By Thomas Blair
With the final whistle blown, the Disney Duals are now in the record books. Let’s take a look into the five days of wrestling that just concluded in Orlando. Here are some great stats to think about. With the 135 teams, multiple state champions from around the country and the 28 mats you had a lot of action.
With all four divisions added up, there were 1,027 dual meets between the pool rounds and the bracket rounds. The total number of individual matches that were held was 14,378, not including all the alternate matches occurred.
Wrestlers who were able to go undefeated in the tournament received a gold medal, wrestlers with one loss received a silver medal, wrestlers with two losses received a bronze medal and a wrestler with three losses received a copper medal. Plus the wrestlers that received a gold or silver medal received All-American status and a patch from AAU.
Once the pool rounds were done in each of the divisions, the teams were placed into brackets arranged by their placement and record.
With most of the team dynamics changing from year to year, the outcome for this tournament is hard to predict. The best that we can do is use the outcome from last year as a gauge.
Looking at the results for the Community 1 – A Bracket (top teams) there was a surprise strength in the top four placers as Spring Hill (sixth last year) was able to come through on the back side of the bracket to take home fourth place. The third-place match saw Dakota Wrestling Nation (runner-up in 2012) beat Spring Hill 43-19.
The Falcon Blue team finished in on top again with a 45 – 22 win over Oregon Clay A, which was fourth last year.
The Community 2 championship bracket E also had a surprise with team Montana Sidney winning a close match in the third-place dual, beating Evansville Memorial Blue 30-27.
The Yorktown team came in loaded as they easily walked through the pool rounds and the championship bracket to take top honors again. Yorktown topped the Oak Harbor Rockets 64-6 in the championship match.
The top division in the tournament is certainly the All-Star teams. With most teams loaded with either state champions or multiple-time state champions. In the pool rounds there seemed to be only a couple of dual upsets with Brandon (Fla.) losing twice and AWC Team Kryptonite (3rd in 2012) losing three duals.
The big upsets came in the championship bracket – G for the top 15 teams in the pools. In the first round, close duals were won by Ohio Hawks 24-21 over Brawlers Elite, Iowa Black beating Team Prodigy (Ohio) 31-28 and Diesel (Pa.) out scoring Brandon 30-23.
Also the Wrestling Factory lost their dual 41-19 to a strong NY Kong team. The second round again showed the strength of the teams with Middle Atlantic Blue, Young Guns Black (Western Pa.), NY Kong and Diesel all winning easily.
On the back side of the bracket, Wrestling Factory (4th in 2012) Missouri Ozark (9th in 2012) and Brandon lost again to put them out of the tournament.
In the semifinals, both Young Guns Black (5th 2012) and NY Kong (8th 2012) took control of their matches and won handily. Young Guns won 39-9 over Middle Atlantic Blue and NY Kong won over Diesel 31-12.
This setup up a finials match between the two unbeaten teams, that was also covered live by ESPN3. In the finials, Young Guns Black showed their strength again overpowering NY Kong and only allowing eight team points. The final score was 48-8.
The third-place dual meet was Michigan Blue (7th 2012) and Middle Atlantic Blue (1st in 2012). The dual ended knotted at 24 and had to be decided by tie breaker criteria. Michigan Blue won the tie breaker and the meet final score was 25-24. The win give Michigan a team record of 12 – 1 for the tournament.
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