2014 NHSCA Duals Boast Largest Turn Our
Friday, June 20, 2014
Posted by: Mattie Potter
A record breaking 251 teams entered the 15th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Duals at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The four-day event, also known as “The Battle at the Beach”, is presented by the National High School Coaches Association. The Memorial Day Weekend event kicked off Friday May 23rd and concluded Monday, May 26th.
The 251 teams entered in the three championship divisions shatters last year’s record 187 teams. There were over 3,000 wrestlers competing in 2013. This year, a record 4,300 wrestlers occupied the 44 mats at the National Duals. The three divisions are – High School (Grades 9-12) featuring 90 teams, Middle School (Grades 6-8) with 54 teams and Elementary (Grades 4-6) highlighting 44 teams. The NHSCA National Wrestling Duals is the largest dual-meet team event in scholastic wrestling, which features elite teams and wrestlers from over 15 states. The NHSCA National Duals has been the largest wrestling dual meet competition in the country for the past 5 years.
For the second year in row, Young Guns Black claimed the elusive High School championship. Young Guns hails from the hotbed of wrestling in western Pennsylvania. Leading the way is #2 Jason Nolf (152) , #2 Michael Kemerer (138), and #3 Zack Zavatsky (195).
Young Guns Black defeated Team Griffin Select 36-15 in the championship match Monday afternoon. Team Griffin Select is an all-star team of wrestlers from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, and Missouri. Team Griffin was led by #2 Luke Pletcher (126), #8 Myles Amine (145), and #8 Sammy Krivus (132). To round out the top 5 spots, Shore Thing Surf took third place, followed by Michigan Addix Bad Boys in fourth place and Renegade Elite Blue in fifth in the talent packed High School division.
The Middle School Division championship went to Mile High Storm from Colorado, which defeated NJ Scorpions 1 41-25 in the championship match. Both teams entered the match with perfect 9-0 records during the National Duals. Mile High Storm only allowed a total of 47 team points in ten duals wrestled over three days. The team scored a team record 701 points, which set a NHSCA National Duals team scoring record. Young Guns Blue took third in the Middle School Division, with Illinois Outsiders taking fourth and Bison Legend Orange finishing fifth in the 71-team field.
Illinois Menace captured the Elementary School Division by defeating Ohio Titans 36-24 in the finals. The reigning 2013 Elementary champions, the NJ Scorpions finished third in the division. Young Guns White finished in fourth while Team Greco Red finished in fifth place.
Many of the nation’s elite nationally ranked wrestlers including: Pitt Bull’s Gold #1 at 106 Yianni Diakomihalis, #2 at 145 Vincenzo Joseph; Young Guns Black’s #2 at 138 Michael Kemerer, #2 at 152 Jason Nolf, #3 at 195 Zack Zavatsky; Diesel’s back to back duo, #3 TC Warner at 160 and #2 Garrett Peppleman at 170; Junkyard Dog’s Ethan Lizak ranked #6 at 120; Renegade Elite’s #2 Thomas Haines at 285, #7 Zeke Moisey at 126; Quest School of Wrestling’s #3 at 145 Solomon Chisko, #4 Dalton Macri; Team Griffin Select’s #2 Luke Pletcher at 126, Myles Amine #8 at 145, #8 Sammy Krivus at 132; and last but not least Prestige Worldwide’s 3x NHSCA High School National Champion and ranked 10th, Neal Richards.