CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—The Duke University wrestling team wrapped up competition at the 2014 Southern Scuffle presented by Defense Soap and Flips Wrestling today. Five wrestlers advanced to day two of competition as the Blue Devils finished with 21.5 points overall in the tournament.
The group of 11th-seeded Conner Hartmann (197), Brandon Gambucci (133), Immanuel Kerr-Brown (157), Trey Adamson (174) and Brian Self (285) started the day with consolation fourth-round matches. Kerr-Brown and Hartmann both captured victories to advance to the sixth round where they fell to ranked foes.
Kerr-Brown kicked off his day in spectacular fashion with a thrilling 7-4 decision over 2013 Southern Scuffle runner-up and 16th-ranked James Vollrath of Penn State. The win was Kerr-Brown’s 10th of the year and first over a ranked opponent. The victory pushed the redshirt junior into the consolation fifth round where he edged Logan Molina of Iowa State 3-2 to set up a meeting with No. 12 Nestor Taffur from Boston University.
Taffur jumped out to a commanding lead against Kerr-Brown and never looked back en route to a 16-4 major decision. Overall, Kerr-Brown finished 4-2 at the tournament and is 11-4 overall on the year.
Fifteenth-ranked Hartmann followed a similar path as Kerr-Brown, dominating Penn’s Harrison Cook 11-0 in his first consolation bracket bout. He was equally as dominant in the next match, shutting out Tyler Lyster of Bucknell 5-0 to stay alive.
Hartmann’s run came to an end against 19th-ranked Blake Rosholt in the sixth round as the Oklahoma State Sooner outlasted the Blue Devil redshirt sophomore 2-1 in double overtime. The loss was just Hartmann’s third of the season. All three of his setbacks this season have come against top-20 foes.
Adamson, after consecutive wins on day one, opened day two action against ninth-seeded Kevin Radford of Arizona State. Adamson hung with the No. 9 seed, but couldn’t pull out the victory in the 9-6 setback. The Riverton, Utah native falls to 8-4 overall for the season.
Gambucci and Self also suffered losses in their opening matches on day two. Gambucci, battling Nick Zanetta of PIttsburgh, dropped his fourth match of the year in a 7-4 decision to the ACC foe. Self finished the tournament in heartbreaking fashion as he fell to Henry Chirino of Northern Colorado in four overtimes, 4-2.
The Blue Devils open ACC action Jan. 12 at newcomer Pittsburgh. Duke hosts Virginia Jan. 17 in the ACC home opener in Card Gym.