Duke (2-0) vs. Brown (0-0)
Jan. 12 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Cameron Indoor Stadium | Durham, N.C.
DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke wrestling team puts its 2-0 record on the line Saturday night when the Blue Devils host Brown in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
About the Match
Duke and Brown will square off at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Fans can watch the action on ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN or in the ESPN app. The Bears will come to Durham following a match against NC State in Raleigh at 3 p.m. It will be the third match in two days for Brown.
Duke Blue Devils
2018-19 record (ACC): 2-0 (0-0)
Head Coach Glen Lanham (Oklahoma State ‘88)
* Rankings are InterMat (1/8)
2018-19 Record: 0-0
Head Coach Todd Beckerman (Nebraska ‘01)
* Rankings are InterMat (1/8)
Duke by the Numbers
80 – Career wins for Mitch Finesilver, 10 shy of becoming the 11th Blue Devil to record 90 victories
6 – Falls for Josh Finesilver this season after only having one his rookie campaign
13 – Wins for sophomore Kaden Russell so far this season, six more than he had all of last year
5 – Blue Devils with double digit wins so far this season
7 – Finish for the Blue Devils at the Southern Scuffle, marking a second consecutive top 10 finish for the first time in program history
7 – More wins needed for Mitch Finesilver to move into a tie for 13th on Duke’s career wins list
6 – Opponents for Duke that are currently ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes, four of which are ACC foes
21 – NCAA qualifiers under head coach Glen Lanham since he took over the reins in 2012
45 – Blue Devil NCAA qualifiers from 1955-2011
- Duke and Brown meet for the second time overall and for the first time since 1992. The Bears own the lone victory over the Blue Devils, a 24-12 triumph in Princeton, N.J.
Last Time Out
- Duke won four of the final five matches to rally to a 25-18 victory over Penn in the Blue Devils’ home opener last Sunday. Duke scored bonus points in three of the four victories to secure its second win of the 2018-19 campaign. The Finesilver four went 4-0 with Josh and Matt posting a major decision and technical fall. Alec Schenk picked up a first-period fall to ice the victory for the Blue Devils.
Duke vs The Ivies
- Brown is the second Ivy League foe Duke will wrestle this seson. Overall in program history, the Blue Devils are 11-13 all-time against Ivy League programs. Duke is a perfect 2-0 against Harvard, but only 2-5 versus Columbia.
- Under head coach Glen Lanham, the Blue Devils are 3-0, besting Columbia and Harvard in 2016 and Penn this season.
Top Dual Scorers
- After two duals, sophomore Josh Finesilver is Duke’s top scorer with 10 points. Matt Finesilver (174) and Kaden Russell (184) have scored nine points in the two outings.
Looking at Duke
- Duke welcomes Brown to Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 2-0 record after beating Ivy League foe Penn, 25-18.
- Seventh-ranked Mitch Finesilver paces the Blue Devils with an 18-3 overall record and was the runner-up at the Southern Scuffle. Matt Finesilver is ranked 17th and posted a fifth-place showing in Chattanooga. Zach Finesilver, after missing the early portion of the campaign to an off-season injury, is 2-0 in his duals and took fifth at the Southern Scuffle.
- At 157 pounds, Benjamin Anderson made some noise in Chattanooga, placing eighth at the Southern Scuffle. He upset the No. 6 seed to start the tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual finalist Bo Pipher of Penn State. It was his first tournament in a Duke singlet. He is 4-3 overall on the year.
- At 184 pounds, Kaden Russell has taken big strides and is 13-7 on the year and took third at the Keystone Classic and just missed placing at the Southern Scuffle.
- Brown has a busy two days in the state of North Carolina. The Bears wrestle at Davidson, Friday, Jan. 11 and then at NC State at 3 p.m., Jan. 12 and then in Cameron four hours later. These will be the first duals of the season for Brown who most recently competed in the Franklin & Marshall Open.
- The Bears joined the Blue Devils at the Cliff Keen Invitational, taking 35th overall, seven spots behind the Blue Devils. At Midlands at the end of December, Brown took 14th with Jon Viruet taking fifth at 165 and CJ LaFragola sixth at 184.
Matches to Watch
- Saturday’s headline match will come at 165 pounds between Duke’s Zach Finesilver and Brown’s Jon Viruet. Zach has fared well since returning from an offseason injury, while Viruet comes to Durham ranked 15th at 165 pounds and a 15-4 reocrd.
- The bout at 184 is bound to be a close one with Kaden Russell potentially taking on CJ LaFragola. Russell is having a strong sophomore campaign with a 13-7 record, while LaFragola placed at the Midlands and was ranked earlier in the season. He is 9-5 overall on the season.
- At 141 will be a pair of young wrestlers as Duke sophomore Josh Finesilver puts his 14-6 record against Brown freshman Colin Realbuto, who is 8-10.
- Duke will begin a three-game match swing next Sunday, Jan. 20 at Navy. The match will begin at 4 p.m., and will be broadcast on Patriot League TV.