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Wrestlers Wanted
Sep 28, 2018, 4:19 am

The Boys Wrestling Team is looking for more members of the Archbishop Wood Student body to join the team. Our program welcomes all comers - it doesn’t discriminate whether tall & lengthy or short & stout, weights from 90lbs to 300lb, experienced or never competed in any sport. We will train you.

We are currently meeting for preseason workouts. Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursday @ 3pm in the wrestling room (2nd floor, north side, next to STEM). Stop in and see what we’re about.

Wrestling is the best cross training for every other sport as it teaching body control, strength, healthy living, responsibility and accountability.  If you are currently playing a fall sport and are interested in joining, please reach out to Head Coach Chris Meister @ chris@elitetechniquetraining.com or Assistant Coach Kevin Reilly coachreilly_35@msn.com with any questions. We will see you once your fall season is over. 


Why You Should Wrestle?
Sep 28, 2018, 4:10 am

Why You  Should Wrestle?

Wrestling is a great sport because anybody can do it. In this sport, you wrestle people that are the same weight as you; size is not an issue as it may be in a sport like football or basketball.  The sport of wrestling also helps young people develop important qualities such as self esteem, sportsmanship, work ethic and leadership skills. Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport and teaches control, not violence.  Wrestling develops agility, balance, reflexes and strength in every major muscle group and can dramatically improve one's ability to perform in other sports.

Uncovering the Hidden Benefits of Wrestling 

No one on the planet does anything because they want to work hard.  People work hard to get the things that they really want.  If what the athlete desires is worth more than the effort they need to put in, then they'll jump through hoops to get it.  Let’s look at some of the hidden benefits of wrestling and see which ones you can identify with.


You'll never be in Better Shape in Your Life - A fully conditioned wrestler is the most anaerobically fit athlete of any sport.  With cat-like precision and explosive power, a wrestler executes a burst of energy every 6 to 10 seconds during a match.  Wrestlers look healthy, fit and muscular because of the way they train. You don't necessarily need separate workouts for cardio, strength, endurance and agility because you get all of that in a single wrestling practice. Wrestling training is training from the top down. Just one workout with multiple benefits.


Burn off more fat, in less time, and keep it off - It takes ten hours of aerobic activity to burn a pound of fat.  Not a very efficient way to lose weight.  But short, intense workouts and training in sports like wrestling and weightlifting will make you burn more calories in less time.  In addition, intense training increases your metabolism and calorie burn long after your workout is done. 


The Best Kept Secret in College Admissions - College admissions officers make their decisions based on how well you satisfy these two questions.  Can you do the work? and are you capable of the dedication needed to graduate?  That's what they must decide based on all the data in your application. The World's oldest sport is also an "individual" snapshot of your discipline and willingness to dedicate yourself to something over an extended period of time. The best part of wrestling's mystique for college admissions is that you don't have to be great; you just have to have wrestled.


The Best Non-Violent Self-Defense Training You'll Ever Get - You want to embarrass the next person that tries to bully you around, even if they're bigger and stronger than you? Then hit them with a blast double leg takedown and a power half, instead of getting into a boxing match.  You'll never worry about having to defend yourself again. The confidence of possessing self-defense skills is priceless.


Puts Mental Toughness & a Fearless, Confident Attitude in Your Life - Fear, confidence and attitude are all learned behaviors. If they weren't, then everybody would have the same personality.  You will discover that much of what you'll get out of the wrestling room, you can use in the boardroom, the classroom and the living room.  The type of skills that you'll need to bounce back from life's true tests: fear, failure and disappointment. Wrestling can help re-program your mind for these valuable tools by teaching you how to work through physical and mental pain and exhaustion, how to set goals and reach them and how to make failure your learning curve for success.









Chipotle Fundraiser
Oct 20, 2017, 2:24 pm

Come on out and join us for one last Feast prior to the start of the season.  Head over to Chipotle in Warminster, PA (corner of Street Rd. & Jacksonville Rd) from 4pm-8pm.  Mention Wood Wrestling when ordering and then eat some burittos! 





Congratulations Coach Dillon
Oct 20, 2017, 2:14 pm

Coach Dillon HOF poster 

A very special congratulations to Dillon Evans on being inducted into the Council Rock Hall of Fame! Coach Dillon will be honored at a dinner prior to the induction ceremony which will be at half time of the CR North vs CR South football game on Friday, October 27th. The game starts at 7:00pm.  Please congratulate Coach and learn from his example of hard work! 

Some of Dillon's Career Highlights:

2X NCWA National Champion - West Chester University
4X PIAA State Qualifier
4 X South East Regional Placer: Regional Champion (06); Region Runner Up (05); Region 3d (07); Region 4th (04)
2X District Champion (05, 06); 2X District Runner Up (04, 07)
4X Sectional Champion (04, 05, 06, 07)
3X All League – 1st Team
2004 CR South Rookie of the Year
2006 CR South Strength and Honor Award
Career Record 136-38
2007 Academic All American 

Freestyle Clinic, NHSCA's & All Catholic Banquet
Mar 30, 2017, 7:49 pm

The 2017 offseason is officially off to a great start!  Off season lifting has begun as well as Militia Wrestling Practice (Tues & Thurs 6:30-8pm @ ETC).  This past weekend, some of our guys took advantage and got some great freestlye coaching from the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center Athletes @ the USMC Leadership Academy Wrestling Clinic. (https://usmcsports.com/sports-locations/wrestling/)

And after a hard days work - We thought they deserved a trip over to a So.Philly treasure for some well earned cheesesteaks

USMC Leadership Academy Clinic

USMC / PRTC Freestyle Clinic. 3/25/17

Matt Palage working counter offense

(L) Matt Palage drilling counter offense with one of the coaches. (R) Zac St. Thomas going up top Feet to Back for 4pts.

Shot down the chow line at Geno's Steaks / (R) Zac St.Thomas, Max Shaffer, Tommy Hooven, Brian Kinkade, Matt Palage,Xavier Nathans-Dair, Sean Brill & Stevie Veneizale.


TJ England and Harry Green journeyed down to Virginia Beach to compete NHSCA National Tournament, one of the toughest HS tournaments in the country. Freshman T.J. England went 4-2 wrestling up @ 113 while Junior Harry Green went 2-2 up at 182lbs. check out the brackets here: http://arena.flowrestling.org/event/22da704b-0371-42d3-8c45-850fc7139862 


The 2017 All Catholic Banquet was this past Wednesday @ the FOP Lodge#5. This years banquet had the most ever in attendence as the PCL Alumni are coming back and supporting the next generation of PCL All Catholics.  Archbishop Wood was well represented with many current and alumni in attendance due in a large part to Alumni Jack Bateman ('77).  Jack was honored as 2017 recipient of the TRAVIS MANION CAREER ACHIVEMENT AWARD & the keynote speaker of the banquet. In addition - Jack recieved a citation of recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives presented by Rep. Thomas Murt ('78).  Alumni in attendance included John Long, Joe McCann, Coach Steve Peters, Jerry Perkins, Tom Murt, Greg Bedesem, Brian Sheehan,  Dan Bateman, Kevin Donahue and John Donahue, Coach Kevin Reilly & Coach Chris Meister.  

Below (L) Coach Kevin Reilly, John Long, Brian Sheehan, Coach Chris Meister, Jack Bateman, Greg Bedesem, Coach Ed Duffy, & Rep. Tom Murt


(R) AW 2017 All Catholics:

1st Team: Stephen Veneziale/120 & Alex Shaffer/126

2nd Team: Max Shaffer/113 & Matt Palage/145

Missing from photo: 2nd team Austin Gillick/152, Brett Yoos/138, TJ England/106 3rd Team: Harry Green/170 & Connor Bishop/220 & Honorable Mention Liam Jones/160.

Wood Wrestling repeats as District XII Tournament Team Champions
Feb 27, 2017, 8:55 pm

This past weekend, Wood Wrestling repeated as District 12 Tournament Champions.  The team racked up 194.5 team points outpacing 2nd place Father Judge by 30pts.  Five of our eight finalist won Individual Championships.  


Senior Alex Shaffer and Juniors Stephen Veneziale & Harry Green each took home their second District Title while So. Connor "Sugarbear" Bishop & Fr. T.J. England each won exciting matches to earn their 1st Championship.  Sr. Austin Gillick and Juniors Matt Palage and Max Shaffer were runners up while Sr. Brett Yoos fought through a tough bracket to earn 3rd place. 


These nine will advance to the NE Regional Tournament up in "the Valley" with a trip to Hershey on the line.  Wrestlers take the mats on both Friday and Saturday so swing up to Bethlehem Liberty High School to watch some of the best wrestling in the State and cheer on our guys!

2017 PCL Tournament Champions
Feb 26, 2017, 12:57 am

Wood Wrestling won the PCL Individual Tournament.  The team won by 3 points in an exciting tournament that came down to the final match of the day to decide the winner. The team has qualified 11 of 13 wrestlers to next weekends District 12 Tournament.  Winning 1st team All-Catholic were 120lb. Stephen Veneziale and 126lb. Alex Shaffer who both won by fall in their finals match. Wood now has 90 Individual Titles. See our list of Champions here: http://www.woodwrestling.com/index.php?p=coachscorner

Wrestlers earning 2nd team All Catholic include 106lb TJ England, 113, Max Shaffer, 138lb Brett Yoos, 145lb Matt Palage, & 152 Austin Gillick.  160lb Liam Jones (4th), 170lb Harry Green (3rd) & 220lb Connor Bishop (3rd) came back to earn Honorable Mention All Catholic.

This is the 2nd year in a row the Vikings have taken home the PCL Individual Tournament Team Title and the 9th overall. 


Next up for the Team will be the District 12 Championship Tournament this Sat. Feb.25th @ Abraham Lincoln HS.  The action starts @ 9:30am. Come out and support the hardest working team @ Wood.

2017 Kurt Meister Invitational & PCL Playoffs
Jan 26, 2017, 8:17 pm

The Wrestling Team has been having a good year so far.  As a team, we've took 1st place @ both the Ralph Wetzel Holiday Tournament over Christmas & our own Kurt Meister Invitational Tournament (KMIT) last weekend. We had 10/14 wrestlers reach the finals with 5 of them winning Championships.  Senior 126lb Alex Shaffer (23-7), who joined the 100 win club earlier this season & Jr. 120lb. Stephen Veneziale (22-6) both won their 3rd KMIT Championship. Also taking home gold were Sr. Brett Yoos (20-8) @138lb., Jr. Harry Green (27-2) @ 170lb & Fr. TJ England @ 106lbs (29-0) won the Outstanding wrestler award.

 Wood Wrestlers and Coaches throwing up "W's" in celebration and in the win column after taking 1st place in the Kurt Meister Tournament.

This past Wednesday @ Hatboro-Horsham HS, Wood hosted Roman Catholic in the PCL Semifinal match. dominating Roman 49-19. Next up for the wrestling team will be the PCL Championship Match on Tues. 1/31 7pm @ Father Judge (3301 Solly Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136) We could use a large cheering section in black & gold. Find more information join us on Facebook @ Archbishop Wood Wrestling or follow us on Twitter @wood_wrestling



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