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A few spots remain for boys & girls teams in rugged Ultimate Club Duals in State College, Pa., April 22-24

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Action from the 2021 Ultimate Club Duals. Photos by Carie Dernlan.


The 2022 Ultimate Club Duals Pre-Season Freestyle Championships will be loaded with talent again this year, with high-level competition for both boys and girls in a number of divisions. This USA Wrestling sanctioned event enters its seventh year and continues to grow and improve.


The competition for the elite teams will be held April 22-24 at state-of-the-art Nittany Valley Centre in State College, Pa., a facilty which can accommodate over 40 mats. The high school boys and girls developmental teams will compete at C3 Sports and Event Center, also in State College. A few spots for teams remain in the tournament which is already loaded with talent.


For more information and to register a team, visit the official website at:
https://ultimateclubduals.com/springduals


Organizers expect over 100 freestyle teams to compete this year. The divisions being contested are Boys Elite freestyle Teams, Girls Elite freestyle teams, Boys K-8 Elite freestyle teams, Girls High School development teams and Boys High School freestyle teams. The format will allow as many as 6-8 quality freestyle matches over the two days of action.


Teams are coming from more than 20 different states, and this year will also include a strong team from Puerto Rico and a few tough teams from Canada. Many of the best clubs in the nation have registered, with many of the top coaches in the country leading their teams.


Both of last year’s Elite champion teams are coming back, with Boys champion M2 (coached by Olympic and World champion David Taylor) and Girls champion Bull Trained (coached by World champion and Olympic medalist Sammie Henson).


Not only will this event identify many of the best freestyle wrestling clubs in the nation, but it will also have a huge impact on the individual national rankings for both boys and girls. Dozens of nationally ranked wrestlers will be entered on the clubs in the elite divisions for both boys and girls and their individual battles will alter the rankings. There are numerous age-group World and Continental team members, national champions and all-Americans who will be competing again this year.


The best elite teams in both the boys and girls division will win a Dollamur 42x42 Club Mat worth $12,000. As far as iindividual awards, wrestlers will compete for the coveted UCD torch going to the top freestyle boy and girl hitting the best throws (#ultimateclubbombs) in the tournament. The home-made torches, each one unique, are made by an artist.

2021 ULTIMATE CLUB DUALS RESULTS

Boys Elite Division

1st Place – M2 Magicians 43, Team Shutt 39

3rd Place –Sebolt Wrestling Academy 49, JK Squad 30

5th place – Poway Elite 43, Blairstown Wrestling 41

7th place – Wyoming Valley RTC 49, Va Team Predator 35

Girls Elite Division

1st Place – Bull Trained 41, Wyoming Seminary 37

3rd Place – Misfits Mighty Marshmallows 41, Doughgirls 37

5th Place – Hammer Chicks 56, Misfits Gummy Bears 17

7th Place – PWC Athena 1 51, Wrestle Like A Girl 1 27

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