever Beauty and the Beast event.
The event features both the gymnastics team, which is considered the "beauty" part of the night and the wrestling team, as the two programs compete in a simultaneous dual meet at the M.A.C. Center.
"Kent has never done this before," sophomore gymnast Amiah Mims said. "It's just something that is exciting and new. I think the main goal is to have something new. It's going to be fun to have everyone together and see how everyone reacts to what is going on."
The idea for the event has been in the works for more than half of a decade, said gymnastics coach Brice Biggin.
"I don't know how it originally first came up," Biggin said. "We have been trying to get this done for at least six years."
As luck would have it, a scheduling issue arose that placed the wrestling and gymnastics teams in the M.A.C. Center at the same time on the same night, which gave both coaches the option to revisit the idea of the Beauty and the Beast match.
"It's a unique concept as far as gymnastics and wrestling and trying to put them both together," Biggin said. "It really will give the audience a complete different perspective of sports and what both these teams give."
The gymnasts are set to take on Rutgers, while the wrestling team will compete against Cleveland State.
During the competition, characters from the Beauty and Beast movie will interact with audience members.
Following the event, members of both teams will be signing autographs for their fans.
"This will be a great event to take the whole family to," assistant gymnastics coach Sharon Sabin said. "The boys can watch the wrestling part and the girls can watch the gymnastics, and they can all watch both. This will hopefully keep everybody happy and be some good family fun on a Friday night."