Junior Wrestler Wins National Title, Makes Academy History
Junior wrestler Matthew Singleton won the United World Wrestling (UWW) Junior National Greco-Roman title in Coralville, Iowa, last weekend to secure a seat on the USA world wrestling team.
Singleton won his second NHSCA national title in Virginia Beach earlier this spring. After many grueling matches against top college athletes from around the country, Singleton clinched the title at 74 KG by defeating the reigning Greco National Champion and returning world team member in a best of three series. Singleton swept the series with wins of 8-6 and 9-0.
Singleton also went up a weight class and entered the UWW junior freestyle nationals at 79 KG and earned a spot on the podium as an All-American, falling to a returning top nationally ranked NCAA qualifier from Arizona state.
This win represents the first of its kind in Woodward Academy athletic history, along with the first in the state of Georgia in more than 30 years. Singleton, currently ranked the No. 1 junior wrestler in the country at 170 pounds, will represent the United States and compete in the World Championship in Russia this summer.
Singleton’s coach, Jeff Ragan, a former Oklahoma State wrestler, made the USA freestyle world team during his college career.
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