Franklin Youth Wrestlers Worthy Contenders in PA Tournament
Pictured is John Woodall after winning his Powerade Nationals semi-finals match, 1-0.
On December 28, 2023, Franklin youth wrestlers Jackson Mahoney (5th grade) and John Woodall (8th grade) traveled with their coach, Frank Mahoney, to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to wrestle at the prestigious “Powerade Nationals,” one of the hardest tournaments in the country.
Jackson Mahoney was placed in a 64-man bracket. He won his first match by a score of 15-0, before being knocked out of the tournament by the eventual 3rd placer from Ohio.
John Woodall won all of his first four matches to earn a spot in the finals match, including a 1-to-0 win in the semi-finals with a tough opponent. Although John fell short in the finals, he earned second place at the prestigious tournament, a first for any Franklin wrestler.