Athlete of the Season: Pair of wrestlers top winter list

nmbwrest-coppolaThe 2014 Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Winter Sports Season list is perhaps pound-for-pound the strongest in recent memory.

Topping the voting are a pair of wrestlers who barely hit triple digits on the scale – North Myrtle Beach 106-pounder Christian Coppola and Socastee 120-pounder Dylan Martin. Socastee teammate Quin Gammon at 113 pounds made it three lightweights among the top six vote-getters.

Coppola garnered more than 18,000 votes, edging fellow Class 3A qualifier Martin with more than 11,000 votes. The duo have had to put in some serious time on the mat to reach the top of their sport, and Martin overcame a bout with leukemia to reach the top level. Gammon, a female wrestler, also had to beat the odds to excel on the mat.

Basketball players rounded out the top five, with third-place Marci Chestnut of North Myrtle Beach, fourth-place Sierrah McCarthy of Socastee and fifth-place Soloman Cooper of Myrtle Beach. Cooper led the Seahawks to a No. 1 state ranking and the Class 3A Lower State championship game.

After Gammon at No. 6, more hoops standouts rounded out the top 10 – Nos. 7 and 8 Matthew Stanaland and Matt Lindsey of North Myrtle Beach, No. 9 Hannah Price of St. James and No. 10 Bernard Jones, who helped Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach to back-to-back SCISA A state titles. St. James wrestler Steven Deible completed the list.

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