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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



2016 Athletic and Activities Preview
Sep 16, 2016, 4:11 pm

Come out, meet us and learn how Archbishop Wood can help you!


2016 Archbishop Wood Wrestling Golf Outing
Aug 2, 2016, 12:12 pm

Please come out and help support the team 

To purchase tickets or sponsor us online: Click HERE!!


4 Wood Wrestlers named to Academic All State Team
May 2, 2016, 5:56 pm

Wood Wrestling - Training both Athletes and Academics.

Very proud of our wrestlers who are succeeding in the classroom as well as on the mat at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School. Congrats to the following Wood Wrestlers who have been named to the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association 2016 Academic All-State Team: 

1st Team 120lbs - Alex Shaffer,
2nd Team 132lbs - Brett Yoos,
Honorable Mention 138lbs - Austin Gillick &
Honorable Mention 106lbs - Max Shaffer.


April 2nd Beef and Beer
Mar 22, 2016, 8:54 pm

Come out and Join us

BEEF AND BEER - APRIL 2, 2016 -  Please RSVP if you are coming to woodwrestlingparents@gmail.com as we need a head count. Payments will be taken at the door the evening of the event. Table of 8 - $300 (RSVP Required). Cash/Check. Raffles / 50/50 / Beer Wall.  

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