NCAA Wrestling Q&A: Wyoming wrestler Shane Woods of Tuttle goes 2-2 at tournament

Tuttle native and former two-time Oklahoma state wrestling champion Shane Woods chose a faraway college destination, but was back near his hometown for the biggest tournament of his life this week.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 21, 2014

photo - Wyoming's Shane Woods takes on Iowa's Nathan Burak in the 197 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Wyoming's Shane Woods takes on Iowa's Nathan Burak in the 197 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Tuttle native and former two-time Oklahoma state wrestling champion Shane Woods chose a faraway college destination, but was back near his hometown for the biggest tournament of his life this week.

Woods, now a Wyoming junior, went 2-2 over two days in the NCAA Wrestling Championships inside the Chesapeake Energy Arena. He qualified to nationals as a sophomore, but didn’t win any of his matches last year.

Woods spoke with The Oklahoman about returning home, wrestling in front of his friends and family and the thrill of competing in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s arena.

Q: You went far away for college, but get to come back close to home for nationals. How has this experience been?

A: It’s a dream come true. I’ve got quite a few family and friends here, all the way from Wyoming and all the way from Tuttle. It’s an exciting time. It’s like a 12-hour drive … I get to see my mom a bunch because she comes to a lot of my stuff, but I don’t hardly ever get to see other distant family and friends or wrestle in front of them, so it’s awesome to get to do that.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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