15 ACC wrestlers were named to the 2007 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team, announced Friday by Commissioner John D. Swofford. Six Blue Devils made the squad, which led all ACC schools.
Duke wrestling announced its team awards after their 7-9 record in their 2006-07 season. Most outstanding wrestler went to senior Daniel Shvartsman, outstanding freshman was given to Voris Tejada, outstanding held back freshman went to redshirt freshman John Barone, senior Patrick Keenum had the highest GPA, and sophomore Dan Fox was bestowed with the coaches' award.
The Duke wrestling team was announced as the 2006-07 National Wrestling Coaches' Association All-Academic champion this weekend. With a cumulative team grade point average of 3.3861, the Blue Devils edged out Stanford and last year's champion Brown.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today the recipients of the 2007 Winter Sportsmanship Awards. Teams receiving the awards have conducted themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the league's players and coaches.
Duke wrestling Head Coach Clar Anderson received the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award for Division I wrestling. The award recognizes not only the skills that are taught on the mat, but also the leadership and mentoring of young student-athletes.
Duke's wrestlers competed in their last meet of the year on Saturday in the ACC Championships in Reynolds Coliseum. The Blue Devils finished sixth out of the six ACC teams for the second year in a row with a total of 23 points.
Duke (7-9, 0-5 ACC) will compete in the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday on the N.C. State campus at Reynolds Coliseum. The meet begins at 10 a.m. and is part of the 2007 Mat Jam which features both the ACC and Southern Conference Championships.
UNC Greensboro (9-4, 4-1 SoCon) got the better of Duke (7-9, 0-5 ACC), 30-13 on senior night in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Patrick Keenum, Daniel Shvartsman and Philip Wightman were honored in a ceremony before the final home match of their careers.
Duke's wrestling team (7-8, 0-5 ACC) will take on UNC Greensboro (8-4, 4-1 SoCon) in the Blue Devils final meet of the regular season on Saturday night. The contest is set for a 7 p.m. start, and will feature three seniors in their last home meet at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke (7-8, 0-5 ACC) was handed its third and fourth straight losses on Saturday by Virginia (7-8, 2-2 ACC) in the afternoon and Virginia Tech (6-10, 1-3 ACC) at night. The Blue Devils were only able to win six of 20 matches throughout the entire day, but had a bright spot in redshirt freshman John Barone, who won both of his contests at 174 pounds.
The NCAA allows student-athletes five years to complete four seasons of intercollegiate sports competition, but that is not always practical for non-scholarship athletes at a school such as Duke where tuition runs in excess of $40,000 a year.
Duke (7-6, 0-3 ACC) takes their final regular reason road trip of the season on Saturday, as they head to the commonwealth of Virginia for meets against Virginia (6-7, 1-1 ACC) and Virginia Tech (5-10, 0-3 ACC). The dual with the Cavaliers will take place in Charlottesville, Va., in Virginia's Memorial Gym at 1 p.m.