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Wrestling Holds Annual Banquet
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/30/2010
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DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University wrestling head coach Clar Anderson announced the 2009-10 end-of-the-year awards at the annual team banquet held at the Thomas Center on Duke's campus on Thursday evening.

Capturing the Most Valuable Athlete award was senior Konrad Dudziak. A two-time All-America honoree at heavyweight, Dudziak finished fourth at the NCAA Championships this past season after taking home runner-up accolades in 2009. The Bayonne, N.J., native posted an 18-2 overall record and was unbeaten in dual matches. Winning ACC titles in 2009 and 2010, Dudziak is just the sixth wrestler in program history to capture consecutive conference crowns. He finished his career with a 79-18 record for a .814 win percentage, which ranks fourth all-time in school history.

The Most Outstanding Freshman Award was given to rookies Brent Jorge and Chris Piccolella. Competing at 149 pounds, Jorge started the year with a 14-0 record, winning titles at the Citadel Open and Pembroke Classic. He completed the year with a 17-9 mark after going 3-4 in dual matches.

Piccolella lined up in three different weight classes during the course of the season. Forced to move up to 157 pounds due to team injuries, Piccolella battled hard in the Blue Devil lineup throughout the dual match season and earned a big win over Maryland's Dex Lederer.

Freshman Dak Adamson garnered the Coaches Award for his continued dedication to the program after suffering a season-ending injury. Prior to injury, Adamson put together a 7-1 record, which included six falls.

Earning the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award was sophomore Peter Terrezza. Duke's top 125-pound wrestler, Terrezza finished the season with a 16-11 overall record and 6-4 mark in dual matches. He took fifth at the Hokie Open and finished fourth at the ACC Championship. An outstanding student, Terrezza was selected to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second consecutive season.

Sophomore Diego Bencomo captured the Most Improved Wrestler award after posted an outstanding 21-11 record. His 21 victories were tied for the team lead as he earned a starting role at 184 pounds for the Blue Devils. He posted a 7-4 record in dual matches and took top honors in the Citadel Open and finished third at the Pembroke Classic. He is 28-15 for his career.

Also taking home honors for outstanding contribution to the program were seniors Robert Holbrook, Spencer Jasper, John Barone, Voris Tejada and Ben Wales.

Barone leaves Duke with the school record in career victories (123) and the top two single-season wins marks (36 in 2008-09 and 35 in 2007-08). Tejada is ranked tied for fourth in program history in career wins with 97 after being a four-year starter.

The Blue Devils finished the year with a 3-8 overall record and took fifth at the ACC Championship.