DURHAM, N.C.-A busy weekend awaits the Duke University wrestling team as it gears up for its final home match of the season and the regular season finale. The Blue Devils host NC State and Ohio University in a tri-meet, Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke travels the next day to take on Appalachian State at 6 p.m.
Duke will honor six seniors, Dan Adamo, Nick Adamo, Dak Adamson, Nico Cortese, A.J. Guardado and Chris Mullen prior to the matches Friday. Nick Adamo and Mullen both will wrestle in exhibition matches prior to the official bouts beginning.
The Blue Devils (3-7, 0-4 ACC) open the meet on mat two against NC State, with the 165, 174,. 184, 197, HWT division competing. That group will move to mat one at 7:15 to take on Ohio, while the 125, 133, 141, 149, 157-pound wrestlers will close out the bout with the Wolfpack on mat two. That group concludes the evening against the Bobcats at 8 p.m., on mat 2.
Duke and NC State will be meeting for the 77th time overall. The Wolfpack leads the series 56-19-1. The Blue Devils and Bobcats will see each other for just the second time overall, with the last meeting coming in 2007. Ohio won the lone bout, 26-17 in Bloomington, Ind.
Guardado closes out his career in Cameron at 149-pounds. He enters the match on a six-match win streak and an 8-1 overall dual meet record. He is having a career -best season with an 18-7 mark and is 43-41 for his career.
Redshirt junior Diego Bencomo also has been outstanding since returning in January. He is 8-1 overall with his lone loss coming at North Carolina. He most recently posted an ACC victory with an 11-5 decision at Maryland. He'll be in search for his 64th and 65th career victories.
Duke has excelled at 133 and 141 pounds this season, posting a combined 11-6 record in dual matches. Redshirt freshman Brandon Gambucci is 18-9 overall at 133 pounds and 3-4 in dual bouts. He is coming off of a tough 7-6 decision at Maryland. Freshman Tanner Hough anchors the line up at 141 pounds with a team-best 21-6 overall record. He has won six consecutive matches and is 8-2 in duals. He currently leads the squad with nine pins. Hough defeated NC State's Darrius Little earlier in the year in a 6-1 decision.
At 125 pounds, redshirt junior Peter Terrezza sports a 17-11 record and is riding a four-match win streak. He is 4-3 in duals and 1-1 against league foes with a 6-1 victory at Maryland most recently.
NC State enters the weekend with a 4-9 record and an 0-4 mark against conference opponents. Senior Darrius Little is ranked 11th nationally and leads the Wolfpack at 141 pounds with a 30-9 overall record and 12-0 mark in dual matches. Quinton Godley is 27-12 at 174 pounds, while Coltin Fought rounds out the 20-match winners list with a 24-8 mark.
Ohio University is 5-8 in dual matches this season and is led by Jeremy Johnson at heavyweight with a 25-5 record. At 157 pounds, Harrison Hightower is 17-13, while Nick Purdue is 15-7 from the 174-pound division.
The Blue Devils round out the weekend at Appalachian State Feb. 18. The two squads have met 15 times with the Mountaineers sporting an 11-4 advantage in the series. Austin Trotman and Kyle Blevins are tops for the Mountaineers this season. Trotman is ranked 11th nationally and 29-4 overall at 184 pounds, while Blevins is 31-5 and ranked 15th overall at 165.
Duke begins postseason action March 3 at the ACC Championships at North Carolina. The entire event will be broadcast live by ESPN3.