Tyrone Junior High Wrestlers Qualify for States

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Reese Wood and Logan Rumberger

Two Tyrone junior high wrestlers are moving on to the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) State Championship Tournament in Johnstown this weekend.

Freshman Reese Wood and 8th grader Logan Rumberger will represent Tyrone at states.

I should be getting some good matches. I’m just going to wrestle my hardest and hopefully come out with success.”

— Reese Wood

Wood has been wrestling for nine years and Rumberger for eight.

In PJW Regionals, the top three wrestlers from the bracket move on to states. PJW breaks the state into 14 different sections where wrestlers compete against each other.

Wood secured his place at states after winning two matches at regionals, which took him into the finals.

He first wrestled Ethan Claycomb of Claysburg-Kimmel beating him with a pin in the second period.

He then wrestled Brody Long of Central Moutain and won with a 48-second pin in the first.

In the championship bout, Wood lost to Andrew McMonagle of Williamsburg to finish second overall.

While the loss on Wood was difficult, he remains hopeful going into States.

“I’ve been working a lot this year and I’m looking forward to this weekend,” said Wood, “I should be getting some good matches. I’m just going to wrestle my hardest and hopefully come out with success.”

This year, Wood went 11 and 1 during this year’s wrestling season dual meets. In addition to practicing at Tyrone, he goes to wrestling clubs 4M in West Branch and M2 in State College.

Wood fluctuated his weight throughout the season but decided on wrestling 140 pounds for PJW’s.

Rumberger’s journey on Saturday was similar to Wood.

Logan won his first match against Joeseph Bomberger from Juniata 7-0 and then won again against Camden Dodson from Chestnut Ridge 8-2.

He then made it to the championships where he wrestled Joshua Spontak from Forrest Hills. Rumberger lost to Spontak 4-0, but took second place at regionals.

Going to states has given me the opportunity to finally show how hard I’ve worked the whole season,”

— Logan Rumberger

This year Logan also went 11 and 1 during the school season and also attends 4M and M2. Rumberger wrestled at 82 pounds this year, proving to be a highly competitive weight class for his age group, but Rumberger is very optimistic about this weekend.

“Going to states has given me the opportunity to finally show how hard I’ve worked the whole season,” says Rumberger, “I’m excited to see how I do.”

This is both Wood and Rumberger’s first year moving onto states.

The boys are leaving this Friday to weigh in and will wrestle on Saturday.

Rumberger begins wrestling at 8 am and Wood’s division starts at 2. They are both looking forward to proving how much they have developed as wrestlers at States this year.