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Rummel Wrestler Tony Wood Named Athlete of the Month

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Archbishop Rummel senior wrestler Tony Wood has been named the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for February, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced on Tuesday.

Wood completed an amazing three-year run by winning his third consecutive individual state championship at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championship at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner on Feb. 13-14. He won the 152-pound title, beating Zachary Saucier of Comeaux, 3-1, in the only battle of defending state champions. In 2008, Saucier had won the 145-pound title, while Wood claimed the 140-pound title.

Wood's previous two titles came in the 140-pound division as he claimed the title as a sophomore and junior before entering the 152-pound division this year and becoming only the second wrestler in Raider history to win three state titles. He did not lose a single match in Louisiana in either his junior or senior seasons.

Archbishop Rummel finished second in the large school division in team competition behind Jesuit, matching the highest finish in Rummel history in the state wrestling tournament.

Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee.


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