2021 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – TaG – June 4

Norberg extends lead in standings as #1 driver

Ryan Norberg extends his lead in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings (Photo: EKN)

The month of June marks the halfway point of the 2021 karting season, with six more months of racing remaining on the year. Numbers are increasing across the board, at the national, regional and club level. The EKN TaG Driver Rankings increased to nearly 370 drivers earning points over the last 12 months, with many added their name since the last release in April. What hasn’t changed is the same name at the top of the standings with Ryan Norberg continuing to hold the number one position at the halfway point of 2021.

Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was able to increase his lead with a victory at the SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals in Utah. The lead is now 84 over Luca Mars (TKG / Tony Kart), who has missed the last few major karting events to focus on his MX-5 program. Remaining in the third position is Arias Deukmedjian (KSNA / Kart Republic) who was unable to improve his score at the USPKS event at New Castle.

Also holding onto fourth is the 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Bryson Morris, who is just 36 points back of Mars. Morris (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) has also been focusing on his path in car racing, winning at the recent Spec MX-5 event in the seat he won at the Mazda Motorsports Shootout, and also diving into some open wheel racing as well.

Moving up one position to fifth is the top rookie Connor Zilisch (Team Nitro Kart / Redspeed). Zilisch saw his win streak come to an end at the SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals, having won at least one main event in all his major events in 2021. His results since April, including a second USPKS victory on the year helped add to his score along with a P4 in Utah, just 200 points away from Norberg.

The April release had a lot of comments questioning why Zilisch was not the #1 after the great opening months he had to begin the 2021 season. To start, I ask readers to review the guidelines of the program. This is a measurement of the last 12 months. For now, it includes results from June 5, 2020 to June 4, 2021. Thus, the entire SKUSA Summer Festival is still included in the standings along with all other events after the June date for 2020. We did, however, do a little diving into the standings, using the best seven results for Zilisch and Norberg of just the 2021 events thus far. That calculates Norberg still with the advantage from December 2020 to June 2021. We won’t publish those numbers right now, as there is plenty of racing still left in the 2021 season to decide the standings as we move forward through the racing season.

Behind Zilisch in the standings is now Hannah Greenemeier and Branyon Tiner. The two Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) drivers had a solid weekend at the SKUSA Pro Tour. Greenemeier became the first female driver to win at the SKUSA Pro Tour in its 12-year history, getting that elusive victory on Sunday. Her results over the last two months jumped her three spots in the standings to sixth. Tiner had his best weekend performance with two runner-up results, elevating him one position to sevenths.

Those three drivers moving up dropped Brandon Jarsocrak (MDR / Kosmic) down to eighth. The four-time defending USPKS champion was not able to improve his score at the New Castle event, opting out of the SKUSA Pro Tour in 2021. Also dropping two spots with no new events is Braden Eves (MPG / WPK). Eves is currently second in the Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires championship standings after eight rounds. Completing the top-10 is Pauly Massimino (MDR / Kosmic) jumping back up to 10th, dropping Phillip Arscott (MPG / WPK) down to 11th. Massimino improved his score at the USPKS New Castle event.


Upcoming EKN TaG Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
6/6/21 Colorado Karting Tour #3 Senior Rotax Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
6/6/21 Colorado Karting Tour #3 Open TaG Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
6/12/21 ICP Cup #5 TaG Senior PSGKA Kart Track Spanaway, WA 8
6/13/21 California Rok Championship #2 Senior ROK Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, CA 8.5
6/13/21 ICP Cup #6 TaG Senior PSGKA Kart Track Spanaway, WA 8
6/13/21 Stars and Stripes Trophy East #2 Rotax Senior United Karting Hanover, MD 8
6/13/21 Stars Championship Series #2 X30 Stars Pittsburgh International Race Complex Wampum, PA 8.5
6/13/21 Texas Sprint Racing Series #3 X30 Senior Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8
6/19/21 California ProKart Challenge #2 X30 Senior CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8.5
6/20/21 California ProKart Challenge #3 X30 Senior CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8.5
6/20/21 Colorado Karting Tour #4 Senior Rotax IMI Motorsports Dacono, CO 8
6/20/21 Colorado Karting Tour #4 Open TaG IMI Motorsports Dacono, CO 8
6/20/21 Rok Sonoma #4 Senior Rok Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, CA 8
6/20/21 Utah State Championship #5 Senior TaG Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 8
6/26/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #1 IAME Senior Andersen Racepark Palmetto, FL 8
6/27/21 Los Angeles Karting Championship #5 X30 Pro CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
6/27/21 Stars and Stripes Trophy East #3 Rotax Senior LaFayette Motorsports Park LaFayette, NY 8
6/27/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #2 IAME Senior Andersen Racepark Palmetto, FL 8

(Photo: EKN)

TaG #1 – Ryan Norberg
Orlando, Florida

The month of May was just what Ryan Norberg needed. Norberg was able to secure his first USPKS victory since his first win in 2013. The RPG / Kosmic driver won at New Castle, the track that he went 0-6 at the 2020 SKUSA Summer Festival to lose the SKUSA Pro Tour title. That got the monkey off his back. He carried that momentum into the SKUSA SpringNationals in Utah, claiming his first SKUSA victory since the 2019 campaign where he won both main events. A slight mistake in the Prefinal Sunday cost him the opportunity for the double, and may be the hinder toward reclaiming the SKUSA Pro Tour title for a record fifth time. We will find out more on that in August at the SummerNationals.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #1 9.5 4 1065
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 9.5 3 1076
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #3 9.5 3 1076
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 9.5 3 1072
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 2 1087
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 4 1065
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #3 9.5 1 1086

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.86
Average Points: 1075.3
Total Points: 7527

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(Photo: Trinity Karting Group)

TaG #2 – Luca Mars
Sewickley, Pennsylvania

I think it is safe to say ‘The Karting Cycle’ is still intact for Luca Mars. The now Trinity Karting Group driver was able to place 1st through sixth in the six different rounds of the SKUSA Summer Festival in 2020. With four rounds completed in the SKUSA Pro Tour in 2021, no driver has results in place that can match that record. The cycle helped promote Mars to the co-#1 for the 2020 season. His last race was the SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals, placing seventh. Now, his focus is primarily with the MX-5 program and preparing for the 2021 SCCA Runoffs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We can assume he won’t be back in a kart until after that, so don’t be surprised to see Mars show up at some major karting events at the end of the season.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #1 9.5 6 1043
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 9.5 1 1098
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #3 9.5 2 1087
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 9.5 3 1072
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 9.5 5 1050
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #6 9.5 4 1061
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 7 1032

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.0
Average Points: 1063.3
Total Points: 7443

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(Photo: EKN)

TaG #3 – Arias Deukmedjian
Merritt Island, Florida

Alongside Mars at the of the 2020 season in the EKN Driver Rankings was Arias Deukmedjian. The KSNA / Kart Republic driver finished third in the SKUSA Pro Tour chase and fifth at the USPKS championship, earning key victories on the season. Arias started out the 2021 USPKS program with a victory, but was unable to return to the podium at the New Castle weekend. He is not competing in the SKUSA Pro Tour this year, with a focus on the F4 US Championship open wheel program. Arias has recorded three top-four finishes in the first six rounds of the 2021 championship with the next event set for the end of June at Mid-Ohio.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
United States Pro Kart Series ’20 #1 9 1 1036
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 9.5 2 1087
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 9.5 1 1094
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 9.5 2 1083
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #6 9.5 3 1072
SKUSA Winter Series 2021 #2 9 1 1028
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #1 1 1036

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.57
Average Points: 1062.3
Total Points: 7436


EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in the TaG and Shifterkart categories to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have also included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix, and other special races.

Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2021, the SKUSA SuperNationals will receive a score of 10 in its initial weighting in the TaG and Shifterkart categories. A base ranking of 9.5 is set for the SKUSA Pro Tour, while a base ranking of 9 goes to the SKUSA Winter Series, United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour, Challenge of the Americas, ROK the RIO, Rotax Grand Nationals, Rock Island Grand Prix, and California ProKart Challenge. Other national and regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.0.

The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any event to be considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.

Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, while the number of existing top-50 drivers entered offers another full point or fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race.

Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second-place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.


EKN TaG Driver Rankings – as of April 4, 2021

Pos. Apr. 2 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Ryan Norberg 34 7527
2. 2 NC Luca Mars 18 7443
3. 3 NC Arias Deukmedjian 22 7436
4. 4 NC Bryson Morris 12 7407
5. 6 1 Connor Zilisch 13 7323
6. 9 3 Hannah Greenemeier 19 7322
7. 8 1 Branyon Tiner 29 7316
8. 5 -3 Brandon Jarsocrak 16 7302
9. 7 -2 Braden Eves 9 7227
10. 11 1 Pauly Massimino 20 7160
11. 10 -1 Phillip Arscott 8 7129
12. 12 NC Thomas Nepveu 16 7091
13. 13 NC Diego Ramos 9 7041
14. 14 NC Jonathan Portz 21 7017
15. 18 3 Thomas Annunziata 19 6961
16. 25 9 Jake Drew 8 6943
17. 15 -2 Brandon Lemke 11 6939
18. 16 -2 Aaron Benoit 28 6937
19. 17 -2 Mathias Ramirez 12 6862
20. 19 -1 Alex Stanfield 13 6814
21. 30 9 Nathaniel Cicero 13 6748
22. 36 14 Dante Yu 10 6742
23. 20 -3 Diego Contecha 11 6731
24. 35 11 John Burke 11 6714
25. 21 -4 Hayden Jones 25 6704
26. 22 -4 Jace Denmark-Gessel 8 6681
27. 23 -4 Nick Ramirez 8 6655
28. 24 -4 Cole Morgan 10 6625
29. 26 -3 Maximilian Opalski 12 6612
30. 27 -3 Santiago Trisini 9 6581
31. 88 57 Jace Park 8 6576
32. 28 -4 Luke Lange 21 6533
33. 29 -4 Jacob Gulick 10 6529
34. 34 NC Alessandro de Tullio 9 6501
35. 31 -4 Ryan Shehan 19 6453
36. 32 -4 Finnegan Bayliff 22 6387
37. 41 4 Macy Williams 9 6348
38. 33 -5 Liam Letzsch 8 6307
39. 38 -1 Tyler McIntyre 10 6288
40. 45 5 Aidan Fox 15 6188
41. 37 -4 Jenson Altzman 11 6175
42. 69 27 Ethan Ho 10 6154
43. 43 NC Lucas Fecury 16 6136
44. 61 17 Filip Niemkiewicz 8 6132
45. 39 -6 Joey Brienza 9 6088
46. 40 -6 Reilly Cann 17 6082
47. 48 1 Trey Brown 10 6028
48. 63 15 Justin White 7 6006
49. 50 1 Timothy Carel 14 6004
50. 92 42 Ryan Vincent 7 5930
51. 44 -7 Emiliano Richards 7 5902
52. 111 59 Gabe Tesch 7 5893
53. 46 -7 Michael Mallardi 20 5845
54. 47 -7 Julia Boos 10 5832
55. 42 -13 Elliott Budzinski 8 5794
56. 49 -7 Kevin Raventos 14 5758
57. 105 48 Andrew Chapman 8 5693
58. 77 19 Tahlon Yockel 8 5686
59. 125 66 Mathieu Cousineau 7 5665
60. 53 -7 Logan Vajda 15 5647
61. 52 -9 George Megennis 7 5625
62. 54 -8 Christian Brooks 6 5573
63. 51 -12 Logan Mueller 7 5556
64. 56 -8 Haopeng Zhang 7 5514
65. 87 22 Nicholas D'Andrea 7 5495
66. 55 -11 Alex Nowysz 8 5438
67. 72 5 Ashley Rogero 6 5409
68. 79 11 Oscar Panozzo 7 5400
69. 91 22 Edward Portz 6 5396
70. 57 -13 Zach Holden 6 5359
71. 90 19 Westin Workman 6 5341
72. 58 -14 Renato Jader David 8 5298
73. 59 -14 Santiago Fernandez 8 5273
74. 60 -14 Colby DuBato 6 5261
75. 62 -13 Jorge Quiroz 7 5230
76. 64 -12 Armin Cavkusic 6 5083
77. 131 54 Kieran Rogers 6 5017
78. 65 -13 Ryan Martin 6 5015
79. 66 -13 Olin Galli 6 4987
80. 73 -7 Gavin Bayliff 6 4938
81. 67 -14 Connor Ferris 6 4917
82. 68 -14 Hallie Schroeder 6 4869
83. 70 -13 Pablo Perez de Lara 6 4822
84. 130 46 Kyriakos Sioukas 5 4735
85. 102 17 Santiago Benito 6 4682
86. 71 -15 Austin Reichl 6 4646
87. 112 25 Oliver Calvo 5 4463
88. 74 -14 Gunnar Bischoff 5 4244
89. 75 -14 Tyler Snow 5 4174
90. 76 -14 Jeshua Allanell 5 4102
91. 78 -13 Lucas Staico 5 4004
92. - - Oliver Hodgson 4 4004
93. 80 -13 Cole Schroeder 5 3958
94. 81 -13 Sebastian Montoya 4 3881
95. 82 -13 Matthew Duncovich 5 3872
96. 83 -13 Dylan Thurman 5 3833
97. 84 -13 Juan Vega 5 3817
98. 85 -13 Tyler Lemp 5 3779
99. 86 -13 Dylan Amundsen 5 3768
100. 89 -11 Andrew Zimmer 4 3593
101. 93 -8 Colin Neal 4 3388
102. 94 -8 Jacob Heavlow 5 3371
103. 95 -8 Adrian Cruz 4 3292
104. 96 -8 Jack Harmuth 4 3285
105. 97 -8 Ryan Punsalan 4 3279
106. 98 -8 Kyffin Simpson 4 3263
107. - - Monroe Jordan 4 3256
108. - - Christopher Mann 4 3232
109. 99 -10 Axel Cabrera 4 3205
110. 115 5 Matt Goddard 4 3204
111. 119 8 Chris Verrino 4 3201
112. 100 -12 Frederik Lund 4 3184
113. 101 -12 Aiden Kenny 4 3176
114. - - Gracie Brown 4 3146
115. 123 8 Valentin Andrieux 4 3139
116. 103 -13 Massimo Sanchez-Lara 4 3138
117. 163 46 Justin Dittrich 4 3133
118. - - Amanda Smalley 4 3130
119. 142 23 Sutter Gabel 4 3078
120. 106 -14 Chris Dietel 4 3075
121. 107 -14 Jon Rosado 4 3059
122. 108 -14 Jake Venberg 4 3053
123. 164 41 Octavio Rosales 4 2979
124. 109 -15 Matthew Mockabee 4 2924
125. 110 -15 Kai Palomino 4 2875
126. 113 -13 Noah Harmon 3 2496
127. 114 -13 Andre Lafond 3 2478
128. 116 -12 Arul Venkatesh 3 2435
129. 117 -12 Dylan Beckwith 3 2432
130. 118 -12 Alejandro Jaramillo 3 2422
131. 120 -11 Ian Quinn 3 2394
132. 121 -11 Kenny Elwood 3 2358
133. 122 -11 Robert Megennis 3 2352
134. 149 15 Jack Manzari 3 2345
135. 104 -31 Brennan Hanville 3 2306
136. 124 -12 Colin Warren 3 2289
137. - - Serkan Ketenci 3 2240
138. 126 -12 Jack Scanlon 3 2192
139. 127 -12 Jacob Andrew 3 2186
140. 128 -12 Sam Paley 3 2109
141. 129 -12 Zachary Hollingshead 2 1896
142. - - Louie Westover 2 1848
143. - - Tevin Robbins 2 1836
144. 132 -12 Mauricio J. Hernandez Guillen 2 1752
145. 133 -12 Victor Franzoni 2 1730
146. - - Alex Siragusa 2 1727
147. 135 -12 Dominic Giansiracusa 2 1709
148. 136 -12 Blake Nash 2 1689
149. 137 -12 Joseph Daniele 2 1689
150. 138 -12 Rodrigo Piquet 2 1686
151. 139 -12 Nick Brueckner 2 1678
152. - - Ricky Worley 2 1663
153. 140 -13 Mateo Villagomez 2 1659
154. - - Gabe Sessler 2 1654
155. 204 49 Jack Hixson 2 1645
156. 141 -15 Seth Timmons 2 1643
157. 143 -14 Bryce Stevens 2 1635
158. 144 -14 Jason Holycross 2 1634
159. 145 -14 Brent Crews 2 1632
160. 184 24 Julian Peacock 2 1623
161. - - Adam Smalley 2 1619
162. 146 -16 Tavish McGrain 2 1618
163. 147 -16 Daniel Callegaris Costa 2 1616
164. - - Justin Simpson 2 1611
165. 148 -17 Xavier Carde 2 1605
166. 150 -16 Tyler Ferris 2 1596
167. - - Derek Wang 2 1595
168. 151 -17 Martin Arias 2 1590
169. 152 -17 Alexander Dancho 2 1583
170. 153 -17 Arie Venberg 2 1582
171. - - Seth Appel 2 1578
172. 154 -18 Adam Yasin 2 1577
173. - - Neil Carvalho 2 1577
174. 155 -19 Dylan Dietel 2 1572
175. - - Alex Westlund 2 1568
176. 156 -20 Margot Murphy 2 1564
177. 157 -20 Thomas Radivoy 2 1556
178. 158 -20 Andres Ardiles 2 1550
179. 159 -20 Collin Haun 2 1549
180. 160 -20 Floyd Kerr Jr. 2 1547
181. 161 -20 Ben Varner 2 1543
182. 162 -20 Nicholas Andries 2 1543
183. - - Joey McGuire 2 1535
184. - - Travis Roop 2 1535
185. - - Leonardo Hassan 2 1525
186. 165 -21 Kol Bailey 2 1522
187. 166 -21 Joshua Wright 2 1517
188. 167 -21 Alex Zhang 2 1511
189. 168 -21 Trevor Sandridge 2 1509
190. - - Jeff Westlund 2 1502
191. 169 -22 Louie Pagano 2 1501
192. 170 -22 Rodrigo Gutierrez 2 1498
193. 171 -22 Terrin Odom 2 1492
194. 172 -22 Diego Rodriguez 2 1484
195. - - Marcus McDuffie 2 1477
196. 173 -23 Alan Isambard 2 1440
197. 174 -23 Tim Horrell 2 1440
198. 175 -23 Christopher Barrios 2 1378
199. 176 -23 Ben Cooper 1 945
200. 177 -23 Cedrik Lupien 1 908
201. 178 -23 Alex Bertagnoli 1 901
202. 179 -23 Felipe Carvajal-Salvany 1 894
203. 180 -23 Evan Hagberg 1 888
204. 181 -23 Diego Ortiz 1 884
205. - - Cody Diggs 1 880
206. 182 -24 Brody Shucard 1 877
207. 183 -24 Nicholas Terlecki 1 876
208. 134 -74 Kyle Ford 1 867
209. 185 -24 Michael Michoff 1 865
210. 186 -24 Cade Downes 1 860
211. - - Tyler Wettengel 1 858
212. 187 -25 Maomao Xu 1 849
213. 188 -25 Chase Jones 1 845
214. - - Gavin Iby 1 841
215. 189 -26 Jason Conzo 1 840
216. 190 -26 Alejandro Nieto 1 839
217. 191 -26 Travis Wiley 1 839
218. 192 -26 Daniel Fellows 1 836
219. 193 -26 Clare Tracy 1 831
220. 194 -26 Tommy Traylor 1 828
221. 195 -26 Olivia Rieding 1 827
222. 196 -26 Chloe Chambers 1 824
223. 197 -26 Aiden Levy 1 823
224. - - Alex Dancho 1 823
225. 198 -27 Chris Carel 1 823
226. 199 -27 Ethan Barrett 1 820
227. 200 -27 Nathan Martin 1 820
228. 201 -27 Nathan Nicholson 1 818
229. 202 -27 Mikhail Kalugin 1 817
230. 203 -27 Calvin Wetzel 1 814
231. - - Rylie Ramroop 1 814
232. 205 -27 Adam Rylance 1 810
233. 206 -27 Beckett Andrew 1 810
234. - - Shek Liu 1 806
235. 207 -28 Austin Monte 1 805
236. - - Douglas Creesy 1 804
237. 208 -29 Laurent Legault 1 803
238. 209 -29 Camryn Reed 1 800
239. - - Nicholas Frangoulis 1 798
240. 210 -30 Mark Boos 1 797
241. 211 -30 Nick Monte 1 796
242. - - Ian Bland 1 795
243. 212 -31 Adam Maxwell 1 791
244. 213 -31 Logan McDonough 1 789
245. - - Clayton Byers 1 787
246. - - Ian Pirie 1 787
247. 214 -33 Mario Bianco 1 786
248. 215 -33 Viraj Bhalla 1 786
249. 216 -33 Nolan Bower 1 784
250. - - Ayden Rose 1 781
251. 217 -34 Peyton McDonough 1 780
252. - - Aaron Farhadi 1 779
253. 218 -35 Taylor Moss 1 778
254. 219 -35 Sam McDougall 1 776
255. 220 -35 Garrett Johnston 1 775
256. 221 -35 Samuel Ruck 1 774
257. - - Cameron Martineau 1 772
258. 222 -36 Neil Faulkner 1 772
259. 223 -36 Thomas Treia 1 770
260. 224 -36 Cooper Heffley 1 769
261. - - James Carson 1 765
262. 225 -37 Daniel Cara 1 763
263. 226 -37 Lucas Pernod 1 762
264. 227 -37 Morgan Lebaron 1 744
265. - - Brendon Davis 1 738
266. 228 -38 Elsharkawi Mahmoud 1 736
267. 229 -38 Matt Carlesso 1 727

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