Three local wrestlers come out on top at NMB Duals

nmbwrestle-dualsThree Grand Strand area wrestlers went undefeated to win their respective weight classes at the North Myrtle Beach Duals over the weekend.

Carolina Forest’s Ritchie Kreischer and Christian Coppola went a perfect 9-0 in their matches to capture the 195-pound and 132-pound titles. Kreischer also represented the Panthers as the Most Outstanding Wrestler of his weight class.

St. James also had a wrestler go undefeated and claim MOW honors as Michael Mewhorter posted a perfect 9-0 record in the 152-pound weight division. He also led the Sharks to a fourth-place finish.

The big season-opening local tournament featured 27 teams from the Carolinas and Virginia competing in the two-day event. Kellum (VA) won the overall team title, followed by Ashley Ridge and Beaufort. Wando rounded out the top five.

Tournament host North Myrtle Beach finished sixth, posting wins over Aynor, Lake City, Swansea, Berkeley, Topsail (NC) and Chilhowie (NC). The Chiefs’ lone losses came to top-five finishers Ashley Ridge, Beaufort and Wando.

St James beat Gilbert 48-30, Loris 63-18, Myrtle Beach 51-30, Blufton 48-30, North Myrtle Beach (JV) 61-18, Wando 50-27, and Carolina Forest 39-30. The Sharks lost Kellam (VA) 57-22 and Beaufort 51-24.

Carolina Forest defeated Gilbert 50-24, Chilhowie (NC) 61-18, Myrtle Beach 42-30, North Myrtle Beach (JV) 57-15, Bluffton 35-30, and Loris 57-24. The Panthers suffered a pair of close losses to Wando 39-35 and St. James 33-30, but were handled by eventual champion Kellum (VA) 61-11.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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