Will Kong Extend Its Reign At NHSCA Duals?

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Four years running now, the NHSCA Duals have featured a showdown between Team Kong United and Young Guns Black in the finals. In 2016, Kong finally broke Young Guns' stranglehold on the title, ending a three-year championship run by the Pittsburgh-based club. Kong defended its title in 2017, by the exact same 25-24 score that allowed them to squeak by the previous year.

Will 2018 see another rematch of the only teams to make the finals since 2015? Both squads are once again bringing loaded lineups to the Virginia Beach Convention Center. 

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Should Kong and Young Guns see each other again for all the marbles, we may get the following epic matchups.

Team Kong United

WT

Young Guns Black

#8 Yusief Lillie or Jordan Titus106Kurtis Phipps
#11 Brandon Kaylor113

#20 Brock McMillen

#5 Nik Aguilar or #8 Ben Kamali120

#13 Kyle Biscoglia

#5 Adam Busiello or Zac Redding126

#3 Gavin Teasdale or Colton Camacho

#9 Alex Felix or Anthony Sciotto132Nick Coy
#3 Alex Cruz138Luke Kemerer
Jordan Crace or Mike Weber145

#18 Jason Kraisser

#3 Jacori Teemer152

#17 Justin McCoy

#3 Dustin Plott or #20 Jake Silverstein160

#20 Caleb Clymer

#10 Grant Cuomo170Jared McGill
Zac Braunagel182#20 Tim Wallace
#15 Trey Rogers or Elijah Rodriguez195

#6 Cody Mulligan

#10 Boone McDermott220

Parker McClellan

#2 Cohlton Schultz or Terrese Aaron285#5 Isaac Reid


But it's not going to be that simple as there will be plenty of landmines along the way. A host of competitive teams headed to the Tidewater area. You can check out a list of ranked wrestlers registered for the event here, and then go here to see a list of where all the registered wrestlers are going to college. 

For a look back through history, check out the box scores for the finals over the last six years below.

2017: Kong United 25, Young Guns Black 24

106: Brandon Kaylor (Kong United) 6-0 Kurtis Phipps (Young Guns Black)

113: Kyle Biscoglia (Young Guns Black) 4-0 Nik Aguilar (Kong United)

120: Adam Busiello (Kong United) Fall 2:03 Colton Camacho (Young Guns Black) 

126: Cole Manley (Young Guns Black) Forfeit

132: Alex Felix (Kong United) 10-2 Luke Kemerer (Young Guns) 

138: Max Murin (Young Guns Black) 5-1 Jake Silverstein (Kong United)

145: Jarod Verkleeren (Young Guns Black) 3-1 Dom Demas (Kong United)

152: Nelson Brands (Young Guns Black) 8-7 Peter Pappas (Kong United)

160: Hayden Hastings (Kong United) 4-0 Jared McGill (Young Guns Black)

170: Zack Ancewicz (Kong United) 6-1 Timmy Wallace (Young Guns Black)

182: Cody Mulligan (Young Guns Black) 2-1 Casey Randles (Kong United)

195: Anthony Walters (Young Guns Black) 5-4 Eddie Smith (Kong United)

220: Cade Belshay (Kong United) 3-1 Josiah Jones (Young Guns Black)

285: Sammy Evans (Kong United) 2-1 Isaac Reid (Young Guns Black)


2016: Kong United 25, Young Guns Black 24

106: Colton Camacho (Young Guns Black) 8-4 Malik Heinselman (Kong United)

113: Drew West (Young Guns Black) FALL Adam Busiello (Kong United)

120: Bryce West (Young Guns Black) 8-6 Matteo DeVincenzo (Kong United)

126: Jacori Teemer (Kong United) 14-2 Cole Manley (Young Guns Black)

132: Luke Kemerer (Young Guns) 3-2 Alex Felix (Kong United)

138: Kanen Storr (Kong United) 7-3 Justin McCoy (Young Guns Black)

145: Dom Demas (Kong United) 14-7 Jarod Verkleeren (Young Guns Black)

152: Cam Coy (Young Guns Black) 3-0 Chris Mauriello (Kong United)

160: Kaleb Young (Young Guns Black) 3-1 Ricky Stamm (Kong United)

170: Trey Meyer (Kong United) FALL Jake Shaffer (Young Guns Black)

182: May Lyon (Kong United) 4-1 Anthony Walters (Young Guns Black)

195: Drew Phipps (Young Guns Black) 5-0 Trenton Schultz (Kong United)

220: Cohlton Schultz (Kong United) 7-0 Josiah Jones (Young Guns Black)

285: Edwin Rubio (Kong United) 3-2UTB Jake Beistel (Young Guns Black)


2015: Young Guns Black 26, Team Kong 21

106lbs-Job Chisko, Young Guns Black DEC Tommy Cox, NY Kong, 6-2

113lbs-Devin Brown, Young Guns Black DEC Jake Silverstein, 7-1

120lbs-Matteo Devincenzo, NY Kong DEC Brendan Howard, Young Guns Black, 3-1 SV

126lbs-Ben Lamantia, NY Kong DEC Justin Patrick, Young Guns, 3-1SV

132lbs-Kanen Storr, NY Kong DEC Triston Law, Young Guns Black, 7-3

138lbs-Jesse Delveccia, NY Kong DEC AC Headlee, Young Guns, 9-5

145lbs-Sam Krivus, Young Guns Black DEC Chris Mauriello, NY Kong, 5-3

152lbs-Michael Kemerer, Young Guns Black MAJ DEC Tommy Dutton, NY Kong, 14-3

160lbs-Kaleb Young, Young Guns Black MAJ DEC Blaise Benderoth, NY Kong, 10-1

170lbs-Jordon Bushey, NY Kong FALL Jake Shaffer, Young Guns Black

182lbs-Kellan Stout, Young Guns Black DEC Tyler Frankrone, NY Kong 3-0

195lbs-Drew Phipps, Young Guns Black DEC Nick McShea, NY Kong, 5-2

220bs-Devin Rockroth, NY Kong DEC Jacob Robb, Young Guns Black, 5-1

285lbs-Jake Beistel, Young Guns Black DEC Edwin Rubio, NY Kong, 2-1 UTB


2014: Young Guns Black 36, Team Griffin Select 15

106 Max Murin (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Aaron Rump (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 3-0

113 Gage Curry (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) Dec Collin Glorioso (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 5-2

120 Jake Gromacki (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Sammy Sasso (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 8-4

126 Eli Seipel (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Forfeit (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT)

132 Sammy Krivus (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) Fall Anthony Tutolo (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 2:34

138 Michael Kemerer (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Chase Zemenak (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 9-5

145 Myles Amine (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) Dec Josh Maruca (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 5-4

152 Jason Nolf (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Colston Diblasi (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 7-4

160 Josh Shields (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Jake Shaffer (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 8-4

170 Dom Scalise (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Juan "Johnny" Garcia (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 3-1

182 Stephen Loiseau (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) Dec Dylan Reynolds (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 3-0

195 Zack Zavatsky (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Jan Johnson (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 8-2

220 Jacob Robb (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Fall Antonio Pesuli (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) Fall

285 Jake Beistel (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Edwin Rubio (TEAM GRIFFIN SELECT) 3-1


2013: Young Guns Black 34, Diesel 15

106 Collin Glorioso (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Anthony Petril (DIESEL) 2-0

113 Jake Gromacki (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Tyrone Klump (DIESEL) 5-1

120 AC Headlee (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Major Austin Camacci (DIESEL) 11-2

126 Rodney Sunday (DIESEL) Dec Joel Bowers (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 6-0

132 Tyler Smith (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Ty Buckiso (DIESEL) 9-3

138 Jason Nolf (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Tyson Dippery (DIESEL) 3-1

145 Reed Van Anrooy (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Solomon Chishko (DIESEL) 5-2

152 Zack Kelly (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Dec Austin Rose (DIESEL) 5-4

160 Garrett Peppelman (DIESEL) Dec Cody Law (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 3-0

170 Colton Peppelman (DIESEL) Dec Dom Scalise (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 6-5

182 Brett Harner (DIESEL) Dec Zack Zavatsky (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 9-2

195 Ryan Solomon (DIESEL) Dec Dustin Conti (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) 1-0

220 Shaun Heist (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Fall Lucas Chestnut (DIESEL) Fall

285 Evan Daily (YOUNG GUNS BLACK) Forfeit (DIESEL)


2012: Team Griffin Gold 30, Young Guns Black 16

106: Vincenzo Joseph (Young Guns Black) 5-0 Luke Pletcher (Team Griffin Gold)

113: Sammy Krivus (Team Griffin Gold) 5-1 Michael Kemerer (Young Guns Black)

120: Jason Nolf (Young Guns Black) 9-3 Micah Hight (Team Griffin Gold)

126: Brandon Jeske (Team Griffin Gold) 8-4 Tyler Smith (Young Guns Black)

132: Joe Galasso (Team Griffin Gold) 9-2 Josh Maruca (Young Guns Black)

138: Josh Shields (Young Guns Black) 3-2 Patrick Duggan (Team Griffin Gold)

145: Ty Lydic (Team Griffin Gold) 3-1 Heath Coles (Young Guns Black)

152: Cody Copeland (Team Griffin Gold) 5-1 Zack Voytek (Young Guns Black)

160: Geno Morelli (Team Griffin Gold) 4-1 Cody Law (Young Guns Black)

170: Jacob Taylor (Young Guns Black) 10-2 Troy Murtha (Team Griffin Gold)

182: Greg Wilson (Team Griffin Gold) 9-5 Dakota DesLauriers (Young Guns Black)

195: Matt McCutcheon (Young Guns Black) 7-3 Jake Hart (Team Griffin Gold)

220: Thomas Haines (Team Griffin Gold) FALL Evan Daley (Young Guns Black)

285: Dawson Peck (Team Griffin Gold) 1-0 Luke Fleck (Young Guns Black)

By The Numbers: Iowa & Oklahoma State's Season So Far

The Hawkeyes and Cowboys are on a collision course scheduled for impact on Sunday, February 24th in historic Gallagher-Iba Arena. Both teams are loaded, with marquee matchups slated for just about every weight. Both teams have also gone through plenty of changes this season. We breakdown their respective journeys below. 

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Second Coaches Poll And RPI Breakdown

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The second coaches' poll was released this week, this time with an RPI accompaniment. Over 400 individual wrestlers made at least one of the lists. We've copied those two lists at the end of this article. Before them is a breakdown of the implications of both lists. 

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Daton Fix's Path To The 1 Seed At NCAAs

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Daton Fix came into his redshirt freshman year as one of the most hyped recruits in history, having won a Junior world title in 2017 and wrestling in Final X before ever wearing the Oklahoma State singlet.

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Iowa Travels To Wisconsin On Sunday With B1G Seeding Implications At 165

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Iowa finishes up their Big Ten schedule this weekend, starting with senior day against Indiana at Carver Hawkeye on Friday. Two days later, they make the trip to Madison to close out their conference duals.

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Can Oklahoma State End Missouri's 35-Match Winning Streak This Saturday?

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The #4 Oklahoma State Cowboys and #10 Missouri Tigers renew their rivalry this weekend in Columbia. The home team owns a 35-dual winning streak, which includes last year's 21-19 win in Stillwater.

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Jody Strittmatter's Spencer Lee-Like Top Game

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Spencer Lee is an absolute hammer on top. 

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FRL 353: 165lb Big Ten Seeds + Micic/Suriano Will Tell Us A Lot About 133

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What 2 Watch 4: It's Game Time

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Do nothing but watch wrestling this weekend. Don't even think about doing anything else. I've got all the links and matchups for you right here. If you screw up this weekend by not watching wrestling, you have only yourself to blame!

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PIAA AAA Recap: Bethlehem Catholic On Historic Run

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