2016 NHSCA National Duals finish with new top teams
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Posted by: Mattie Potter
After a record breaking year last year, the 17th Annual NHSCA National Duals has once again jumped to a whole new level this year. This year’s event showcased 324 star studded all-star/elite club teams, 19 more than last year, making this the largest dual meet tournament in the country. The three-day event known as the Battle at the Beach is brought to you by the National High School Coaches Association. Many of the nation’s top wrestlers competed again at this year’s event held in Virginia Beach, Virginia over Memorial Day Weekend. Over 5,000 wrestlers participated on 50 mats.
This event is a true showcase for college coaches. The three divisions are – High School (Grades 9-12) featuring 168 teams, Middle School (Grades 6-8) with 84 teams and Elementary (Grades 4-6) highlighting 72 teams. The NHSCA National Wrestling Duals featured elite teams and wrestlers from over 28 states. The top 5 teams received medals and the top 6 teams hailed from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
In the high school division, the top 5 teams from last year returned to this year’s event looking to claim the title. This year’s final match featured a rematch as last year’s final with Young Guns Black and Team Kong United battling for the title. It once again came down to the heavyweights, Kong’s Edwin Rubio vs. Young Guns’ Jake Beistel. In the 2015 finale, Beistel won in dramatic fashion pulling out the victory ultimate ride out. This year final match came down to Rubio vs, Beistel once again and Rubio fought hard for redemption and succeeded helping Team Kong United eke out the W by a final score 25-24 score. Young Guns Black was the reigning champions since 2013. Bison Legend Orange finished in 3rd place with a 36-18 victory over Illinois Outsiders. The Indiana High Rollers Black knocked off the second seed, Nauman Goofy, to finish in 5th place.
The returning Middle School Division champions, the NJ Scorpions finished in 3rd place, prevailing over Notxub in the consolation finals. The new title holder Buxton Red Beards rolled through the competition. The Red Beards beat the Ohio Titan Scarlet team 51-15. Rounding out the top five was IL Menace Jedi who knocked off Missouri’s Greater Heights.
In the largest field to date of Elementary teams, Texas Dynamite Black knocked off the NJ Scorpions Gold 39-33. Claiming the 3rd place spot was Buxton Extreme who was victorious over Ohio Titan Scarlet. Rounding out the top 5, Young Guns Black beat Bison Legend Orange 39-24.
Year in and year out, many of the nation’s elite wrestlers compete in this event. This year’s event was no different as 12 of the Top 5 and over 60 nationally ranked wrestlers set foot on the mat. Those wrestlers included: Florida: #14 Grant Aranoff (South Florida Lightning), #15 Jake Brindley (Shore Thing CFWA); Indiana: #4 Blake Rypel (Indiana High Rollers Black), #8 Drew Hughes (Indiana Highrollers Black); Iowa: #10 Gannon Gremmel (Team Kong United), #11 Carter Isley (Bad Karma – Shutt Silver) Michigan: #5 Trent Hillger (Team Money), #7 Kanen Storr (Team Kong United), #11 Jelani Embree (Michigan Gold Pitbulls); New Jersey: #3 Sebastian Rivera (Elite), #7 Stephan Glasgow (Bad Karma – Shutt Silver), #13 Mekhi Lewis (Bad Karma – Shutt Silver); New York: #1 Adam Busiello (Team Kong United), #2 Vito Arajau (Team Kong United), #13 Louie DePrez (Shore Thing CFWA); Ohio: #6 Jordan Campbell (Team Nauman Goofy), #7 Jordan Decatur (Bad Karma – Shutt Silver), #7 Brent Moore (Team Stomp Blue), #11 Dom Demas (Team Kong United); Pennsylvania: #1 Cameron Coy (Young Guns Black), #2 Dakota Geer (Team Nauman Goofy), #2 Hayden Hidley (Bison Legend Orange), #3 Kaleb Young (Young Guns Black), #4 Luke Karam (Renegade Elite), #4 Jake Wentzel (Team Nauman Goofy), #5 Mikey Labriola (Renegade Elite), #6 Sammy Sasso (Dark Knights), #7 Jake Robb (Young Guns Black), #8 Julian Chlebove (Dark Knights), #8 Michael Beard (Malvern Wrestling Club), #8 Travis Stefanik (Dark Knights), #9 Austin Bell (Team Nauman Goofy), #11 Jake Jakobson (Renegade Elite), #12 Brian Courtney (Bison Legend Orange), #12 Eric Hong (Pitt Bull).
Team results for the event can be found on NHSCA.com as well as EscapeSports.
This event was also livestreamed by Flowrestling.