HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Dirty Peach Mud Run, a benefit for the United Way Foundation, took place on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Gaffney, S.C. More than 60 competitors attended the event; among them were three members of Coker College's wrestling program. Freshmen Gavin Perkins and Kevin Thompson II competed as individuals, while assistant coach Jeremy Bommarito participated on a four-man team.
"This was a great experience for our young wrestlers," said Bommarito. "The Mud Run is a grueling event that challenges you physically and mentally. To see our guys perform at such a high level and represent Coker wrestling was awesome."
Perkins, who hails from Summerville, S.C., won the individual side of the event with a time of 22.46. Thompson, a native of Social Circle, Ga., followed with an individual time of 23.00. Bommarito's team finished in first with a time of 24.47.
The event consisted of more than 20 obstacles on a 5K course. Obstacles included balance beams, 20-to-25-foot hills to climb with ropes, a rope bridge and a tire run-through.
Perkins and Thompson are part of the first-ever class of Coker wrestling. The program has its first tournament Nov. 2 at the Citadel Open in Charleston, S.C.
Release written by marketing and communications intern Jendelle Vincent '15