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Duke Heads to Nation's Capital for Pair of Duals
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/30/2016
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DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke wrestling team, after a longer than anticipated break due to the winter storm Jonas, is back in action Sunday, Jan. 31 in the nation’s capital. The Blue Devils will wrestle a pair of duals against Columbia and American University on the American’s campus
About the Duals
Duke will kick off the day against Columbia at 9 a.m. The Blue Devils and host Eagles will wrestle at 11 a.m. Both matches will be in Bender Arena and tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Fans can watch the American dual on the Campus Insiders free of charge. A link is available on GoDuke.com.
Series Histories
Duke and American are meeting for the second straight season, while the Blue Devils are renewing a recent rivalry with Columbia. The Blue Devils are 6-3 overall against the Eagles, including last year’s commanding 30-9 victory in Durham. On the flip side, Duke is just 1-5 against Columbia with the lone win coming in 2001. The Blue Devils and Lions last wrestled in 2006.
In Common
Duke and American share a common opponent in NC State. Both the Blue Devils and Eagles suffered setback to the No. 3 Wolfpack. Columbia and Duke both wrestled Harvard with the Lions …

Opponent

Duke

American

Columbia

NC State

L, 9-34

L, 6-28

NA

Harvard

L, 17-23

NA

W/L

Duke in the Polls
The Blue Devils returned to the InterMat team rankings last week following a pair of strong showings at Stanford and Cal Poly. The Blue Devils are 24th in the InterMat tournament top 25 and have three wrestlers ranked among the top 20. Redshirt senior Connor Hartmann tops the list at No. 5 at 197, while Mitch Finesilver moved up two more spots to 12th on the 149-pound list. Jake Faust rounds out the group, coming in at No. 18 at 165. Finesilver is ranked as high as eighth by FloWrestling.

Wrestler

InterMat

FloWrestling

NWCA

Gregg Henry/Wrestling Report

Open Mat

Duke

24

NR

NR

30

N/A

Conner Hartmann

5

5

N/A

5

5

Mitch Finesilver

12

8

N/A

9

14

Jake Faust

18

17

N/A

17

13

Zach Finesilver

NR

NR

N/A

27

NR

NCAA Releases First Set of Rankings
The NCAA announced its first list of the top 33 wrestlers in each weight class last week and four Blue Devils were among the 330 mentioned. Both Zach and Mitch Finesilver garnered recognition and Faust and Hartmann rounded out the group. Hartmann is fifth again, while Mitch came in at 13th. Faust is 18th and Zach was 32nd. The rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the NCAA Championship selection process.
Atkins Returns to the Lineup
Sophomore 125-pounder Thayer Atkins returns to the Duke lineup after missing just over a month of action due to an injury. Atkins, 6-5 overall on the year, last competed Dec. 15 at the Appalachian State dual. The Dallas native owns fourth-place finishes at both the Hokie Open and Wolfpack Open and only has one dual under his belt this season.
About the Blue Devils
Duke, holding steady at No. 24 in the latest InterMat poll, will be wrestling in its seventh and eighth duals in the month of January when it travels to Washington DC Sunday. The Blue Devils are 2-5 overall and 0-2 in ACC action on the year and last competed Jan. 17 at Cal Poly. Mitch Finesilver is tops in wins with an 18-5 record, while Conner Hartmann sports the best win percentage at 16-1. His lone loss came to No. 4 Brett Pfarr of Minnesota. Redshirt freshman Zach Finesilver is 16-9 in his first year in a Blue Devil singlet and Jake Faust moved into the double digit wins column in California with his 10th and 11th victories.
Duke Probable Lineup
125: Thayer Atkins (6-5)
133: Brandon Leynaud (5-9)
141: Zach Finesilver (16-9)
149: #12 Mitch Finesilver (18-5)
157: Connor Bass (13-7)
165: #18 Jake Faust (11-4)
174: Brian Dorsey (5-8)
184: Trey Adamson (9-10)
197: #5 Conner Hartmann (16-1)
285: Brendan Walsh (10-8)
Hartmann Climbing Duke Charts
Hartmann heads into Friday’s match unbeaten in duals at 7-0 and 16-1 on the year. The 16 wins pushes his career mark to 84-28, three wins shy of moving into No. 10 on the Duke career wins chart. He has the opportunity to amass 92 career wins by the end of the dual season, ranking him sixth in program history. John Barone holds the record with 112 victories. Only three wrestlers in Duke history have amassed 100 career victories. A winner of 75 percent of his matches, Hartmann is 11th in career win percentage and
less than one percent short of the 10th spot.
 
Mitch Finesilver On Strong Pace
Mitch, with 18 wins this season, is on pace to reach the 30 wins mark. He would tie both Tom Cass and Christian Smith for 10th in Duke single season history. He could have as many as 26 victories heading into the ACC Championships. Barone also holds the single-season wins record with 36.
Scouting the Eagles
American enters this weekend’s duals with a 4-3 overall record after dropping narrow losses to Navy and Drexel last weekend. The Eagles have lost three straight after opening the year 4-0. John Boyle, ranked 11th nationally, headlines American’s lineup at 157 pounds with a 19-5 overall record and 6-1 mark in duals. David Terao is ranked eighth at 125 pounds and is 15-2 overall and unbeaten in duals.
Probable Lineup
125 - #8 David Terao
133 - Esteban Gomez-Rivera
141 - Tyler Scotton
149 - Cole Moseley
157 - #11 John Boyle
165 - Mitchell Wightman
174 - Jason Grimes
184 - Joe Salvi
197 - Jeric Kasunic
HWT - Jake Scanlan
Scouting Columbia

Columbia is 7-2 and is wrestling against EIWA foe Harvard Friday night. Markus Scheidel is tops in wins with a 27-7 overall record and 8-1 mark in duals. Both Tyrel White (165) and Zack Hernandez (174) have 18 wins apiece with Hernandez pacing the team with six falls. 

Columbia Probable Lineup
125 - Vince Pallone
133 - Angelo Amenta
141 - Joe Moita
149 - Dan Reed/Connor Sutton
157 - Markus Scheidel
165 - Tyrel White
174 - Zack Hernandez
184 - Mike Fetchet
197 - Matt Doggett/Troy Hembury
HWT - Garrett Ryan
 
Rematches in Abundance Sunday
There will be a host of rematches for the Blue Devils this weekend when they meet Columbia and American.  Trey Adamson opened the 2015-16 season against Columbia’s Mike Fetchet, earning the 7-1 decision, while Connor Bass upset then- No. 19 Markus Schiedel of Columbia 6-4 at the Hokie Open. Schiedel is currently ranked 20th in the NCAA coaches panel rankings. In his first event wrestling at 149 pounds, Mitch Finesilver dropped  a pair of matches to Tom Page of American and Dan Reed of Columbia at the Hokie Open. Finesilver has lost just three times since then and is considered one of the top 15 wrestlers at that weight. Brian Dorsey looks to avenge narrow setbacks from earlier in the seaosn to both of his foes this weekend.

Rematches

Duke

Opponent Name

School

Result

Trey Adamson

Mike Fetchet

Columbia

W, Dec., 7-1

Connor Bass

Markus Schiedel

Columbia

W, Dec., 6-4

Brian Dorsey

Zack Hernandez

Columbia

L, Dec., 2-7

Brian Dorsey

Jason Grimes

American

L, Dec., 3-4

Mitch Finesilver

Tom Page

American

L, Dec., 1-3

Mitch Finesilver

Danny Reed

Columbia

L, MD, 5-14

Up Next
It is a quick turnaround for the Blue Devils as they return home Feb. 3 to host Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. Duke’s seniors will be honored prior to the match.

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