The wrestling team had a breakout season this year, capturing the state duals title for the first time in school history and also bringing home the traditional state title.
Although sweeping both of the state titles in one season was a Woodward wrestling first, the program did not stop breaking records there. After capturing their fourth area title in two seasons (both dual and traditional), Woodward sent all 14 wrestlers onto the sectional tourney. Of those 14, 10 wrestlers went on to the State Championships. Six of them advanced to the state finals and five of those wrestlers were crowned State Champions. Additionally, Woodward had three All-Americans at the National High School Coaching Association high school nationals. Nick Masters placed 4th, making him a three-time high school All-American. The wrestling team also had two national champions, in freshmen Michael Kilic and Matthew Singleton. Matthew also won Most Outstanding Wrestler at the event.
Although the wrestling program is excited about the continued success of its wrestlers both on the mats and in the classroom, they are more committed than ever to building a dynasty at Woodward Academy and helping more and more wrestlers have success both at Woodward and in their future endeavors. With half of the current starting varsity wrestlers nationally recognized or ranked by Wrestling USA Magazine (Nick Masters, Michael Kilic, Vincent Mannella, Matthew Singleton, McCoy Pace, Malachi Wiley, and Malcolm Wiley all listed in these rankings), we have no doubt we will see more Woodward wrestlers competing at the highest levels in college wrestling soon. Even if their future does not involve wrestling, we know these young men will be better prepared for the challenges ahead.
2018-19 Varsity Wrestling Roster
Alex Hudson, Assistant Coach, Varsity Wrestling
Anthony Rivera, Assistant Coach, Varsity Wrestling