The Alabama Pre-season College Classic
Marion Military Institute in there short storied history under the leadership of the Hazewinkel brothers, is coming off the highs of a Southeastern Conference Championship campaign. Finishing there 2008/2009 season in the thick of the National Team standings. When the smoke had cleared and it was all said and done the Tigers of MMI posted Six 2009 Individual NCWA All-Americans. They (MMI) will take on one of the biggest dark-horses in the NCWA this upcoming season against Conference foe, Kennesaw State University. K-State, is returning junior standout and defending 2009,174 lbs. National Champion, Ross Cravens. Cravens, who has not lost a match in the past two years will be joined by four returning National Qualifiers to take on the Tigers. This looks to be the making of a early preseason southern style grudge match that could continue throughout the 2009/2010 season as both teams site sets on winning the Southeast Conference and National Collegiate Wrestling Titles.
The event is being organized by Coach Alex Tucker of Pell City High School. Tucker was a 1998 NCWA National Champion and (OW) from the University of Georgia, who later served as Head Wrestling Coach of the Fighting Owls of Kennesaw State University from 2006-2008 and now serves as a recruiter for MMI. Tucker says “this event is just the beginning of a push to grow the sport of wrestling in the state of Alabama and the southern part of the United States, just as the NCWA did for me so many years ago.”
* proceeds from this event will go to help less fortunate children that do not have the opportunity to compete in youth wrestling and training in Northeast Alabama.