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Marion Wrestlers Prepare for Southeastern Conference Tournament

02/25/2011 -

Marion, AL - The Marion Military Institute wrestlers will travel to Jacksonville, Florida this weekend to compete in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association's (NCWA) Southeastern Conference Tournament. Flagler Palm Coast High School will host the tournament, a qualifying event for the NCWA National Tournament. The address for the event is 5500 East Highway 100, Palm Coast, Florida 32164. Twenty-four schools are members of the SEC and besides MMI, include: Auburn University, University of Alabama, Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International University, Florida State University, Sante Fe Community College, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of West Florida, Columbus State University, Emory University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Tech, Gordon College, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, North Georgia College and State University, and the University of Georgia.

Three southeastern schools are curently ranked in the Top Ten of the NCWA Team Point Leaders. They are the University of Central Florida in 2nd place, Mercer University in 7th place and Marion Military Institute in 8th place. Fourteen MMI wrestlers have earned Top 30 rankings in their respective weight classes. They are: DeAnthony Smith (29th; 125-lb.), Xenepher Austin (8th; 133-lb.), Austin Souders (19th; 133-lb.), Trevor Bailey (3rd; 141-lb.), Brandon Westerman (7th; 141-lb.), Michael Giorgio (6th; 149-lb.), Josh McCoy (3rd; 157-lb.), Jayce Crowder (16th; 165-lb.), Marvin Lawrence, Jr. (29th; 165-lb.), Kevin Koch (28th; 174-lb.), Mark Howard (9th; 184-lb.), Joel Wyman (13th; 235-lb.), and Michael Mullen (15th; 285-lb.).