Athlete of the Week: Coppola rules lower state wrestling

CCopollaIn the 106 pound weight class, North Myrtle Beach’s Christian Coppola rules the mat in Lower State wrestling.

With a record of 40-8 in that class, the Lower State Champion is just a sophomore, but true to Chief form, he comes in with a wealth of experience. Wrestling for the past 9 years, the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week spends 5 days a week working out in the gym and wrestling, year round.

This kind of time commitment requires guidance from an experienced mentor and Coppola has been lucky enough to be taken under the wings of two competent advisors.

Coppola trains year round with Don Sliker at the Takedown Wrestling School in Little River. “Christian has been training with us for over a year,” said Sliker. “He’s got an amazing work ethic and doesn’t know how to quit. He’s very dedicated to the sport and perfecting his craft.”

Coppola is coached during the school competition season by 1st year head coach Amos Collins. Collins is known to many as an accomplished local MMA fighter.

Spending the majority of the season in the 106 weight class, Coppola dabbled a bit in 113 class with expectations to compete for the State title again next year.

With a season that saw Coppola placing 1st in the Horry County Invitational, 1st in the Lower State Tournament, and 5th in the State, a year of training for Coppola could mean another wrestling title for the storied Chiefs program.

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