National Dual Team

2017 Nebraska AAU National dual teams update.

We have a exciting year in store for Nebraska’s national teams. We are supporting at least 12 teams ranging from junior high, freshman-sophomore, all ages girls, Texas developmental and Disney All Star/developmental teams this year!

We start off with are ever popular junior high 6-8th grade dual teams. Coming off a high placing at the Yellowstone National Duals last year Nebraska is looking to follow up with great success this year. Team Nebraska will be going to Des Moines this year to compete at the Lee Paulmic National Duals. This tournament is great competition with wrestlers from Iowa, Ohio, Montana, Indiana, and many others. The tournament is held in Des Moines Ia. on March 31st to April 2nd. To qualify you must be in top two of your weight class at AAU State in Kearney on Sunday March 12th.

Next is are fourth year in a row supporting two 9-10th grade national teams. Two years ago the 9-10th grade duals were moved from Castle Rock Colo to Des Moines Iowa. They will once again be held in Des Moines at the Lee Paulmic Nationals Duals over March 31st to April 2nd. These teams are influential in the growth of Wrestling at a high level interstate. Most wrestlers who have been on these teams go on to have high success at the NSAA high school State tournament in Feb. To qualify you have to be the top two highest placing 9-10th grader in your weight class at AAU State in Kearney on Sunday March 12th.(Juniors can only qualify for Disney Duals or Texas Mat Bash)

Girls wrestling is coming to Nebraska in a big way! With the NSAA looking to add girls wrestling to the high school state tournament. We are looking to develop are states current and incoming wrestlers to a new level. The Lee Paulmic Duals in Des Moines will be adding a few girls divisions this year. Nebraska AAU will be fully supporting these divisions this year. Team Nebraska will have one high school and junior high all girls dual teams. Elementary is a possibility down the road for the girls division and if they add it Nebraska will field a team. With more and more girls wrestling we ask that if your wrestler is interested in making these teams, you should have them wrestle at AAU State in Kearney on March 12th and also contact the duals director with interest. Wrestlers who wrestle at AAU State will get first priority in making these teams by directors discretion. We plan to add more Girls National teams at all age levels in the near future.

Texas Duals Mat Bash in Dallas Texas is a exciting new duals series we are adding to this years line up. Last year a class A high school from Nebraska and wrestlers from around the state, took two teams down to Dallas to compete in this awesome tournament. The A team did extremely well and made the gold bracket after pool play. After seeing the competition and teams from around the country we decided this was a huge opportunity for our states development in the summer. This tournament is in late July right outside of Dallas/Fort Worth area. Unlike are other programs such as Junior high, 9-10th grade, and Disney All-Star teams. All three of these programs national teams are made from the wrestlers getting 1st or 2nd in there weight class at AAU State in Kearney on Sunday March 12th. We will look to fill the Texas Dual teams from further down the weight class i.e. 3rd and 4th place at AAU State. This will enable us to give more opportunities to more wrestlers in our state at a national level.

Lastly we are excited for another great year for the Nebraska’s Disney dual teams. This year we will be adding one developmental team. Nebraska already supports two All-Star teams. What is the developmental team? The developmental team is the best wrestlers in our state who did not place at the NSAA high school state tournament. Again to make this team you must wrestle at the AAU State tournament in Kearney on Sunday March 12th. This brings us to are two All-Star Disney Dual teams. Last year was the first year that brought the qualifier in order to make the Disney dual team. It made wrestlers earn there spot at AAU state. No longer is it picked by coaching staff the best wrestler goes from the state determined by the qualifier on March 12th. This change again will hopefully bring some of the best match ups between class A,B,C, and D that we’ve ever seen at the high school level! Again bringing the Disney teams to the qualifier is that these teams can be heavily funded by the organization now making it more cost effective where are wrestlers to go on this expensive trip. We plan to continue to grow these teams in the future with more and more of are states wrestlers coming to make these amazing dual teams and wrestling trips.

The key to all of these different divisions for the AAU Nebraska national dual teams is getting the best wrestlers in the state to wrestle at the qualifier on Sunday March 12th.

AAU state on March 12th is the only way to qualify for these 12+ teams. So make sure to get our best wrestlers in the state of Nebraska has to offer to AAU state in Kearney, Nebraska.

Looking forward to an exciting year in duals for Team Nebraska.

Rob Pilcher
Nebraska AAU National Duals Director

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