By Jason Bryant
Peninsula Wrestling Association
The pairings for the 2014 Virginia Duals in the three high school divisions have been released.
Leading the way in the National High School division is the No. 21 team in the country, Nazareth Area High School from Nazareth, Pa. The Blue Eagles have won the National High School Division three times and have been runners-up two additional times. The last title for the Blue Eagles came in 2007 when they defeated Christiansburg (Va.) for the title. It’ll be the 19th appearance for Nazareth in the Virginia Duals and 14th in a row.
Nazareth will open with Gloucester (Va.), one of two local teams in the field. It will be Gloucester’s 28th appearance.
McDonogh School of Maryland draws the No. 2 seed. Ranked 20th by Amateur Wrestling News, McDonogh was second in last year’s National H.S. Division, falling to South Plainfield (N.J.) in the finals. McDonogh will open with St. Christopher’s School of Richmond, Va.
Don Bosco Prep of Ramsey, N.J., comes in as the No. 3 seed, while defending champion South Plainfield is seeded fourth. Bosco will open with Cave Spring of Roanoke, Va., while South Plainfield will open with Christiansburg.
Colonial Forge of Stafford, Va., will be the No. 5 seed, followed by Arvada West of suburban Denver, Colo. Colonial Forge will lead off with Benedictine out of Richmond, Va., in the first round.Lexington (S.C.) will return to the Virginia Duals and will be the seventh seed in the National H.S. Division. They were the champions in the 2013 American High School Division. Lexington will face New Jersey’s Camden Catholic in the opening round. The Fighting Irish are making their 17th straight appearance at the Virginia Duals and have placed in the top four six times since 1999.
St. Anthony’s of New York will be the tournament’s No. 8 seed. It’ll be their first appearance at the Virginia Duals. They’ll open with Timber Creek (N.J.)
In the American High School Division, six non-Virginia teams will be in the 16-team field with Bethlehem Liberty (Pa.) coming in as the top seed. The Hurricanes will be making their 14th appearance. They have previous been fourt hin the National High School Division (1997) and second in the American Division in 2012 and 2013. They open with Ocean Lakes High School from nearby Virginia Beach.
Second-seeded Peters Township (Pa.) will make its first Virginia Duals appearance. They’ll open up with another Virginia Beach school, Cox, in the opening round.
Eastern View will move up to the American High School Division after winning the Black & Blue Division a year ago. They’ll open up with Grundy. The Golden Wave will be making their 28th appearance. Coach Travis Fiser’s team has been in every Virginia Duals since 1987.
Matoaca will come in as the fourth seed. The Warriors open with St. Mark’s (Del.). St. Mark’s holds the distinction of being the non-Virginia team with the most appearances at the Duals, appearing 21 times. They’ve placed in the top four in the National Division seven times and won the championship in 2010.
Princess Anne of Virginia Beach will open with another first-time participant, Chartiers-Houston from Pennsylvania in the opening round. Princess Anne was second in the Black & Blue Division last year. Freedom (Pa.) again comes back. The Lehigh Valley school is making its seventh appearance and previously won the American Division in 2000. They open with Great Bridge. The Wildcats will be making their 30th appearance at the Virginia Duals.
Seventh-seeded Kellam of Virginia Beach will face Franklin County in a battle of Virginia schools, while Forest Park will face Haddonfield (N.J.) in the opening round. Forest Park is seeded eighth.
In the Black & Blue Division, comprised entirely of Virginia teams, the top seed is Fauquier out of Warrenton. The Falcons will open with Grafton from nearby Yorktown. Poquoson is seeded second. The Islanders are the only school in tournament history to have competed in all 34 Virginia Duals. They open with Western Branch of Chesapeake.
Nansemond River of Suffolk is the No. 3 seed and will face York in the opening round, while Chantilly from Northern Virginia will face Hermitage out of Richmond. Chantilly is the No. 4 seed. Chesapeake’s Hickory High School will be the No. 5 seed and open up with Tabb, also from nearby Yorktown. Chesapeake’s Grassfield High will be the No. 6 seed and face Amherst County in the first round. This is Amherst’s first appearance at the Virginia Duals.
Centreville High School from Clifton, Va., is the seventh seed and will face Cape Henry Collegiate in the opening round. Cape Henry is a private school in Virginia Beach. Brookville of Lynchburg will open with Smithfield in the first round.
The National High School Division will kick off at 9 a.m. on Friday with the top bracket bouts taking place at the Hampton Coliseum, while the bottom half will go at 11 a.m.
The top half quarterfinals will take place at 1 p.m., while the bottom bracket will take to the mats at 3 p.m.
The American High School Division top bracket first-round matches will start at 5 p.m., with the bottom half going at 7 p.m. All quarterfinal bouts from the American Division will be at 9 p.m. Friday night.
The Black & Blue Division top bracket will go at 5 p.m. Friday, with the bottom bracket going at 7 p.m. All quarterfinals in the Black & Blue Division will be at 9 p.m. Friday.
Results will be scored live via Trackwrestling.com. Links will be available on the Virginia Duals website at www.virginiaduals.org.
The Social Media Hashtag for the event is #VADuals.