High School Wrestling

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Elite 8 Duals

While the eyes of the political world are trained on Georgia, fans of high school wrestling will be focused on Atlanta as Compound Wrestling’s Cliff Fretwell has assembled an excellent event in the Elite 8 Duals. Compound and a handful of clubs in Georgia have helped put the state on the wrestling map over the last decade. The fruits of their labor are starting to blossom as Georgia has an excellent crop of wrestlers in the sophomore-senior classes. That made it the perfect opportunity to showcase the top high schoolers in Georgia against the best in the nation. 

Fretwell has always been a marketing master and, with that being said, the Elite 8 Duals isn’t your standard dual tournament. Instead of hosting the event in a grungy gym or a sterile convention center, the Elite 8 Duals will take place in the Atrium/Ballroom of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Instead of standing room only or uncomfortable bleachers for fans, matside tabled seating will be available. A live DJ will help foster an upbeat atmosphere rarely seen in high school wrestling or any wrestling event, in general. For those of age, drinks will be available, too. 

The competition will also be different than most other events. Even your toughest dual tournaments, tend to have early pool competition where the elite teams tend to roll. With only eight schools, each with at least one nationally ranked wrestler, there is no fluff and no “easy matches.” Three #1 ranked wrestlers will be in attendance and 18 that are ranked in the top-five. 

The format of the event will be four duals on Saturday, which will help seed a bracketed team-tournament on Sunday. Below are the rosters for each of the eight squads, with their Saturday dual schedule listed, along with the roster and their team members’ notable accomplishments. 

The Elite 8 Duals can be seen here if you’re unable to make the trip to Atlanta. 

Black Mambas

Round 1: JK Squad

Round 2: Dynasty

Round 3: Minion Legends

Round 4: Cali Custom


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