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Team Vision Quest places in top 17th at Virginia Beach Duals

16 Jul 2017

The Virginia Beach Duals were just a short six weeks ago on Memorial Weekend in Virginia Beach at the Convention Center. There were 188 high school, 92 middle school team and 92 elementary school teams. Each were vying for the championship in their division in the 3-day tournament held on the 54 mats laid out on the convention center floor. Seating for the fans were at a premium as there is no bleachers at all and you must sit in the chairs next to mats. 

Team Vision Quest Colorado took a team of 14 wrestlers from all over the state to compete in the highly competitive high school division. The motto of the tournament held by the NHSCA, is “you build the team, claim your title”. This is an opportunity to determine the best club/state teams in the country for the Elementary, Middle School, and High School divisions. The National Wrestling Duals is the largest dual meet team event in the history of scholastic wrestling.

Team Vision Quest did something that no other team from Colorado was able to do, as they made the final 32 team bracket. Other wrestlers from the state have been on teams in the past years that were combined with state champs and placers from other states and placed higher. So, to do this was quite an accomplishment for Team Vision Quest, as the team was made from four 9th graders, nine 10th graders, plus one junior wrestler.

The other fact is that Team Vision Quest finished with an 8 – 2 dual meet record and tied for 17th place in the high school division. The two losses were against Indiana Highroller Black (which took 6th place) and Dark Horse (from PA, which was a top 10 placement team). 

The team roster, their weight, their grade and their individual tournament record is listed below. Only one wrestler had a losing record, while the rest of the team members were .500 or above for the tournament.

weight

name

grade

record

 ’17  State placement

106

Johnny Masopust

9

8 - 2,

3rd - 3a

113

AJ Serna

10

6-4,

2nd - 3a

120

Owen Berry

10

5-5,

4th - 3a

126

Ryan Roth

10

8-2, ex 4 -1

n/p

132

Aaden Valdez

9

8-2,

5th - 4a

138

Dylan Yancey

10

6-4,

4th - 3a

145

Marquez Salazar

10

4-6,

n/p

152

Wyatt Pfau

10

6-4,

4th - 3a

160

Drake Engelking

10

9-1,

3rd - 4a

170

Davis Ward

10

6-4,

n/p

182

Tarron Adams

11

6-4,

6th - 5a

195

Dominic Robles

10

6-4,

4th - 4a

220

Deonte Bridges

9

7-3,

3rd - 4a

285

Andy Garcia

9

9-1,

1st - 4a

   

Total tournament record

93 - 47

 

The 18th Annual event was won by Team Kong United (based in the New York area) as they beat Young Guns Black (PA based team) 25 – 24 in the finials. This was the second year in a row that the title was decided by one point and also the second year that Team Kong had come out on top.  South Florida Lightning / CFWA took home 3rd place honors as Team Shutt did not show up for the 3rd place match after losing in the semifinals. The number of teams that forfeited their duals once they lost in the 32-team bracket was a disappointment to the wrestling fans and the teams that had waited around for their next dual. There was a total of eight duals that were not wrestled. This is a coach is not understandable as you travel a distance to the national’s dual tournament to get your wrestler the experience and the mat time to get better and see the tougher competition, so why not show up for the dual. Yes, the tournament is a grind for the wrestlers but this only helps them in the long run for their next season.

Team Vision Quest started the weekend out with a workout on the beach, then a trip to the convention center to get weighed in followed by a picture session with Cael Sanderson (Penn State Head Coach). The tournament would start the next day at 8 AM with Vision Quest being placed in Pool 39 with three other teams – Team Nauman Blue, The Crew, and Apex.

Vision Quest would get off to a great start with a 48 – 6 win over Team Nauman Blue. The second dual of the day saw Vision Quest take a 45 – 12 win against Apex. The third dual was closer but Vision Quest took the win 30 – 22 over The Crew, putting the team undefeated on the day with a 3 – 0 record.

The team would be placed in Pool J for the second day of competition, 8 am vs Doughboy Black (Mass) - mat 42, 930am vs Cardinal Wrestling Club (Ohio) - mat 42, 11am vs Dark Knights (PA) - mat 41. Vision Quest would go back and forth with the first 3 match of the dual against Doughboy Black and then would win the next 11 matches to earn a 52 – 9 dual meet win. Vision Quest keep the ball rolling as they took a 37 – 21 win over Cardinal WC and go 5 – 0 in duals. The next dual against Dark Horse (PA) was a turn for the worst as only three wrestlers were able to win (Drake Engleking – 160, Donte Bridges – 220 and Andy Garcia – 285), the team lost 45 – 15.  Vision Quest would have one more on the day, an evening match against PA Misfits to determine if they go into the championship or consolation bracket for day three. PA Misfits did not show up and Vision Quest was awarded the win vis team forfeit and made the 32 team championship bracket.

The three-day started with Team Vision Quest being 6- 1 for the tournament and had to face Indiana Highroller Black. The dual was a loop sided event with Highroller winning all 14 matches and the dual 62 – 0. Vision Quest would move to the consi side of the bracket and face Indiana Outlaws. The Outlaws decide not to wrestle and gave Vision Quest a team forfeit and put them tied for 17th place. 

Team Michigan Pitbull Gold had the same luck as their opponent also did not show up for their dual. It was decided by the coaches of Pitbull and Vision Quest to have an exhibition dual meet, as both team came to wrestle. Both team were evening matched as they battle back and forth with the dual meet coming down to the 285 match. The team score going into the match was Vision Quest 28 – Pitbull Gold 31. Andy Garcia, Vision Quest came thru with a pin to give the match a 34 – 31 score in favor of Vision Quest.

Vision Quest ended the tournament with a win and a 8 – 2 dual meet record.