Four Woodward Academy Wrestlers Capture State Titles

The Woodward Academy wrestling team, fresh off their 4th place Team AAAAA State Dual finish, recently competed in the AAAAA State Traditional Championships.

Woodward wrestling was well represented at the AAAAA State Traditional Championships with a wrestler in each weight class (14 total) qualifying for the state tournament. Representing the War Eagles were:

Colby McBride – 106
Tristen Hill – 113
Michael Rinker – 120
Noah Song – 126
Connor Phillips – 132
Ryan Seeb – 138
Michael Kilic – 145
Ian Wallace – 152
Ayden Lightner – 160
Gunner Filipowicz – 170
Matthew Singleton – 182
Ben Valdes – 195
Jaylin Tate – 220
Robert Joseph – 285

The War Eagles would have four wrestlers advance all the way to the State Championship match and three others qualify for the medal round. Sophomore Jaylin Tate captured 5th place in the 220-pound weight class, as did junior Tristen Hill in the 113-pound weight class. Junior Ben Valdes lost in the championship semifinals but scored a 9-7 win in the consolation finals to capture 3rd place at 195 pounds. Junior Colby McBride captured his first individual state title at 106 pounds with a 11-8 win in his championship match. Junior Michael Kilic cruised through the tournament at a 145 pounds pinning every one of his challengers on his way to his 3rd individual state title. Junior Gunner Filipowicz also won every match by fall including a pin in the 1st period of the 170-pound championship match to capture his 1st state title. Junior Matthew Singleton showed his nationally ranked talents by advancing to the finals at 182 pounds and winning by technical fall (15-0) to capture his 3rd state championship. Both Kilic and Singleton will return next season with a chance to become just the 4th and 5th individuals in the storied history of Woodward Academy wrestling to win four individual state championships.

The War Eagles concluded the tournament with a 3rd place overall team finish. The team returns all four individual champions as well as 12 of the 14 state qualifiers making the War Eagles a top program again for 2021-22.