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Blue Devils Dual with VMI Still on as Scheduled
Saturday 01/29/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke University wrestling team resumes its busy dual schedule Wednesday night, welcoming VMI to Card Gymnasium for a non-conference bout. The Blue Devils and Keydets square off at 7 p.m.

Meeting for the 36th time overall, Duke is in search of its 12th all-time win over VMI and fourth in the past five seasons. The Blue Devils defeated the Keydets 22-15 last season in Lexington, Va., while VMI last downed Duke in 2010, 21-18.

Live scoring will be available via trackwrestling.com, while live video will be available at GoDuke.com with a subscription. Those already subscribed to VMI’s video service can watch Duke’s video feed free of charge with their logins.

Duke, 4-8 overall, is coming off of a tough loss to No. 17 Virginia Tech Friday night. Five of the Blue Devils’ eight losses have come against top-25 opponents. Duke is 1-0 in midweek matches, posting a thrilling comeback victory over Appalachian State last week.

Headlining the Blue Devils’ lineup is redshirt junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown. The 157-pounder is 16-7 overall and 9-3 in duals, which includes a perfect 3-0 mark in ACC play. He most recently registered a major decision against Virginia Tech and last lost Jan. 18.

At 174 pounds, Trey Adamson is in search of his 13th win of the season. The redshirt sophomore sports a team best seven major decisions and is 7-5 in duals this season. Classmate Conner Hartmann hopes to resume his winning ways after dropping a tough one-point loss to his sixth ranked wrestler last weekend of the year. He is 12-7 overall and 7-5 in duals.

Freshman Alex Elsea and senior Brian Self return to the lineup after injuries sidelined them for the past few bouts. Self, Duke’s heavyweight, is 5-10 overall and will go up against VMI’s wins leader Juan Adams.

The Keydets are 3-11 overall and most recently edged Davidson 21-20. VMI owns wins over the Wildcats, Franklin & Marshall and Sacred Heart. Adams is tops for the Keydets with a 12-6 overall record at heavyweight, while Shabaka Johns is 8-10 overall.

Similar to Duke, VMI featured a young lineup with eight freshmen and sophomores among the probable starters.

Duke continues its non-conference schedule Saturday, Feb. 1 at Rider and Drexel. The matches are slated for 1 and 7 p.m., respectively.

Duke Probables
125         Alex Elsea - Fr. (2-10)
133         Evan Botwin - R-Fr. (2-10)
141         Xaviel Ramos - Fr. (5-15)
149         Jake Faust -  Fr.                 (9-5)
157         Immanuel Kerr-Brown - R-Jr. (16-7)
165         Marcus Cain - R-So. (6-11)
174         Trey Adamson - R-So. (12-8)
184         Jacob Kasper - Fr. (0-5)
197         Conner Hartmann -R-So. (12-7)
285      Brian Self - Sr. (5-10)
VMI Probable
125         Dalton Henderson - Fr. (6-12)
133         Mike Flora - Fr. (4-13)
141         Emmitt Kelly - So. (3-2)
149         Shabaka Johns - Fr. (8-10)
157         Ted Gottwald - Sr. (3-14)
165         Mark Darr - So. (7-10)
174         Derek Thurman or Jake Koch - R-Fr./Fr. (2-11/0-12)
184         Hardy Hendren - Jr. (2-13)
197         Andrew Embree or Henry Reeves - R-Jr./So. (2-7/1-2)
285         Juan Adams - R-Jr. (12-6)

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