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Duke Brings Home Three Titles from Citadel Open
Release: 11/08/2009
Duke freshmen posted a 19-4 record on the opening weekend.
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CHARLESTON, S.C.-The Duke University wrestling team kicked off the 2009-10 season in strong fashion, garnering three titles and two third-place finishes at The Citadel Open on Nov. 7. The Blue Devils placed six wrestlers in the semifinal round of their respective weight divisions.

Bringing home titles for Duke were freshmen Brent Jorge at 149 pounds and David Henry at 165 pounds, while redshirt freshman Diego Bencomo won the 184-pound championship. Redshirt freshman Andrew Fulk and freshman Bret Klopp added third-place honors at heavyweight and 174 pounds, respectively. Henry and Klopp both competed unattached at the event.

Jorge opened his collegiate wrestling career the best way possible. He cruised through the competition with two falls, a major decision and a pair of decisions to take the crown. The native of Lakeland, Fla., started the day by pinning Ian Kelly of Belmont in just 34 seconds. After taking a 9-5 decision in the second round, Jorge added his second fall of the day in the quarterfinal round in 4:55. Meeting up with Brett Farina of NC State in the title match, Jorge cruised to the 12-6 decision.

Competing unattached, Henry was seeded second at 165 pounds. He posted three major decision victories and won each of his matches by at least three points to win top honors. His closes match of the day with a 4-1 decision in the quarterfinal against Colt Howell of Appalachian State. Facing third-seed Clint Bodo of Limestone in the semifinal, the rookie dominated the match 10-1 for a spot in the final dual. Henry proceeded to drop Robbie Wannenburg of Appalachian State 11-6 for the championship.

The stellar rookie performances continued for Duke with Klopp at 174 pounds. Also competing unattached, Klopp cruised his way to the semifinal with a pair of falls and a 3-1 decision in the quarterfinal round. He lost a tough 8-1 decision to Jake Varilek of Belmont before rebounding to win two more matches for third place. Klopp pinned both of his opponents in the wrestleback bracket, including one in 45 seconds in the third-place contest.

Bencomo was looking to defend his title that he captured when he competed unattached in 2008. He proved to be equally impressive, posting a technical fall in 4:14 in his opening match and proceeding to breeze past the next two opponents for first place accolades.

Taking a different route than the others on the day was Fulk in the heavyweight division. He started the day with a fall in the first round, but dropped a tough 7-4 decision in his second contest.

Fulk bounced back in the wrestleback bracket, winning five straight matches for third place. He defeated Manuel Camargo of the Citadel in the third place match with a win by decision, 9-4.

Rookie Riley Adamson also had a strong first weekend of competition. Unattached and seeded second, Adamson captured his first three matches with two falls and a major decision before falling in the semifinal to the No. 3 seed. In the wrestleback bracket, Adamson dropped a tough 4-2 decision to top-seed David Ivashchneko of Citadel.

The Blue Devils also competed in the Hokie Open this weekend and return to action next on Nov. 14 at the Pembroke Open.


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