Cobra Spotlight- Shane Carpenter & Mikel Nelson, Wrestling

The "Cobra Spotlight" is a weekly highlight of a student-athlete at Coker College. Each week we take a different athlete from a different sport and display some facets to get more familiar with them. This week we take a look at Shane Carpenter and Mikel Nelson, members of the wrestling team.

Name: Shane Carpenter

Sport: Wrestling

Position: 184 lbs.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Year: Freshman

Major: Undecided

Why did you choose Coker? I chose Coker because of the small campus atmosphere, and I wanted to be one of the first-ever members of the Coker wrestling team. Not to mention the quality food.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? Winning my first collegiate wrestling match would be my best memory so far.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? Making close friends has been pretty cool.

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? Men’s lacrosse

Favorite class: Abnormal Psychology

Favorite professor: Dr. Jill Banks

Plans after graduation: I would like to go into a field I enjoy and make money and live my dream.

Favorite movie: 300

Favorite type of music: Rap/country

Favorite food: Fatty kinds

Favorite sports team: Steelers

Favorite color: Red

Favorite TV show: The Walking Dead

Most prized possession: My high school state championship ring.

What is something people may not know about you? I am very nice even though I come off as blunt and rude.

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? My nickname is Thad. It comes from the character Thad Castle from the show Blue Mountain State and it’s because I like to have a good time.

One word that describes you: Real

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Name: Mikel Nelson

Sport: Wrestling

Position: 125 lbs.

Hometown: Otlanta, SC

Year: Freshman

Major: Physical education and sport studies, with a concentration in physical fitness programing.

Why did you choose Coker? I chose Coker because of my recruiting visit. I really liked the campus and the coaches were very nice.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? I would have to say getting to know my teammates.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? The Christmas party we had would be the best non-athletic memory. The gifts that were given were pretty funny.

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? Men’s cross country

Favorite class: Motor learning and development

Favorite professor: Dr. McCracken

Plans after graduation: I would like to put my degree to use and open up my own gym.

Favorite movie: Rocky

Favorite type of music: Rap and R&B

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite sports team: Los Angeles Lakers

Favorite color: Green and white

Favorite TV show: Martin

Most prized possession: My high school state championship rings

What is something people may not know about you? I started wrestling in the ninth grade

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? Big Mike, because I have a little brother named Mike and I’m older. Therefore, I am Big Mike.

One word that describes you: Tough

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