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Hough Heads to NCAA Wrestling Championships
Friday 03/14/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
March 15-17, 2012
St. Louis, Mo. l Scottrade Center
 

ESPN3: Mat 1 l ESPN 3: Mat 2 l ESPN3: Mat 3 l ESPN3: Mat 4 l Events Schedule l Twitter

How Hough Got There
Freshman Tanner Hough picked up one of the four bids the Atlantic Coast Conference received at 141 pounds ... Hough, seeded fifth at the ACC Championships, upset the No. 5 seed from North Carolina to earn a spot in the semifinal ... After a loss in the semifinal, Hough registered a win in the consolation round to secure one of the four spots.

Fab Freshman
Tanner Hough is the first true freshman under head coach Clar Anderson to advance to the NCAA Championships and just the second all-time in the program's history ... He is the 33rd Blue Devil to earn a spot in the championship tournament and the first 141-pounder since Adam Benitez in 2004.

Following the NCAA Wrestling Championships
ESPN will broadcast the entire championships starting with the first round, Thursday, March 15 at 12 p.m., on ESPN3 ... There will be cameras on four mats throughout the first and second sessions ... ESPN3 will broadcast the entire championship ... ESPNU will televise all of Friday's action as well as the wrestleback semifinals and third through eight-place matches ... The finals for all 10 weight classes will be televised by ESPN Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m.

Duke in the NCAA Championships
Thirty-three different Blue Devils have appeared in the NCAA Championships 47 times ... Konrad Dudziak is Duke's only All-American after garnering runner-up honors in 2009 and fourth-place in 2010 ... Duke's highest finish in NCAA history was 35th in 2009 ... The Blue Devils have sent at least one wrestler to NCAAs in each of the past four seasons, including three in 2009.

Opening Round Opponent
Tanner Hough will take on Luke Vaith of Hofstra in his opening match ... Vaith won the Colonial Athletic Association title at 141 pounds and enters the NCAA Championships with a 22-8 record ... Vaith went 1-1 against ranked opponents over the year with a 2-1 overtime win over 10th-ranked Zach Kemmerer of Penn ... The redshirt sophomore has one fall on the year and three technical falls this season.

Hough Against the NCAA Field
Tanner Hough has gone up against four wrestlers in the NCAA 141-pound field ... Hough is 3-7 against wrestlers in bracket ... He owns wins over Evan Henderson of North Carolina, Nick Nelson of Virginia and Darrius Little of NC State.

 

Date

Opponent

School

Event

Result

N13

Nick Nelson

Virginia

Wolfpack Open

L, Dec., 2-3

N19

#3 Darrius Little

NC State

Pembroke Open

W, Dec., 6-1

J9

Evan Henderson

North Carolina

UNC Dual

L, Dec., 2-5

J20

Nick Nelson

Virginia

Virginia Dual

W, Dec., 8-2

J21

Zach Neibert

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Dual

L, Dec., 3-9

F17

Darrius Little

NC State

NC State Dual

L, Dec., 1-3

F18

Mike Kessler

App. State

App. State Dual

L, Dec., 0-3

M3

Evan Henderson

North Carolina

ACC Championships

W, Dec. 4-2 SV1

M3

Nick Nelson

Virginia

ACC Championships

L, Dec., 4-10

M3

Zach Neibert

Virginia Tech

ACC Championships

L, Dec., 0-3

In Common
Luke Vaith of Hofstra and Tanner Hough share just one common opponent this season ... Both wrestlers competed against Mike Kessler of Appalachian State during the regular season ... Hough lost to Kessler in a 3-0 decision at the Appalachian State dual, while Vaith suffered a 3-1 setback to Kessler in the Southern Scuffle.

Pins Leader
Tanner Hough led Duke with  nine pins for the year ... Hough was never pinned this season, going 9-0 in matches that end in falls ... The rookie registered three consecutive falls in dual victories over Bridgewater State, Davidson and Gardner-Webb and posted five first-period falls for the year.

 

Date

Opponent

School

Event

Result

N6

Taylor Wickett

Limestone

Citadel Open

W, Fall, 1:00

N6

Eric Tozzi

Belmont Abbey

Citadel Open

W, Fall, 6:59

N13

Tony Donati

Campbell

Wolfpack Open

W, Fall, 1:45

N13

Taylor Moeder

Old Dominion

Wolfpack Open

W, Fall, 4:26

N19

Hunter Carroll

Campbell

Pembroke Open

W, Fall, 0:30

J1

Michael Crowley

Old Dominion

Southern Scuffle

W, Fall, 3:57

J28

Daniel Barker

Bridgewater State

Bridgewater Dual

W, Fall, 0:44

F1

Benjamin Hartshorn

Davidson

Davidson Dual

W, Fall, 4:04

F7

Robert Golde

Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb Dual

W, Fall, 2:59

From Redshirt to NCAA Championships
Tanner Hough started the season thinking he was going to spend the year getting used to collegiate wrestling and college life ... The Johnstown, Pa., native competed unattached in the first three tournaments of the year before the loss of a wrestler forced Hough to lose his redshirt starting at the Southern Scuffle ... In the first three tournaments of the season, Hough wen t11-2 and earned three top-two finishes, including winning The Citadel Open.

Hough Against Ranked Opponents
Hough went up against six ranked opponents during the year ... He lost a tough 5-2 decision to then-No. 16 Evan Henderson of North Carolina, who he came back to beat in the ACC Championships ... He also suffered a narrow 3-1 decision to NC State's Darrius Little during the dual match with the Wolfpack ... Hough beat Little at the Pembroke Open prior to the Wolfpack wrestler climbing into the rankings.

No Extra Points
With a 23-11 overall record for the year, Hough was one of four Duke wrestlers to reach 20 victories and only one of his 11 losses was extra points ... Hough went 7-10 in decisions, 7-1 in major decisions and 9-0 in falls ... He is the lone Duke wrestler to allow extra points in a match just once ... In dual matches, Hough scored 34 points to his opponents' 15 for the year  ... He allowed the fewest points in dual matches by a Blue Devil this season.

Possible Second Round Match
Should Tanner Hough win his opening bout against Luke Vaith, Hough advances to potentially wrestle top-seeded Kellen Russell of Michigan ... Russell is a four-time Big Ten champion and is the reigning NCAA Champion ... He is 28-1 for the year and is the bracket's top seed for the second straight season ... If Hough loses his first match he will drop to the consolation bracket to compete against the loser of the Rusell and Nicholas Hucke of Missouri match.


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