Athlete of Week: Practice makes perfect for Coppola

cfwrestle-ccoppolaaowTwo months into Carolina Forest wrestler Christian Coppola’s senior season and the 132-pounder has yet to lose a match. But  his 30-0 record and No. 4 state ranking are just two of the reasons he was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week.

“I’ve spent the last year training three or four times a day,” said Coppola, clarifying that he indeed meant to say “day” instead of “week” about his workout routine. “I wasn’t thinking about going undefeated. My goal has always been to win a state championship and this is my last chance. I still have a long way to go.”

Almost as impressive as Coppola’s performance on the mat is the work he has put into training during the offseason, and the teamwork he has helped inspire in the troubled Panthers’ program. He transferred from North Myrtle Beach as a junior after Carolina Forest had been through a series of coaching changes and a scandal that threatened future success.

But, with help of a few dedicated teammates who have helped keep the team together, Coppola and the Panthers have thrived this season. The Panthers are in position to end a recent drought of Region 6-4A titles, and Coppola is on pace to reach his ultimate goal of winning an individual state championship. He credits a simple recipe of hard work and team work.

“Over the past season I feel like everyone on the team has improved a lot,” said Coppola, citing the team’s offseason involvement in the Grand Strand Wrestling Club for the free, year-round training. “Everyone has been putting in the work and has a good attitude. Everyone is working hard together and that’s what teamwork is all about.”

With the season winding down, Coppola is keeping his focus on the match at hand to help him and his team win their respective titles. The Panthers can wrap up the region title in next week’s quad before the postseason gets under way. Coppola will then try to qualify for his third straight state tournament, and he hopes the third time is a charm.

“The first time I was real nervous because it was new to me, but this time it will feel like another match,” Coppola said. “I know I’ve worked hard and done all I can do, so I just want to do my best to win a state title, or at least place in the top three, and then start looking at places to wrestle in college.”

Coppola is proud of his perfect record, but he knows the most important thing is to finish the season on a winning streak.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

Comments

comments

NMB girls win region title; MB boys finish runner-up

NMB girls win region title; MB boys finish runner-upThe North Myrtle Beach High girls cross country team won [more]

Golf: CF, SJ qualify in 5A; MB, NMB finish 2-3 in 4A

Golf: CF, SJ qualify in 5A; MB, NMB finish 2-3 in 4AThe St. James girls golf team was runner-up at Monday's [more]

Volleyball: Chiefs, Panthers take broom to region rivals

Volleyball: Chiefs, Panthers take broom to region rivalsThe North Myrtle Beach volleyball team continued its unbeaten run [more]

CF's Runyon makes home run to coach alma mater

CF's Runyon makes home run to coach alma materFormer Carolina Forest High and University of Alabama softball standout [more]

Tennis: Seahawks start long week with win over Wilson

Tennis: Seahawks start long week with win over WilsonThe Myrtle Beach girls tennis team breezed through another region [more]

CCU baseball at Clemson, hosts UNCW in fall season

CCU baseball at Clemson, hosts UNCW in fall seasonWith fall practice in full swing, Coastal Carolina baseball head [more]

Coast FA boys teams earn Charleston Shootout titles

Coast FA boys teams earn Charleston Shootout titlesThree Coast FA boys select teams returned home with hardware [more]

Chants suffer Sun Belt loss to Warhawks on home turf

Chants suffer Sun Belt loss to Warhawks on home turfCoastal Carolina fell behind early and played from behind for [more]

Week 8 Roundup: Wilson wins 100th; Tigers prevail

Week 8 Roundup: Wilson wins 100th; Tigers prevailMyrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson's teams are known for [more]

Panthers stroll past Sharks, set up key 6-5A showdown

Panthers stroll past Sharks, set up key 6-5A showdownCarolina Forest is typically pretty reserved when it comes to [more]

No. 6 Chiefs bounce back in a big way to fly past Falcons

No. 6 Chiefs bounce back in a big way to fly past FalconsNorth Myrtle Beach bounced back from last week's loss in [more]

Knights roll past Braves in battle of haves, have-nots

Knights roll past Braves in battle of haves, have-notsThe haves and the have-nots became obvious in the first [more]

CF boys, NMB girls claim Horry County XC crowns

CF boys, NMB girls claim Horry County XC crownsThe North Myrtle Beach girls and the Carolina Forest boys [more]

Week 8 Previews & Picks: MB's Wilson goes for 100

Week 8 Previews & Picks: MB's Wilson goes for 100There has been some confusion over exactly when and where [more]

Football rivals team up to stay sharp, help neighbors

Football rivals team up to stay sharp, help neighborsFacing weeks of canceled practices and games, Mason Garcia knew [more]

Volleyball: Chiefs continue run through region lineup

Volleyball: Chiefs continue run through region lineupThe North Myrtle Beach volleyball team continued its unblemished region [more]

MB girls win region crown; four locals make all-region

MB girls win region crown; four locals make all-regionThe Myrtle Beach High girls golf team won the Region [more]

Knights knock off Sharks following monthlong wait

Knights knock off Sharks following monthlong wait The last time Tommy Norwood spoke after one of his [more]

Golf: Sharks top Panthers; Knaffle, Gray co-medalists

Golf: Sharks top Panthers; Knaffle, Gray co-medalistsThe three-time state champion St. James girls golf team captured [more]

Conway hires familiar face to lead Lady Tigers' hoops

Conway hires familiar face to lead Lady Tigers' hoopsConway High School has chosen a familiar face to direct [more]

BUFC hosts overcome lost time to shine at Shootout

BUFC hosts overcome lost time to shine at ShootoutDespite missing out on several practice sessions due to Hurricane [more]

Seahawks don't miss beat in shutout over Darlington

Seahawks don't miss beat in shutout over DarlingtonNo practices, no games, no problem. Playing for the first time [more]

Undefeated Panthers blast past Bruins in 6-5A debut

Undefeated Panthers blast past Bruins in 6-5A debutA month without football games didn’t slow down Carolina Forest. The [more]

No. 5 Chiefs tripped up by Tigers in season's first loss

No. 5 Chiefs tripped up by Tigers in season's first lossThe North Myrtle Beach High football team has been flirting [more]

Conway upends Socastee in final minute for first win

Conway upends Socastee in final minute for first winThe Conway High football team had to wait until October [more]

NMB girls win region title; MB boys finish runner-up

NMB girls win region title; MB boys finish runner-upThe North Myrtle Beach High girls cross country team won [more]

Golf: CF, SJ qualify in 5A; MB, NMB finish 2-3 in 4A

Golf: CF, SJ qualify in 5A; MB, NMB finish 2-3 in 4AThe St. James girls golf team was runner-up at Monday's [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach