HISTORY of the ULTIMATE DUALS
The Ultimate Duals made its debut on January 18th, 1997. The original intention for the Duals was to be a Raider Mat Club fund-raiser to benefit the Brookville Area High School wrestling program. As the Duals developed into the premier AA wrestling event, the goals evolved into bringing the six top AA Pennsylvania wrestling programs to one site, as well as bringing recognition to AA wrestling throughout the state.
In 1996 the ideas behind this type of event began to become a reality. By the end of the 1996 wrestling season, three gentlemen now regarded as the founding fathers of the Ultimate Duals, started laying the groundwork for a new wrestling event. The gentlemen responsible for this event were Lenny Ferraro (Head Wrestling Coach 1994-1998), Bob Geer (Raider Mat Club president 1996-1999), and Frank Manco (Ultimate Duals Director 1997-2000). Through careful planning, great insight, and a tremendous passion for high school wrestling, these men created and influenced the Ultimate Duals in ways that are still felt today. Their accomplishments were realized when the Ultimate Duals was termed “The major class AA wrestling event in Pennsylvania” according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in 1997. In 2002 the Duals expanded to a 2 day event with 9 teams, the gentlemen responsible for the expansion were Scott Park (Ultimate Duals Director 2001-2003) and Ben Fiscus (Ultimate Duals Director 2004-present). In 2005, the Duals took a new twist when it turned into a 2 day dual meet tournament which aloud 8 teams to get 5 matches a piece and turn it into a very fan friendly event. In 2007, we had to switch back to a one day event due to PIAA rules.
Over the last 22 years of this prestigious event, spectators have had the privilege of watching some of the best AA individual wrestlers and wrestling teams compete in an intimate gymnasium setting. Individually, there have been 562 state qualifiers, 353 state place winners, 99 state finalists and 51 state champions compete during the life of the Ultimate Duals. Looking at the various teams that have participated in the Duals, there have been numerous place winners from the State Wrestling Tournaments held every March in Hershey. Specifically, there have been 10 third place teams (1999 Reynolds, 2000 Northern Lehigh, 2001 Shady Side Academy, 2003 Brandywine Heights, 2004 Reynolds, 2009 Reynolds, 2012 Fort Leboeuf, 2013 Saegertown, 2015 Saegertown & 2017 Bishop McCort) and 10 runner-ups (1999 Brookville, 2000 Claysburg-Kimmel, 2001 Reynolds, 2003 Reynolds, 2004 Bloomsburg, 2006 Northern Lehigh, 2007 Line Mountain, 2011 Reynolds, 2012 Reynolds & 2014 Brookville). The Ultimate Duals also has displayed the wrestling talents of 13 Wrestling Team State Champions (1998 Reynolds, 1999 Wyalusing, 2000 Wyalusing, 2004 Loyalsock, 2005 Reynolds, 2006 Reynolds/La Plata, MD, 2007 Reynolds, 2011 Burrell, 2015 Reynolds, 2016 Brookville & 2017-18 Reynolds). With the PIAA creation of the Team Dual Meet Tournament in 1999, the Ultimate Duals has displayed the talents of 14 Team Dual Meet State Champions (1999 Brookville, 2000 Wyalusing, 2001 Wilson Area, 2003 Juniata, 2004 Bloomsburg, 2005 Northern Lehigh, 2006 Reynolds/La Plata, MD, 2007 Reynolds/La Plata, MD, 2009 Reynolds, 2016 Brookville & 2017-18 Reynolds), 10 runner-ups (1999 Wyalusing, 2001 Shady Side Academy, 2003 Brockway, 2005 Reynolds, 2006 Northern Lehigh, 2010 Reynolds, 2011 Fort Leboeuf , 2013 Reynolds, 2014 Reynolds & 2015 Chestnut Ridge), 7 third places (2006 Mt. Pleasant, 2008 Reynolds, 2011 Burrell, 2012 Fort Leboeuf, 2015-16 Reynolds & 2018 Chestnut Ridge) and 4 fourth places (2005 Mt. Pleasant, 2010 Ridgway, 2012 Brookville & 2017 Brookville).