Wrestling Captures Traditional State Title
Woodward Academy’s Wrestling squad had already completed the defense of their Dual State Championship capturing their 2nd Dual title earlier this season. Now the War Eagles turned their attention toward the Traditional format championships. First up, the Area Traditional tournament were the War Eagles cruised qualifying all 14 wrestlers for the AAAA State Sectionals. With the top eight wrestlers advancing from the Sectionals to the State Championships, Woodward Academy qualified 11 wrestlers at their sectional with 6 taking 1st place in their respective weight class.
At the AAAA State Traditional Championships, Woodward Academy continued to dominate the opposition. Woodward Academy put five wrestlers into the final day’s championship matches in addition to two in the consolation matches. Senior McCoy Pace captured 5th place at 152 pounds while sophomore Colby McBride took home a 3rd place finish at 106 pounds. Of the five wrestlers in championship matches, four would capture individual state titles. Senior Nick Masters became just the third wrestler in Woodward history to become a four-time state individual champion capturing the 132 pound title. Senior Vincent Mannella took home his third individual title winning the championship at 145 pounds while sophomores Michael Kilic and Matthew Singleton each captured their 2nd state titles at 138 and 160 pounds respectively. Rounding out the team scoring for the War Eagles was senior Malachi Wiley who finished as state runner-up at 170 pounds.
Woodward scored a total of 177 points in the team competition, 26 points better than 2nd place Gilmer County. Woodward has now captured a total of four state championships in two seasons, two state duel titles, and two state traditional titles!
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