The Woodward wrestling team continued to make huge strides this season towards becoming one of the top wrestling programs in Georgia.
In addition to having a very respectable 29-6 dual meet record this season, the team qualified for the State Dual Championships in Macon, finishing in the top 5 in AAAA. After a successful state tournament, the team focused on the area traditional tournament. The Woodward wrestling team not only had all 14 wrestlers place in this year’s area tournament, but also had all 14 become sectional qualifiers. At the state sectional tournament, the Woodward wrestling team advanced seven wrestlers to the State Championships, with two qualifying as alternates. Three Woodward wrestlers fought their way to the podium at the State Championships. Sophomore Malcolm Wiley placed 4th, senior Tucker Witmer placed 3rd, and freshman Nick Masters pinned his way to his first state title to help the team secure a top 10 overall finish.
With such a great showing this season and a huge crop of quality young wrestlers returning, things are looking bright for the Woodward wrestling team.
2016 – 2017 Woodward Academy Wrestling Team
|Jackson Baker||Jack Lewis|
|Michael Berkey||Seth Lewis|
|Will Berkey||Griffin Long|
|Josh Brown||Nick Masters|
|Alex Burgess||Sam Mattingly|
|Josh Burgess||Cornell McBride|
|Dany Chamseddine||Max Meyer|
|Jack Couch||Terry Myrick|
|Ezekiel Davis||Hayes Ogletree|
|Michael DuBose||McCoy Pace|
|Robert DuPre||Zander Page|
|Charlie Hatcher||Arun Rama-Krishnan|
|Michael Hehir||Will Roberts|
|Wesley Horton||Josh Seeb*|
|Cecil Houston||Brandon Smith|
|Bradley Snipes||Malachi Wiley|
|Chase Stringer||Malcolm Wiley|
|Kimani Vidal||Tucker Witmer*|
|Carter Welsh||Nick Wright|
Prior to arriving at Woodward, Jeff Ragan served as the associate head wrestling coach at The Citadel for 14 seasons, helping send 32 Bulldog grapplers, including four All-Americans, to the NCAA Championships. Ragan also helped coach the Bulldogs to a Southern Conference Championship in 2004 and a top 20 NCAA finish in 2013—all while mentoring 15 Academic All-Americans and multiple top 20 All-Academic teams. During his off-seasons, he has coached wrestlers and fellow coaches in the freestyle and Greco-Roman styles to All-American honors and even the 2012 Olympic Games.
A former adjunct professor of mathematics, Ragan received a Masters of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from The Citadel and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, where he was a four-year wrestling letterman with more than 100 career wins and a member of three Big XII Conference championship teams. As a senior, Ragan earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships, received the honor of Oklahoma State Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Year, and joined the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Academic All-American team. Ragan also is a four-time freestyle All-American, FILA national champion, and FILA world team member and placer.
|Garnet Brown||Maddie Polk|
|Katie Pressgrove||Lauren Stoecke|
|Cricket Pastor||Alexia Cainion|
|Zoe Shepard||Camryn Graham|
|Emily Blank||Madison Oberkfell|
|Addie Driggers||Isabella Nardone|
|Abby Henderson||Tate Pilch|
|Julia Phillips||Ellie Ptacek|