Tyrone Freshman Takes Second at Trojan Wars Tournament

Freshman Reese Wood finished second out of thirty wrestlers at the Junior High Trojan Wars Tournament for his weight division (145 lbs.) on December 27th and 28th in Chambersburg.

I was extremely proud of how Reese wrestled…he gave 100% every match and it really showed how much potential he has this year and years to come”

— Coach Walk

Wood has been wrestling for 8 years and has competed in the Trojan Wars tournament for the past several years. While he had been successful in years prior this tournament marked the first time he had made it into the championship round. 

Wood’s first match was against Chambersburg’s, Nick Swartz. Despite being known for their talented wrestling team, Wood managed to pin Swartz in 37 seconds, moving him onto the next round.

In the second round of the tournament, Wood was matched against Waynesboro’s, Montel Pettyway. Pettyway proved to be more of a challenge than the previous match, but was still pinned by Wood in just 52 seconds. Wood carried the momentum into the next match, pinning Allison from Warrior’s Run in one minute flat.

The fourth match proved to be a challenge for Wood as he was up against Bioling Springs, Ean Wilson. This match was essential in order for Wood to make it to the championship round. The match was a long one, but Wood managed to come out on top, winning 10-7. 

In the final round Wood was up against Bangor’s Joe Lapenna. Lapenna is one of the best wrestlers in the area and was seeded high in the tournament. The match was a long one but despite Wood’s best efforts Lapenna won the match 8-2. 

Wood finished second out of 30 wrestlers in his weight division. Wood’s performance in the tournament was impressive to say the least. Wood is the only Tyrone wrestler to make it to the championship round in the tournament. 

“I was extremely proud of how Reese wrestled…he gave 100% every match and it really showed how much potential he has this year and years to come,” says Junior High wrestling coach Buddy Walk.

Despite an already successful season, Wood still hopes to accomplish more. He has goals to make it to the state tournament and place in the top 8 for his weight division.