By R. Alan Richardson
Former wrestler at MCHS, Jody McAlister, was named to the All-American team after his seventh place finish at the NAIA Nationals in Wichita, Kansas. The sophomore received the accolade by finishing in the top eight of his weight class at 141 pounds. Coach Jeff Bedard, Reinhardt University’s head wrestling coach said, “He’s a workhorse. That work ethic paid off this weekend for him. It all starts from within. He’s coachable and wants to be great. His partners help to make him great. The young program placed third overall at the National Championships and placed six others on the All-Americans list.
Bedard continued by saying, “This is only our fourth year in existence as a wrestling program. Jody has been part of that. He’s a great kid, a great student, and real mature for his age. This was a great accomplishment for him. Hopefully, he can become a National Champion. If he puts in the work and wrestles well at the right time, he could definitely do it.”
Morgan County’s wrestling coach Carter Shultz also had high praise for McAlister as well. “In the 14 years I’ve been around wrestling, Jody is one of the hardest working people I’ve had the opportunity to see. He’s a great, respectful kid, but on the mat he’s a wolf. He’s doesn’t back away from a challenge. It was an honor to help coach him and I couldn’t be more pleased of his accomplishment. I’m excited to watch what he can do with his next two years of eligibility.”
Former Morgan County High School wrestling Coach John Robbins (now at Valdosta High School) added these remarks, “I’m overcome with happiness for Jody. Everyone who has ever wrestled in college has dreamed of becoming an All-American, but so few actually accomplish it. I don’t think people outside the sport understand how hard of a feat this actually is, as there is such a small margin of error at the collegiate National Championships. Anyone who has ever spent a significant amount of time around Jody will tell you that what a tremendous young man he is. As an honor graduate of MCHS, he was a huge part of our success on the wrestling mat and the football field.”