Buffalo Gap wrestler brings home state championship

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SWOOPE, Va. (WHSV) — A Buffalo Gap wrestler is now an undefeated state champion.

Cullen Bendel competed in the Class 2, 138-pound division in Salem on Saturday. Now, he has some new hardware to show for it.

His coaches say they knew nothing could stop him, after watching Cullen fight through a broken nose and still win the district tournament.

"That's the kind of kid he is," said wrestling head coach Josh Talbott. "He's just tough, and you don't find that very often."

"He'll run through a brick wall if we ask him to," said assistant wrestling coach A.J. Dobzeniecki.

"Josh had us write down our goals before the season, and I wrote down 'district champ, region champ, state champ'. I wanted to write 'undefeated', but I felt like I'd be getting ahead of myself, so overall that was my initial goal," said Cullen.

Cullen was the only winner of 10 Valley students who competed in this years' championship. He ended his season at 44-0.