Pinewood Prep adds wrestling program

  • Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pinewood Head of School Steve Mandell and AD Nancy Beatty welcome Ben Cheatham (middle) to the school. Cheatham has been hired as the school’s first wrestling coach.

Pinewood Preparatory School has announced it is adding wrestling to its athletic program starting Oct. 29.
“It has been a long time coming, something that has been talked about as a school for a long time,” said Steve Mandell, Pinewood’s Head of School and assistant coach.
Head Coach Ben Cheatham is passionate about the sport and excited to be a part of the addition of the program.
"There is no other sport, on a high school level, that requires the demand that wrestling does,” Cheatham said. “Wrestling is not only a test of mental and physical strength, but sets the foundation for mental fortitude.”
Cheatham wrestled throughout his high school years in Indiana and Pennsylvania, and was the assistant wrestling coach at Summerville High School for three years.  He ran The Summerville Take Down Club, a feeder program for young wrestlers, for 14 years.
Wrestling in the S.C. Independent School Association is growing and Pinewood will be competing against other SCISA schools as well as against some B teams from some of the local area public schools.
“We hope to participate in about 10 dual meets and will look to have two home meets on our schedule for our first season,” Mandell said.

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