Saturday, February 3, 2018

Four moving on in Stride Cup Tournament

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
Last month, the opening round of the Stride Cup Tournament started. Eight competitors took part in the inaugural event. Ace Hawkins, Jose Magnifico, JD Wilk and a mystery man have all advanced. This evening (Feb. 3) they'll compete in two different matches. Hawkins will clash with the masked man who appeared out of the darkness in January, while Magnifico battles Wilk. 

Ace Hawkins vs. Anoyomous
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
It's really hard to predict a winner in this situation. Three of these four men have been a big part of Stride in recent months and have shown they're among the best on the roster. The masked competitor (I've been given no information on his identity or even his name) was impressive in his debut, beating Shane Lauder in just over three seconds and carrying his foe back to the locker room. 

I don't think he'll have as easy of a night against Hawkins, who beat former Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion (and Legacy Champ) Heath Hatton to advance. Yes, I know Hatton had been attacked by the DR Party, but a victory is a victory. Hawkins is well-seasoned on the indy scene, holding the MWR Championship right now and competing for companies around the country and even parts of Europe. 

Wilk vs. Magnifico
Courtesy: Steve Belcher
Speaking of international experience, Magnifico is a product of Mexico... Missouri. He's the finest luchador from the Midwest, that's for sure. But he'll be in there with a hungry and more aggressive JD Wilk. I'm not sure what's up with JD's attitude lately, but something has changed in this young man's life. I'm not saying I dislike it, I think the new attitude has resulted in more prospects for the Poplar Bluff native. 

Find out who advances to the finals of the Stride Cup Tournament. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Gym on the campus of John A. Logan College in Carterville. 

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