Grand Strand Hurricanes shine at national tourney

hurricanes-winThe Grand Strand Hurricanes Westling Club competed in the East Coast Nationals in Georgia over the weekend, bringing home some serious hardware and making a name for the local club on the national level.

Christian Coppola, a senior at Carolina Forest, went undefeated in the High School Division 132-pound class to become a National Champion and All-American. Coppola teched his way through his division, giving up only two points en route to a 16-0 record and the title.

Cameron Cherry, who competed in the Middle School Division 130 pounds, finished runner-up and earned All-American honors. He is also the MS Division 135 third-place finisher and All-American. His only losses on the day came to two Georgia State Champions.

PJ Wunderlich, also of Carolina Forest, is the HS Division 106 fourth-place finisher and earned All-American status. He saw some tough competition as his only losses came to a Georgia State Champion and Tennessee State Runner-up.

Noah Striton did not place but the freshman’s two losses came to a Georgia State Champion Senior and Captian of the Georgia National Team, and Georgia 2nd place State finisher and senior. Noah was right in his matches with both wrestlers to the very end and extremely competitive.

– Photo courtesy of Grand Strand Hurricanes

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