The Apprentice School 50 v Towson State University 9       Rowan College at Gloucester County 27 v The Apprentice School 11       United States Naval Academy Prep 27 v The Apprentice School 21       Alfred State College 28 v Penn College 22       University of Delaware 40 v Widener University 9       Penn State - Mont Alto 33 v Widener University 12       Ted Reese Invitational       Columbia Basin College 42 v University of Idaho 12       Highline College 43 v South Puget Sound Community College 12       Davenport University 26 v Grand Valley State University 28       

MMI WRESTLERS STAY IN TOP FIVE GOING INTO SEMESTER BREAK

12/08/2007 -

“We think we have the right chemistry and talent this year to make another run at the national championship. With Cee-Jay Hamilton (2006-2007 National Champion) and two wrestlers who earned All-American honors back from last year's team to lead the new freshman, Marion should be able to better last year's mark.” Those words were spoken earlier this year by Jim Hazewinkel, one of MMI's wrestling coaches regarding the upcoming 2007-2008 season. Coach Jim and his brother Dave may be right on the mark this year about their chances to improve on last year's 5th place finish at the NCWA National Tournament.
Marion currently holds the #5 slot going into the Christmas break with sophomore Cee-Jay Hamilton holding the #2 spot after having held the #1 ranking until last week. The only other wrestler breaking into the top 20 is Ben Canning, a freshman from Maryland. The tiger’s last competition saw Darton College take a 30-20 decision. MMI wrestlers that finished in first place were: Cee-Jay Hamilton (125 lbs), Ben Canning (133 lbs), Derrick Lucas (149 lbs), Dante Graham (157 lbs), and Max Elvrom (165 lbs).
This year's team includes a total of thirty-two wrestlers which include twelve returning wrestlers and twenty incoming freshman. Top freshmen include Ben Canning (Maryland State Champion) and Alabama State Champions Adam Beavers (Oak Grove, AL), Ben Jones (Oak Grove, AL), and Chase Bryan (Ashville, AL). Other newcomers who should make a significant contribution to this year's team are: Dante Graham (Florida HS State Runner-up), Terry Long (HS State Runner-up from Bessemer, AL) and Derrick Lucas (Alabama HS State Runner-up), and Mark Massay (Virginia HS State Runner-up). MMI’s next competition will come at the Lone Star Duals in Dallas, Texas