UTC freshman Alex Ward eager for SoCon meet

photo UTC wrestler Alex Ward, a former high school wrestler for McCallie, stands in the wrestling practice room at McKenzie Arena. Ward will be wrestling for the Mocs in the Southern Conference tournament Saturday in Lexington, Va.

The goose bumps are running up and down Alex Ward's spine. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman sets them off every time he thinks about the coming weekend.

He is set to wrestle in the Southern Conference tournament Saturday in Lexington, Va., the victorious survivor of a season-long, up-and-down and touch-and-go battle with fellow 133-pounder Marvin Lopez.

"He was killing me in practice all last week. My hopes of being the starter looked like they'd been flushed down the drain," said Ward, a two-time state champion and four-time state medalist for McCallie.