Duke wrestling coach Clar Anderson has been selected to head a tour of NCAA All-America wrestlers to China this summer. The event, sponsored by the NWCA, will see Anderson lead about a dozen 2005 Division I All-Americans through China on a 10-day tour that will include both wrestling and stops at some of the world's most famous spots, such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City.
Blue Devil senior Frank Cornely and freshman Konrad Dudziak represented the Duke wrestling team at the United States Freestyle Nationals over the weekend. The event is considered to be the most elite college freestyle event in the nation. Cornely took home a sixth-place finish at 185 pounds, garnering freestyle All-America status. Dudziak also turned in an impressive performance, finishing 12th at 211.5 pounds.
April 6, 2005 As the top collegiate wrestlers in the U.S. competed at the NCAA tournament, Duke's Konrad Dudziak attended a different national tournament. The freshman traveled to his native Poland to compete in the Polish Open. Wrestling at the 211.5 pound weight class, up 14.5 pounds from his usual 197, Dudziak brought home gold. Dudziak's tournament featured four matches and he came away with wins in all of them. The tournament had freestyle rules, and Dudziak showed his prowess in the international style. The freshman, who was born in Poland and went to high school in Bayonne, N.J., finished ahead of every other Pole in his weight class. He also had a heated match with a Russian competitor and then defeated a wrestler from Austria to win the gold. By winning the tournament, Dudziak qualified for the Junior World Team as well as for a spot in an elite Polish National training camp this summer. The victory also affords him the opportunity to wrestle in the Junior Freestyle
March 19, 2005 ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Duke senior Frank Cornely closed out his excellent collegiate career at this weekend's NCAA Championships. Cornely went 1-1 on the second day, finishing with a 2-2 record at the tournament, the same record he posted a season ago. He was only two wins shy of becoming Duke's first wrestling All-American. The 184-pounder ends his career as a two-time ACC champion and had more victories at the NCAA Championships (4) than any Blue Devil wrestler in the history of the program. Cornely faced off against two Big Ten opponents on day two. First, he defeated Andy Rios of Indiana in a see-saw 14-13 bout. The match went back and forth in the first period with a late set of back points giving Cornely an 8-7 lead. The action continued in the second period with Cornely scoring another takedown and ending the period tied at 11-11. Rios let Cornely go to start the third period, but a stalling point kept the score tied. After an injury timeout, Cornely finally
March 18, 2005 ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Senior Frank Cornely went 1-1 on day one at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, falling to 12th-seeded C.B. Dolloway of Arizona State in the first round, but advancing to day two with a win over Old Dominion's Adam Wright in the first round of the consolation bracket. Cornely will face Indiana's Andy Rios on Friday morning. The Pennsauken, N.J. product's final bid for All-America status got off to a rough start, as he suffered a 10-4 loss to Dolloway in the first round. The match was even for the first two minutes before Dolloway got in deep on a shot. Cornely tried to roll through the move, but got stuck on his back, resulting in four points for Dolloway. Cornely answered in the second period with two takedowns to close the gap to 6-4, but could get no closer. Dolloway added a takedown and a pair of near-fall points to secure the final margin. Cornely moved into the consolation bracket and faced Wright. The two had faced off twice this season,
March 16, 2005 Blue Devil senior Frank Cornely will wrap up his collegiate career at this weekend's NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis and he is looking to cap off his tenure at Duke with All-America honors. Cornely finds himself in a more favorable starting position than last year, when he drew the number-one overall seed and eventual champion, Greg Jones of West Virginia. Jones beat Cornely 22-7, forcing the Blue Devil into the consolation bracket early. This year, Cornely has drawn C.B. Dollaway of Arizona State, the number-12 seed. Should Cornely win that match, he would likely face off against fifth-seeded Brian Glynn of Illinois in the second round. If both wrestlers make it that far, there is the potential for a rematch with Jones in the semifinals, which would occur Friday night. Cornely gained valuable championship experience last year, his only previous NCAA appearance. After losing to Jones, he came back and beat Brad Christie of Hofstra and followed with a win
March 6, 2005 GREENSBORO, N.C. - Frank Cornely put one of the final touches on his wrestling career, one of the strongest ever at Duke, with his second consecutive ACC title at 184 pounds, leading the Duke Blue Devils to a 5th place finish. Frank's 7-2 victory over Virginia Tech's Steve Borja was the first of three straight appearances in the finals by Duke wrestlers. Unfortunately, Mark Thompson and Venroy July both fell just short in overtime, each finishing in second place. For the second straight year, seven Blue Devils placed. Cornely's bid started with a sudden pin near the end of the first period against Mike Maceroli of Maryland. He followed with a close 7-5 win over Justin Dobies of UNC to reach the finals, where he was matched up with Borja. Borja had won the first two meetings between the two, but Cornely turned the tables this time. A counter to Borja's shot gave Cornely a takedown late in the first period. Cornely scored another late takedown in the second, and
March 4, 2005 The Blue Devil wrestling squad looks to make history this Saturday with its first ACC championship. The tournament will be held as part of the MatJam at UNC-Greensboro. Based on early seedings, Virginia Tech, NC State, and North Carolina are the favorites, but Duke finished third last year and looks to break into the top three again. Three Blue Devils figure to garner top-two seedings. Freshman Wes Kuser went 3-1 in league competition, wrestling at 141 pounds, a weight class at which no one went undefeated in conference action. He hopes to get a chance to avenge his lone ACC loss to Isaiah Britton of UNC, a match-up that would likely have to wait until the finals, if both wrestlers reach that point. Frank Cornely will likely be the number-two seed at 184 for the second straight season. Last year, Cornely won the 184-pound ACC title from the two-spot and turned the tables on Tar Heel rival Mark Canty, winning a 7-6 match after losing 3-1 in the dual meet against
Feb. 28, 2005GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke's Frank Cornely was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week, as announced by the conference this afternoon. Cornely notched a conference win this week. Cornely picked up a 19-4 major decision over NC State's Rick Brownlee at 184 pounds to earn his seventh consecutive victory and fourth ACC win of the season. The senior from Pennsauken, N.J. has tallied three straight conference wins and is one of three wrestlers at 184 pounds with four or more wins in 2005. His string of seven straight victories has included three pins and two major decisions. Next up for the Blue Devils is the 52nd annual ACC Wrestling Championship on Saturday, March 5 in Greensboro, N.C. on the campus of UNC-Greensboro. The championship is slated to begin at 11:00 am.
Feb. 23, 2005 On Wednesday night, the Duke wrestling team will travel to Raleigh to face the N.C. State Wolfpack in the Blue Devils' final dual match of the year. Duke looks to avenge its lone ACC loss from 2004 and secure its second straight season with a winning conference record. Duke enters the match with a record of 9-4 (2-2 ACC), while N.C. State stands at 7-8 (3-2) on the season. If Duke wins, it will mark the squad's second 10-win season in the last three years. The dual meet will feature several key match-ups, with the two squads fairly evenly matched on paper. At the 141-pound weight class, freshman Wes Kuser will look to continue his four-match winning streak as he is expected to face State's Jeff Breese, a fellow Pennsylvania native. The following weight class, 149 pounds, will see Antwone Floyd for Duke and senior Alex Hernandez for the Wolfpack. Floyd, who has returned to the Duke lineup with marked success, is coming off one of the bigger victories of his career, a
Feb. 23, 2005 RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite victories in four of the last six bouts, Duke suffered a 25-18 loss to NC State on Wednesday night at Reynolds Coliseum in the final ACC regular-season match of the year for both teams. With the loss, Duke dropped to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while State improved to 8-8 and 3-3 in the ACC. At 149 pounds, Antwone Floyd took on Alex Hernandez in a tight match-up. Hernandez scored a pair of takedowns in the final period to gain the decision. NC State's Kody Hamrah made it 7-0 with a 13-3 major decision over Duke's Zach Weisberg at 157. At 165, Ryan Nowicki took down Duke's Adam Lesser midway through the first period, directly onto Lesser's back, and gained the pin at the 1:58 mark. At 174, Levi Craig suffered a pin by Kevin Gabrielson. At that point, the Blue Devils were able to gain some momentum behind stalwarts Frank Cornely (184 lbs.) and Mark Thompson (197 lbs.). Cornely got six takedowns, a near fall and riding time to
Feb. 19, 2005 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In front of a large crowd on Senior Night at Virginia, the Blue Devil wrestling team prevailed in a see-saw affair, defeating the Cavaliers, 19-15. The win was Duke's third in a row and second straight over Virginia. With the victory, Duke improved its overall record to 9-4 and evened its mark in ACC action at 2-2. The dual meet started at 165 pounds. UVA sent out a backup, Jim Hartey, and Steve Smith was able to take advantage. After trading takedowns with Hartey in the first period, Smith picked up two second-period takedowns and pulled away for a 10-6 victory. UVA evened the score in the next match, one of the best of the night, as their freshman Rocco Caponi scored a last-second reversal to defeat Levi Craig, 5-4, in the 174-pound bout. Craig scored a take-down only seconds before to take the lead, but was unable to ride out Caponi for the win, suffering his first conference loss of the year. Duke got the ball rolling again at 184