BOONE, N.C.-A selection of Duke wrestlers competed at the Appalachian State Open with four top-three finishes. Freshman Marcus Cain led the way for the Blue Devils, taking home runner-up honors at 149 pounds. All Duke wrestlers competed unattached at the event.
Andrew DeHart grabbed third place at 157 pounds, while Trey Adamson and Conner Hartmann also took third overall at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively. Dylan Ryan also competed for the Blue Devils at 184 pounds.
Cain cruised through to the finals with a major decision and three decisions. The rookie went up against Lex Ozias in the title bout, falling by a 9-5 decision to earn second place. Cain improves to 22-5 overall for the year and has four top-two finishes for the season.
At 157 pounds, DeHart lost his opening bout by a narrow 9-8 margin before making a run all the way through the consolation bracket. In the wrestlebacks, the rookie defeated four wrestlers en route to the third-place match, where he won on an injury default. In his four victories, DeHart posted two falls, a 7-0 decision and a 19-6 major decision.
Adamson also started his day with a loss before rebounding in the wrestleback rounds. Adamson registered three consecutive first-period falls to earn a berth in the third-place match. Up against Scott Reilly in the third round, Adamson continued his roll with a 10-4 decision.
Hartmann captured his opening match by an 11-2 major decision before falling to Virginia's Zach Nye in a 7-6 decision. He came back in the consolation bracket with a 19-6 win and then outlasted Vincent Salyer, 9-2 to take home third-place honors.