Now entering its 6th season, Dulles Duals has been one of the most popular youth wrestling events in the Washington area. The program attracts teams from Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland and consists of various divisions so wrestlers of all ages and experience levels can enjoy these unique dual events.
For the 2019-2020 season, the format of Dulles Duals will change. We are switching to a one-day tournament format for each event. It will continue to be a great atmosphere with introductions, smoke machines, loud music, individual trophies (for select divisions) and more.
Elementary Duals (Saturday, January 25). This tournament is intended for intermediate-to-advanced wrestlers from 2nd-6th grade. Teams are expected to bring full and competitive lineups and allowed to fill roster spots with "free agents" from other clubs. The winning team has a banner hung at TOP and gets the team name inscribed on our official trophy. Individual trophies are also awarded to wrestlers and coaches on the winning team. Fees are $399 and teams should expect 4-5 dual meets. Exhibition bouts will take place throughout the day.
Elementary Novice Duals (Monday, January 20). This tournament is intended for “rookie” and less experienced wrestlers in grades K-6 who haven't wrestled in many, if any, duals before. Our goal is to expose less experienced wrestlers to the excitement of a dual format. Therefore a team’s primary goal isn’t to win the dual meet but rather obtain quality, exciting matches for the wrestlers. To this end, coaches are expected to coordinate in advance in effort to find comparable opponents with respect to age and skill level. While there are 12 weight classes, coaches have more flexibility in arranging matches. There are no trophies, just an exciting experience. Teams should expect 2-3 dual meets and fees of $299. Exhibition bouts will not take place at this event.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURNAMENTS
Middle School Duals (Saturday, January 4). This is a competitive division for club teams comprised of 6-8 graders (younger wrestlers are eligible if they choose to wrestle up).
Teams are expected to bring full and competitive lineups and are allowed to fill roster spots with "free agents" from other clubs. The winning team has a banner hung at TOP and gets the team name inscribed on the official trophy. Individual trophies are also awarded to wrestlers and coaches on the winning team. Exhibition bouts will occur throughout the day. Teams should expect 4-5 dual meets and fees of $399.
Middle School Teams (Monday, February 17). This tournament is for teams of wrestlers who attend the same middle school (two schools are allowed to combine to form a team, plus two wrestlers who don't attend the school, ideally home schooled or private school students who would normally attend the school). With so many new wrestlers joining the sport in our area, we expect a lot of novice wrestlers at this event. While more experienced wrestlers who attend a school will not be denied the chance to compete with their teams, this is more of a novice event (perhaps higher-level wrestlers might be better off coaching in the corner). In short, we want to expose middle schoolers to the excitement of a dual format, and the main objective is an exciting dual withe competitive matches (more so than winning). To this end, coaches are expected to coordinate in advance in effort to find comparable opponents, if possible. While there are 12 weight classes, coaches have more flexibility in arranging matches. There are no trophies. Teams should expect 3-4 dual meets and fees of $379. Exhibition bouts will not take place at this event.
See the document below for weight class information.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have questions about Dulles Duals for the upcoming season, please contact Tom Houck at Top of the Podium.
We are offering online registration for Dulles Duals for the first time this year (see link below). The person making the payment will need to set up an account with Blue Sombrero (our online registration system) to pay the fees. Other payment options are
VENMO or payment by check in advance. Registration deadline is December 15, 2019, but earlier registration is encouraged since spots may fill up.
2019 Middle School Club Champions
2019 "Rising Stars" Team Champions
CHANTILLY YOUTH ASSOCIATION (CYA)
Middle School Highlight Video (2018)