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16U National Duals Team

Seventeen Virginia wrestlers competed for Team VA at the 2021 U16 National Duals last week in Westfield, Indiana.  Team VA joined 31 Greco and 33 Freestyle teams coming from AL, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, OH (Freestyle only), OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WI.  Overall, Team VA collected 11 team victories and gave up 5 team losses. 
In Greco, Team VA went 6-2, defeating Team Indiana Blue (45-28), Team Georgia Red (67-6), Team PA Red (51-19), Team Utah (38-35), Team DE (71-6), and Team Michigan Red (70-6).  It lost two matches in the opening bracket by very close margins (with two forfeited weights), dropping to Team Outlaws Red (38-36) and Team Iowa (41-37). 
In freestyle, Team VA went 5-3, defeating Team Kansas Red (45-29), Team Missouri (45-35), Team Iowa (46-30), Team Indiana Blue (48-28), and Team Colorado (42-36) for a third place finish in the bronze/copper pool.  Team VA lost its first match in the opening bracket to Team Colorado by a 1-point margin (37-36) (with one forfeited weight), which loss Team VA avenged when it later defeated the same team to claim the third place slot in the bronze/copper pool at the end of the tournament.  Team VA also dropped to Team Indiana Gold (39-33) in the original bracket and Team Florida (42-33) in the bronze/copper pool.
Three wrestlers went undefeated in both Greco and Freestyle:  Cadell Lee (94), Noah Nininger (106), and Parker Ferrell (220).  In addition, Mitchell Faglioni (132) went undefeated in Greco and Duncan Christiansen went undefeated in Freestyle (145).  Thirteen of the seventeen wrestlers achieved an even or winning record overall.  Several wrestlers stepped up to wrestle at a higher weights, helping Team VA fill its slots and minimize the damage of any forfeits to the team.  All of the wrestlers competed hard over a grueling 4-day schedule and acquired great experience to take to Fargo.
The team was coached at the event by Mark Fontana and Matt Keel, with added support from Chip Nininger and Matt Christiansen.  Rob Prebish lead the Greco training.  All the athletes were well trained by their club, school, and clinic coaches who have collectively contributed to the growing strength of Virginia’s wrestlers on the national scene.
Zeke Keel (88):  5-3 FS; 6-1 GR  [11-4]
Xaiden Wynn (88/94) 3-1 GR [3-1]
Cadell Lee (94):  8-0 FS; 8-0 GR (all TF, fall or FFT in FS/GR) [16-0]
Caden Smith (100):  0-8 FS [0-8]
Noah Nininger (106):  8-0 FS (all TFs); 8-0 GR (all TFs or FFTs)[16-0]
Jack Parker (113):  1-7 FS; 2-6 GR [3-13]
Jahleel Armstrong (120):  2-6 FS; 7-1 GR [9-7]
Phoenix Alyea (126):  4-4 FS; 7-1 GR [11-5]
Mitchell Faglioni (132):  5-3 FS; 8-0 GR [13-3]
Thomas Stofka (138):  6-2 FS; 7-1 GR [13-3]
Duncan Christiansen (145):  8-0; 7-1 GR [15-1]
Keagan Judd (152):  2-6 FS; 5-3 GR [7-9]
Robert Kucharczk (160):  3-5; 5-3 GR [8-8]
Toby Schoffstall (170):  6-2 FS (losses due to injury default); 7-1 GR [13-3]
Kingsley Menifee: 7-1 FS; 7-1 GR [14-2]
Parker Ferrell (220):  8-0 FS; 8-0 GR (all fall/TF/FFT in GR) [16-0]
Jason Young (HWT): 1-7 FS; 3-5 GR [4-12]



Team Goals: 

  1. Field a highly competitive national level dual team. 
  2. Win dual meets.  
  3. Prepare Virginia’s best 16U wrestlers for national competition.
  4. Represent Virginia with character, sportsmanship, and integrity.


  1. Fill every weight class with a reliable wrestler with FR/GR experience
  2. Select the best wrestler that applied based on the most recent FR/GR results
  3. Install a training plan to prepare each wrestler for national competition in June

Why Participate: This is one of the toughest 16U events in the nation. Your wrestler has the opportunity to wrestle in up to 18 matches, so there is tremendous bang for the buck. Competing in this event is a critical first step to gaining national recognition and credibility. 

Tournament Details Event: USAW 16U GR/FS National Duals Date: June 9-13 2021. Travel time included. Location: Grand Park Sports Campus 19000 Grand Park Blvd Westfield, IN 46074

Eligibility: 16U are wrestlers born 2005-2006. 16U weight classes are: 88, 94, 100, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285. 


Weigh-ins: Wednesday, June 9th, 7:30-7:50 PM All wrestlers must weigh together as a team, each in a VAWA singlet. We will conduct one practice at the venue prior to weigh-ins, however, each wrestler is expected to be on-weight when boarding VAWA transportation. Each wrestler must wrestle two Greco matches in order for the weigh-in to count for Freestyle competition.  Trip Details. Otherwise they weigh in for Freestyle Friday at 6pm

Transportation: The VAWA Team Leader will develop a transportation plan that includes parent carpooling and rental vans driven by VAWA coaches as needed. Wrestlers who need transportation assistance may be transported by VAWA coaches or other carpooling families.  Wrestlers needing transportation will incur a $100 Round trip fee.

Lodging: All team members are required to stay at the VAWA designated hotel. Accompanying parents have the option of lodging their wrestler with other wrestlers in a team room, reserving a room for themselves, or reserving a room for themselves and their wrestler. Many parents choose to share a room with their wrestlers to lower cost.- VAWA will reserve hotel rooms for wrestlers, coaches, and staff as needed. Wrestlers will be assigned 4 to a room.  - VAWA will also attempt reserve limited hotel rooms for parents and provide parents appropriate reservation information, including the cut-off date for the reservation.- Parents are encouraged to notify the Team Leader of lodging plans to be included in the transportation plan when completing the application process. 

Meals: Registration fees DO NOT include meals. Breakfast is not free at the hotel. Lunch and Dinner options are available at the venue or hotel.  We want this to be a family affair for this age group. We are looking for volunteers from parents that plan to attend to assist in getting items to eat for the team, making sandwiches, bringing in coolers of water, and other associated tasks.  Additionally:  Each wrestler will be asked to pay a fixed cost to cover a meal plan to be determined at a later date. 

Extra Costs:  Wrestlers should bring cash to cover personal expenses for non-team meals at the event and during travel, self-purchased snacks, and entertainment.  

Training Expectations Club Training: Practice at least 2-3 times per week with a credible GR/FS club with quality partners 

National Team Training: Top of the Podium June 4,5 6

Competition: VAWA State Tournament - Both FR and GR - May 8th/9th Northeast Regional Championships - Both FR and GR - May 15-16and/or Southeast Regional Championships - Both FR and GR 

Financial Team Fee: $450; Application $100 Deposit ($350 if wrestler stays in hotel with a parent)Team members must pay a non-refundable deposit by May 16th This covers gear package, entry fee for both events, van/fuel, and hotel (rooms split up 4 wrestlers to a room).  

Gear- VAWA will provide a gear package (2 singlets, 2 shirts, shorts) to each team member.  Ordering will be based upon manufacturer sizing charts - no parent action is required.  Payment Options: 

  1. Use PayPal :; be sure to select paying friends with no fee.
  2. Hand deliver payment at the VAWA FR/GR state championship
  3. You can chose snail-mail but make sure you send it earlier than normal
VAWA Attn: Jack Harcourt 3449 Robinson Rd.Virginia Beach, VA 23456 
Team Process Team Selection: The goal of the VAWA staff is to field the most competitive dual team possible.  Wrestlers have the opportunity to earn their spot in the lineup. Selection criteria will be used to determine the lineup for weight classes that do not have an Earned Starter.Application Deadline May 9th
  1. Compete at VAWA States May 8th -9th
  2. Submit an online application to using this link
  3. Email/Deliver a complete USAW Medical Consent Waiver Form to Coach Fontana
 Earned Starter: 
  1. Compete at VAWA FS/GR State Championship at the same weight you commit to for the dual team
  2. Place first in the freestyle session
  3. Place top 4 in the greco-roman session
  4. No unsportsmanlike conduct (or similar) penalties during any 2021 FR/GR competition
  5. Commitment to wrestle both greco and freestyle at the National Duals
  6. Complete the application process on or before May 9th
  7. Pay the $100 non-refundable deposit on or before May 16th
Selection Criteria: Any weight class that does not have an Earned Starter will be filled at the coach’s discretion as soon as possible.  Criteria considered during the selection process may include:
  • VAWA State Tournament freestyle and greco finish
  • Northeast Regional tournament freestyle and greco top 4 finish
  • 2021 head-to-head results at other freestyle tournaments
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct (or similar) penalties during FR/GR competition
  • Attendance at ODP training or tournaments leading up to the state tournament

Locking-in the Roster: Earned Starter positions will be determined on May 16th and announced on May 17th or sooner (once all deposits are paid).  Selected Starters and Alternates will be announced on an ongoing basis from May 9th until May 18th. You must pay the deposit to be selected for the 2021 16U Team VA National Dual Team.  Following May 22nd, open-weights will be aggressively recruited and filled on a first-come first-served basis. 

Use of Alternates: Alternates are possible.  Coaches will ensure that alternates get an equitable experience.  Starters will not be asked to split "starts'' with an alternate. Instead, a coach will organize an equitable number of non-dual matches for alternates  and alternates will "start" in duals when the Primary is injured/ill or requests a break (which is not uncommon). GR Alternates will "start" in two GR duals so that their GR weigh-in counts for FS. The coaching staff has experience supporting Alternates, and it is unlikely that Alternate wrestlers will be disappointed in their experience.

Coaching Staff: 

Mark Fontana- VAWA Coaching Staff

Mark Roberts - VAWA Coaching Staff

Bill Dekraker - VAWA Coaching Staff