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WWE’s Cena gives a shout out to Beaufort’s CJ Cummings

Beaufort's C.J. Cummings sits for a portrait at the Beaufort Middle School weight room on December 10, 2014. Cummings will travel to compete in the American Open. The 14-year-old this year set an American record for his 62-kg weight class. He now competes at 69 kg.
Beaufort's C.J. Cummings sits for a portrait at the Beaufort Middle School weight room on December 10, 2014. Cummings will travel to compete in the American Open. The 14-year-old this year set an American record for his 62-kg weight class. He now competes at 69 kg. THEOPHIL SYSLO

One strong man had some nice things to say about another on Twitter over the weekend.

World Wrestling Entertainment superstar John Cena gave a shout out to Beaufort’s C.J. Cummings on Saturday afternoon.

Cena wrote: “I rarely ask this but if you do have time, give @CJ__Cummings a follow. Gifted young man with an amazing journey ahead. USA Olympic hopeful”

Cummings is coming off a record-setting performance in mid-August at the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Dallas.

The 15-year-old dominated the 69-kilogram weight class, winning the snatch (131 kg or 288 pounds), clean and jerk (175 kg or 386 pounds) and overall (306 kg or 674 pounds) national championships in American- and world-record fashion.

Cummings is one of 14 American youths on the U.S. roster for the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth Pan American Championships to be held Sept. 15 through 20 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The event features elite youth-level competitors between the ages of 13 and 17 from nations across the Americas.

Cummings earned his roster spot based on combined rankings from the 2014 USA Weightlifting American Open last December in Washington, D.C., and the 2015 USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships held June 25-28 in Minneapolis.

Cumming’s Team Savannah teammates Michael H. Cohen (94kg) and William Cohen (69kg), are on the team, as well. Team Savannah’s Michael Cohen will work as men’s head coach.

The current Pan American youth champion at 62kg, Cummings set Pan American junior records earlier this year at the 2015 IWF Junior World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland.

After Cummings tweeted his thanks to Cena, the wrestler had more encouraging words for the young weightlifter.

“Keep up the great work!” Cena wrote. “You are a true inspiration.”

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