2016 Results

Matteson Brothers
2016 KanJam World Champions
Matteson Brothers
Austin Matteson & Connor Matteson

New World Champions crowned!

Brothers claim their first KanJam World title

Without a question, the 2016 KanJam World Championship marked the toughest weather conditions in the history of the tournament, and was no doubt the windiest year ever. Officially, 90 teams hailing from 12 different states, Canada, and Europe (The Netherlands) competed on August 13th in North Tonawanda, NY, home of KanJam. They battled the extreme heat and super windy conditions for the title of KanJam World Champions.

At the end of the day, it came down to a matchup of two #1 seeds facing off in the World Championship Finals. Matteson Brothers (Austin Matteson & Connor Matteson) from North Tonawanda, NY, went up against The Heroes of Kanton (Adam Williams from Tonawanda, NY and TJ Burns from Cheektowaga, NY). After splitting the first two games, Matteson Brothers won the next three games to claim their first KanJam World Championship title in just their second year.

Overall

OVERALL STANDINGS
Official Ranks including Playoffs

RankTeamWL
1Matteson Brothers425
2The Heroes of Kanton3910
3Skillz That Killz3511
4Shirley Temple Black3110
5Young Guns319
6PhiLorkus2612
7No Big Deal297
8The Showstoppers!2413
9Team Hendrix239
10TEAM 6 it2212
11Not Hammered But Tipsy248
12Kardiac Kids2310
13Serenity Now!1910
14Takin' the Wind2213
15Double Tap2512
16Stallion Survivors2112
17ChAleX209
18No practice - No worries139
19Backyard Kings2013
20Game of Throws179
21Team Domination1710
22Nacho y Esqueleto1813
23Kan-On Fire1614
24Won Handed1611
25Slackers1613
26The Buffalo Ills1414
27Hold my beer and watch this1715
28Kan Jobs1516
29Vadew1312
30Disciples of Saint Jam1714
31Topper & Co1513
32716ers1315

 

Determined by regular season seedings, playoff records, and regular season records against other playoff teams.

Dinger

AMERICAN KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
DINGER DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1The Heroes of Kanton221
2PhiLorkus165
3TEAM 6 it166
4No practice - No worries135
5Playground Legends137
6Stallion Survivors138
7Game of Throws124
8The French Toastmen127
9Won Handed127
10NH Slot Patrol1110
11Stud Muffins109
12716ers1010
13Daddy Daykare910
14Slotter House96
15Venomous Ducks811
16Team L&M811
17The Van Buren Boys710
17Jam Session711
19Believeland512
20Ebony and Ivory410
20Carnivore Piledrivers415
22The Abusement Park313
22Tranny Fluid313

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

Bucket

AMERICAN KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
BUCKET DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1Skillz That Killz212
2Young Guns203
3Kardiac Kids185
4Takin' the Wind176
5Backyard Kings148
6We The North149
7Just Tap It In148
8Team Domination136
9ROCford Peaches138
10Slackers129
11Kan Jobs1112
12Dingers4Days1111
13Three Goggles1012
14What'sItToYa1012
15Amerikans1013
16Dinkin Flicka1010
17Jam Free or Die912
18Von Jam Brothers911
19Belligerent Studs713
20Mother chuckers613
21Rembrandt Masters513
22Kan You Dig It?216
23Ridisculous118

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

Deuce

NATIONAL KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
DEUCE DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1Team Hendrix173
2Shirley Temple Black174
3Serenity Now!156
4The Showstoppers!145
5The Benchwarmers138
6Rooks129
7Rump and Dump119
8CanAm Jam119
9Kan-On Fire118
10The Buffalo Ills118
11Vadew108
12Topper & Co108
13Redemption109
13The Reyes Railroad109
15Just The Tip109
16Pipe Time812
17Moby Disc811
18716BashBros812
19Beach Bums515
20The Overwatch516
21Slightly Discfunctional318

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

Hammer

NATIONAL KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
HAMMER DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1Matteson Brothers221
2No Big Deal212
3Not Hammered But Tipsy194
4ChAleX185
5Double Tap176
6Ultimate Bros176
7Team Volliano167
8Nacho y Esqueleto158
9Billieve149
10Hold my beer and watch this149
11Disciples of Saint Jam149
12Team Monty1310
13Wheatfield Warriors1211
14Team Ryko1013
15Team Tsujimoto1013
16Pure Michigan914
17House Lannister815
18Tune Squad716
19DISCiples 4 Christ518
20Granny's Dentures518
21West Windsor419
22The Jamolympians419
23Team Hammer320

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

This marked the first year with Jayce Grefrath at helm by himself as the tournament coordinator. Last year, Jayce shared duties with Paul Swisher (KanJam co-inventor and long-time World Championship coordinator). After all teams checked-in and received their team bags, Jayce got everyone pumped up and ready to go. With conclusion of the opening announcements, Jayce shared his own opening KanJam song (see highlights video toward end of this page), as teams dispersed to their assigned divisions to start the tournament.

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Annoucements
Jayce Grefrath, game-day tournament coordinator, gets the tournament started
REGULAR SEASON

All 90 teams were randomly divided into one of two conferences, each consisting of two divisions (four divisions total). As in the past, these were the American KanJam Conference, composed of the Dinger (Red) & Bucket (Blue) Divisions, and the National KanJam Conference, composed of the Deuce (Yellow) & Hammer (Green) Divisions. Each division had their own marked area, which included about 15 courts.

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90 teams
Teams came from 12 different states, 1 Canadian province, and Europe

In the Regular Season, the goal was for teams to play every team in their division one game to 21 points within their division only (approximately 20-22 games). Since teams were ranked on a basis of total wins, everyone was encouraged to play at a continuous pace within the three-hour time limit. The first half of regular season play went relatively smooth until the wind picked up, resulting in wind gusts of 25+ mph. For the teams in the open area (Dinger and Bucket divisions), this resulted in KanJam goals blowing around and longer games. As a result, regular season play was extended to accommodate the weather elements. Even still, teams in these divisions had a tough time completing all their games, but in the end, it didn't matter as teams were ranked based on the total amount of wins they accumulated. Most teams in the Deuce and Hammer divisions were able to complete all their games. No question, 2016 marked the most Instant Wins ever seen in regular season play, as teams chalked up wins by way of the slot or top shot.

For the 6th year, KanJam referees circulated the regular season to ensure fair and consistent play, resolve any disputes, and answer any rules questions that would arise. They would also help out in the playoffs and officiate games later on. A total of four referees helped out in the 2016 KanJam World Championship, with one referee assigned per division. The two lead referees in each conference, Mike Matikosh (5th year as ref) and Brian Schultz (1st year), had walkie-talkies to easily communicate with each other and Jayce in the main pavilion. This was especially important for communicating any weather delays. Fortunately, the storm avoided North Tonawanda, NY and there was no rain or lightning at the tournament, only the super windy conditions. The other two referees helping out for the first time were Matt Eisenberg and Evan Eisenberg.

With conclusion of the regular season, teams headed in to grab lunch, special thanks to the North Tonawanda Police. During the break in action, the referees and Jayce reviewed all the team folders to determine playoff teams.

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As with prior tournaments, the top 12 teams from each division made the playoffs, with the top four receiving a "bye" for the first round. There were two teams that finished the Regular Season with just one loss. In the Dinger Division, The Heroes of Kanton put up an impressive 22-1 record to claim the top seed, losing their only game to an Instant Win over the top. In the other conference, Matteson Brothers earned the number one seed for the second straight year, also putting up a record of 22-1 in the Hammer Division. Both teams were just one win shy of an undefeated Regular Season record, something that has still never been done in the history of the KanJam World Championship.

Here are all the teams that have been close in acheiving a perfect Regular Season since divisional play started in 2008:

  • 2016 - Matteson Brothers: 22-1
  • 2016 - The Heroes of Kanton: 22-1
  • 2015 - Young Guns: 21-1
  • 2013 - Team Domination: 24-1
  • 2009 - Rebel Survivors: 26-1

The other top seeds were Skillz That Killz (Mitchel Ryberg & Matthew Ryberg, NY) in the Bucket Division with a record of 21-2, while Team Hendrix (Robert Boyd & Mike Saladyga, NY) from the Deuce Division earned the top spot in their first World Championship with a record of 17-3.

Surprisingly, there were no "shootouts" needed to break any ties in seedings, as all ties were broken by head-to-head play. For the second straight year, the KanJam World Championship welcomed the European Champions, this time hailing from The Netherlands. Their team was Rembrandt Masters (Jos Diepeveen & Bertus van Lagen). Although they did not make the playoffs, they proudly represented Europe and had a very positive experience competing against the best teams in the world.

Rembrandt Masters
Rembrandt Masters
2016 European Champions representing The Netherlands
Gregg Turkovich, KanJam (center) with Jos Diepeveen (left) & Bertus van Lagen (right) at the 2016 KanJam World Championship

Although there were a lot of familiar teams that earned a "bye," there were a couple of teams that earned a top four seed for the first time. In the Dinger Division, PhiLorkus (Phil Schneider & Josh Greenauer, 4-time KanJam World Champion, NY) claimed the #2 seed, followed by TEAM 6 it (Lenny Feldman & Sam Caquias, NY) and No practice - No worries (John DiLorenzo & Giancarlo DiLorenzo, NY). In the Bucket Division, Young Guns (Ajay Cybulski & Charles Rizzo, 2013 Runners-Up, NY) finished the Regular Season as the #2 seed, ahead of Kardiac Kids (Joe Schillero & Dan Schillero, OH) and Takin' the Wind (Brett Johnson & Scott Johnson, 2012 KanJam World Champion, MI).

In the other conference, Shirley Temple Black (Will Smeltzer & Avery DeVoe, PA) earned the #2 seed in the Deuce Division, followed by Serenity Now! (Tim Klavoon, NY & Dan Klavoon, 3-time KanJam World Champion, VA) and The Showstoppers! (Ezra Nicholson & Kurt Watson, ON). Lastly, the other bye teams in the Hammer Division were No Big Deal (Matt Nelson & Shane Nelson, NY), Not Hammered But Tipsy (Adam Moran & Kyle Merrifield, NY), and ChAleX (Chad Cowell & Alex Reinecke, NY).

The entire breakdown by division can be viewed above.

WILD CARD
Playoff teams announced
Playoff teams and Wild Card matchups announced
Seeds #5-#12 in each division competed in Wild Card Round, while top four in each division got a bye

Divisional Wild Card (best of 5) - Seeds #5 through #12 faced off in the first round of the playoffs, while the top four teams from each division earned a "bye." This most certainly was a rare year, one that saw two 2-time KanJam World Champion teams miss the bye and compete in the first round. The 2014 and 2015 KanJam World Champions, Stallion Survivors (Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino, NY) were the #6 seed in the Dinger Division, and advanced after sweeping Stud Muffins (#11, Drew Haney & Jake Forrester, VA) 3-0. Team Domination, 2008 and 2013 KanJam World Champions (Mark Lopian & Bryan Irish-Jones, NY) had the #8 seed in the Bucket Division, and they too advanced after a 3-0 sweep, beating ROCford Peaches (#9, Jen Stanbrough & Gina Baker, NY).

In the other conference, there were a few series that went the distance. The Buffalo Ills (#10, Matt Murphy & Brian Schmidt, NY) upset #7 seed, Rump and Dump (Dan Shea, NY and Mike Andrews, NC) in a close series, 3-2. In another series won 3-2, #9 seed, Kan-On Fire (Drew Lorenzo & Rob Lorenzo, MA) beat #8 seed, CanAm Jam (Jaime Vogt, NY & Trevor McConnery, ON). Over in the Hammer Division, Hold my beer and watch this (#10, Darryl Gear & Joel Blom, ON) defeated Team Volliano (#7, Justin Vollmin & Patrick Mercogliano, NJ) in five games.

As an interesting note, all the lower seeds in the Deuce Division won their series in the first round of the playoffs. See the entire bracket from the playoffs at the bottom of this summary.

DIVISIONAL QUARTER-FINALS
Round 2
Bye teams take on winners from Round 1
Chad Cowell (ChAleX) in action

Divisional Quarter-Finals (best of 7) - With 32 teams remaining, the winners from the Wild Card Round squared off with the top four bye teams. From this point going forward, all playoff rounds were best of 7 game series. There were just two upsets from this round, though one of them was the defending champs. Stallion Survivors (#6) swept their second straight playoff series in the Dinger Division, knocking out #4 seed, No practice - No worries, 4-0. In the Hammer Division, Double Tap (#5, Christopher Zakraysek & Matthew Zakraysek, NY) beat ChAleX (#4), 4-2. The closest series from this round was won by #4 seed, Takin' the Wind, in the Bucket Division, as they beat #5 seed, Backyard Kings (Jeremy Gear & Mac Robinson, ON), 4-3. Also in this division, Kardiac Kids (#3) knocked out 2-time World Champions, Team Domination (#8) in five games.

DIVISIONAL SEMI-FINALS
Playoffs - Round 3
16 remaining teams compete in best of 7 series

Divisional Semi-Finals (best of 7) - With only 16 total teams left, the top seeds certainly proved their spot in round three of the playoffs. In fact, in all but one matchup, both the #1 and #2 seeds in each division advanced. The sole upset was #4 seed, The Showstoppers! knocking out #1 seed, Team Hendrix in the Deuce Division. They won the series 4-2 to advance.

In the Dinger Division, #1 seed, The Heroes of Kanton faced off with Stallion Survivors (#6). After losing the first game to an Instant Win, The Heroes of Kanton continued their hot play and won the next four games, eliminating the defending World Champions. This is the first time as a team Stallion Survivors have been eliminated in the World Championship, and this ended their streak of titles at two. Also in the Dinger Division, PhiLorkus (#2) beat TEAM 6 it (#3), 4-2 to advance. In the Bucket Division, Skillz That Killz (#1) defeated Takin' the Wind (#4) in five games, while Young Guns (#2) knocked out Kardiac Kids (#3), 4-1.

The Heroes of Kanton knock out the defending champs
2-time defending champs knocked out
The Heroes of Kanton eliminate Stallion Survivors, ending their streak

In the National KanJam Conference, Shirley Temple Black (#2) swept their second straight series 4-0 by beating #3 seed, Serenity Now! in the Deuce Division. In the Hammer Division, Matteson Brothers (#1) won their series against Double Tap (#5), 4-1, while #2 seed, No Big Deal defeated #3 seed, Not Hammered But Tipsy, also 4-1.

DIVISIONAL FINALS
Final 8
First international team in the Final 8
Kurt Watson (The Showstoppers!) gets ready to make a bucket

Divisional Finals (best of 7) - Down to eight teams left, the battle for the division was decided. All teams remaining were a #1 or #2 seed, with the exception of one #4 seed. In the National KanJam Conference, Shirley Temple Black (#2) beat The Showstoppers! (#4) in a close series, 4-2 to win the Deuce Division. For The Showstoppers!, they become the first international team (representing Ontario, Canada) to make it to the final eight in the KanJam World Championship. In the Hammer Division, #1 seed, Matteson Brothers squared off against No Big Deal (#2) in a battle of the brothers. Both teams carried a 8-1 playoff record entering this series, setting up a matchup of the two heavyweights. In the end, Matteson Brothers (#1) swept the series 4-0, winning the Hammer Division.

Final 8
Battle of the brothers
Shane Nelson throws to his brother, Matt Nelson (No Big Deal)

Over in the American KanJam Conference, The Heroes of Kanton (#1) defeated PhiLorkus (#2), 4-2 to win the Dinger Division after winning a thrilling Game 6 in double overtime. The final matchup was one to remember, and it featured #1 seed, Skillz That Killz against #2 seed, Young Guns. The series was very close and went back and forth. Skillz That Killz threw an over-the-top direct shot that knocked the goal over. Upon closer inspection, the disc was clearly more than 50% inside the fallen goal, and the shot counted as an Instant Win for Skillz That Killz. The series ultimately went to a deciding Game 7, where the game was tied at 20-20. After a controversial play for one point, referees made the right call as a deflection clearly hit the ground first and Young Guns failed to close out. Needing just one point, Skillz That Killz converted to win the final game and the series 4-3. In doing so, Skillz That Killz won the Bucket Division.

FINAL 4 - CONFERENCE FINALS
Final 4
And then there were four
Will Smeltzer, left (Shirley Temple Black) and Michel Ryberg, right (Skillz That Killz)

Final 4 (Conference Finals, best of 7) - With four teams left, the division champs in each conference met to decide a conference champion. Of the four teams left, only one of them (Matteson Brothers, 2015) made it this far as a team before, though both players from The Heroes of Kanton made the final 4 with prior partners in previous years. A matchup of two #1 seeds decided the winner of the American KanJam Conference, as it was The Heroes of Kanton (Dinger Division) taking on Skillz That Killz (Bucket Division). Skillz That Killz did at one point come close to nailing an Instant Win in the series, but the shot went into the slot and out the top. In a back and forth battle, including a couple of overtime games, The Heroes of Kanton emerged victorious, winning the series 4-2 and advancing to the World Championship Finals after winning the American KanJam Conference.

Final 4
Conference Finals
Adam Willams, left (The Heroes of Kanton) and Avery DeVoe, right (Shirley Temple Black)

In the National KanJam Conference, #1 seed, Matteson Brothers (Hammer Division) took on #2 seed, Shirley Temple Black (Deuce Division). Matteson Brothers took an early 2-1 series lead, but Shirly Temple Black fought back to win game four and tie the series up 2-2. In a pivotal game five, Matteson Brothers won to take a 3-2 series lead. They went on to win the next game to clinch the series 4-2, sending them back to the World Championship Finals as the winners of the National KanJam Conference.

Final 4
FINAL 4
Skillz That Killz, The Heroes of Kanton, Matteson Brothers, & Shirley Temple Black

Mitchel Ryberg, Matthew Ryberg, TJ Burns, Adam Williams, Austin Matteson, Connor Matteson, Avery DeVoe, & Will Smeltzer
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
2016 World Championship Finals
The Heroes of Kanton vs Matteson Brothers
The disc flip to decide The Hammer for Game 1

KanJam World Championship Finals (best of 7) - This is what it all came down to - the best of the best facing off in one final series to determine who would claim the title of 2016 KanJam World Champions. The champion from each conference faced each other for the coveted title. It was a matchup of two #1 seeds - two teams that started the day with only one loss from the Regular Season. How fitting they would meet in the World Championship Finals. From the American KanJam Conference was The Heroes of Kanton (Dinger Division). As an interesting note, it was exactly five years to the day that Adam Williams made it to the Finals back in 2011 under the team Milo's Minions. Fast forward five years, he made it back, this time with TJ Burns as his partner (The Heroes of Kanton). For TJ, he has made it as far as the Final 4 multiple times with different partners (Rich Resig in 2011 as Formidable Baby Crushers, and Jayce Grefrath in 2014 as 10-13), but this was his first trip to the World Championship Finals.

On the other side was Matteson Brothers, representating the National KanJam Conference (Hammer Division). For the Matteson Brothers, it is their second straight World Championship Finals in just their second year. In their short time, they have already made a name for themselves, and were once again in the spotlight with the shot to win it all.

GAME 1 - The Heroes of Kanton had The Hammer for Game 1. Both teams struggled out of the gate, battling the extreme wind with several misses, but still managed a few four point rounds. Matteson Brothers took a 11-10 lead halfway through. Then after trailing 18-13, The Heroes of Kanton got two points to put them in range, still down 18-15. Matteson Brothers got a bucket to close out 21-15. Needing six points to tie, The Heroes of Kanton got a bucket on their first throw to make it 21-18, but could not get the return bucket. Matteson Brothers won Game 1 by a score of 21-18, taking an early 1-0 series lead.

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World Championship Finals
TJ Burns (The Heroes of Kanton) jumps high to make a play

GAME 2 - Matteson Brothers started the next game, but the wind was too much, as they scored zero points in the first round. The Heroes of Kanton put up a bucket on the first throw, and even with the usual, all-out effort of Adam Williams, they could not score on the return throw. The Heroes of Kanton led 3-0. Both teams matched perfect double buckets, bringing to score to 9-6 in favor of The Heroes of Kanton. Once again, they matched, each putting up two-point rounds, bringing the score to 11-8. After trailing 12-15, Matteson Brothers put up double buckets to take the lead, 18-15. With having The Hammer, The Heroes of Kanton scored six points on two great plays, a jump play by TJ Burns and a low slam by Adam Williams, winning Game 2 by a score of 21-18 and tying up the series 1-1.

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World Championship Finals
Adam Williams (The Heroes of Kanton) celebrates after slamming a bucket in Game 2 to tie up the series

GAME 3 - With their usual strategy, Matteson Brothers deferred The Hammer option and chose to go first to stop the momentum of their opponents. After their first throw was taken by the wind and sailed over his head, Austin Matteson threw a nice shot back to put up a 3-0 start. Almost the exact same thing happened to The Heroes of Kanton, with the first throw taking off over TJ's head. The next few throws by both teams resulted in just one total point, until Adam Williams made a nice flip up play for a bucket to put them on the board. Matteson Brothers ultimately took a commanding 14-4 lead on double buckets, and went up 20-6 on another perfect round, thanks to a great one-handed bucket by Connor Matteson. After Matteson Brothers closed out, The Heroes of Kanton needed an Instant Win. After both shots missed, Matteson Brothers won Game 3 by a score of 21-11, taking a 2-1 series lead.

GAME 4 - Matteson Brothers started the next game with four points, followed by three from The Heroes of Kanton on a great jump play by TJ. On a semi-controversial bounce-out play by Connor Matteson, referee called that no second contact was made on the bounce-out, resulting in only point. The Heroes of Kanton took the lead on a great slam by Adam Williams, leading 7-6. Matteson Brothers responded with six points, and after a zero point round by The Heroes of Kanton, the brothers were in control. They expanded their lead to 14-7 after a two-point round. The Heroes of Kanton kept fighting, putting up four more points after a great effort on a dinger by Adam Williams, trailing 14-11. Matteson Brothers made it tough, putting up another six point round for a 20-11 lead. With only two points back, The Heroes of Kanton were out of range. Matteson Brothers closed out, setting up an Instant Win attempt by The Heroes of Kanton. On the final throw, TJ Burns was close, nailing the goal, but still missing the Instant Win. Matteson Brothers won Game 4 by a score of 21-18, taking a 3-1 series lead.

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World Championship Finals
Connor Matteson (Matteson Brothers) makes a bucket on a one-handed play

GAME 5 - For the fifth straight game, The Heroes of Kanton had The Hammer and Matteson Brothers threw first. Matteson Brothers really started to get into a groove, putting up six points to put pressure on right away. The Heroes of Kanton put up four points, trailing 4-6. And then the ultimate demoralizer - two more buckets by Mattesons, both on excellent slams to set up a tough 12-4 lead. They then expanded their lead to 16-6 with a four-point round. The Heroes of Kanton put up three points, still trailing 16-9. After another one-handed jam by Connor, Matteson Brothers went up 20-9. The Heroes of Kanton needed perfect buckets to catch them, but got no points on the first throw, setting up an early Instant Win attempt. With no such luck, Matteson Brothers got the final point to close out 21-9. With their two remaining shots, The Heroes of Kanton could not get the Instant Win. Matteson Brothers won the series 4-1, and claimed the title of 2016 KanJam World Champions.

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World Championship Finals
Austin Matteson (Matteson Brothers) attempts a flip-up play

2016 World Championship
Highlights video

Matteson Brothers, at just 18 and 20 years old, have already made it to the World Championship Finals twice in their two years competing, and join the ranks as official 2016 KanJam World Champions. In fitting fashion, they hail from and represent the home of KanJam, North Tonawanda, NY, where the game originated. They are also the second team of brothers to win the title, joining Rebel Survivors (Klavoon brothers). The Heroes of Kanton had an exceptional run at the 2016 KanJam World Championship, making a name for themselves as a top contender and surely another tough team to beat in years to come.

2016 Runners-Up
2016 Runners-Up
The Heroes of Kanton

TJ Burns & Adam Williams

Interestingly enough, Matteson Brothers make history in becoming the fourth KanJam team to win both the KanJam Klassic and KanJam World Championship in the same year, joining Sole Survivors, Rebel Survivors, and Stallion Survivors on that short list. The KanJam Klassic is a major KanJam indoor tournament held in the spring, and Matteson Brothers won that tournament too, taking home both hammers in 2016. No question, they will be "the" team to beat in years to come.

A team plaque for Matteson Brothers will be added to the permanent Hammer trophy for 2016 as official KanJam World Champions. In addition, they each won their own 2016 KanJam World Championship "Hammer" trophy to keep, along with other prizes. Other top teams were awarded with prizes as well.

Matteson Brothers receive The Hammer
Matteson Brothers with KanJam co-owner, Mitch Rubin
The winning team gets their own Hammer trophies to keep and their team plaque on the permanent trophy

The 2016 KanJam World Championship saw some great new additions - custom team bags and tournament T-shirts were a big hit. It will certainly go down in history as the toughest weather conditions in the history of the tournament, and anyone of the 90 teams that competed can attest how difficult it was with as high as 35 mph wind gusts at times. This tournament in particular proved how difficult the competition was, and even with all the obstacles to overcome, the tournament was another huge success. This of course could not have been possible without the hard work and commitment from coordinators, volunteers, referees, and sponsors. Proceeds from the 2016 KanJam World Championship benefited Buffalo RACIN, #LipsitzStrong, Food Bank of WNY, and the North Tonawanda Police Athletic League. On behalf of KanJam, Charlie and Mitch would like to thank everyone involved for another great year. Last but not least, to all the players and spectators - you are what drives KanJam to make this tournament better every year, and your passion makes this event truly epic and like no other. Thank you again for traveling from both near and far to be a part of history. KanJam hopes to see everyone again in 2017!

As always, to keep is easy for everyone, the KanJam World Championship will always take place on the second Saturday in August every year. So go ahead and mark your calendars and save the date - the 2017 KanJam World Championship will take place on Saturday, August 12th 2017. Registration and tournament details will be posted online at kanjamleague.com in May of 2017. Please spread the word and plan ahead! We hope to see you there.

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Local TV News Channel 2 in Buffalo, NY (WGRZ) posted a short video story from the tournament on their website:

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Local TV News Channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (WIVB) posted a short video story from the tournament on their website:

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