Socastee’s Nelson leaping to upstart Coker program

Coker College in nearby Hartsville is building a wrestling program from scratch, and the Cobras have found a key ingredient at Socastee High.

Mikel Nelson, the Braves’ 2013 Class 3A state champion in the 120-pound division, has signed to be a part of the upstart wrestling program.

“Mikel is pound-for-pound the best wrestler in South Carolina,” Coker coach Cy Wainwright said. “I am looking forward to seeing what he can bring to Coker both athletically and academically.”

Nelson transferred to Socastee from the Columbia area for his senior season and the change of scenery produced an amazing result – a 45-1 record and a state title.

Nelson will be asked to anchor a new program that may have to take its lumps before it becomes competitive with teams in its league. But the Cobras already have a cornerstone for the future.

“We will have a learning curve, like all first year programs do,” Wainwright said. “But I have a feeling that we are definitely going to put Coker wrestling on the map this season.”

Photo by Rancier Photography

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