Socastee’s Knipper named HS Academic All-American

As a state champion wrestler in his sophomore year, Socastee High’s Justin Knipper has already put up some impressive numbers on the wrestling mat.

Knipper also has put up some serious numbers in the classroom, earning him the distinction of High School Academic All-American by the National High School Coaches Association.

“Justin has done a wonderful job this season with his studies and athletic endeavors,” said Socastee wrestling coach Jeff Gibbins. “He is … an outstanding young man some how he has balanced it all and remained very humble.”

Knipper won the state championship in the 106-pound division with a 45-1 record, defeating the top three ranked wrestlers in the state at that weight en route to the title.

Knipper, who also runs cross country for the Braves and competes for the Tough Time Wrestling Team in the offseason, also finds time to hit the books. He has a career wrestling record of 56-3 and a GPA of 3.4.

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