DURHAM, N.C.—Duke redshirt junior Jacob Kasper earned his 20th win of the season, but three straight victories by visiting Appalachian State to finish the night proved to be the difference as the Blue Devils fell to the No. 22 Mountaineers 25-11 in non-conference wrestling action tonight.
Duke drops to 2-4 overall on the year with all four losses coming against top 25 foes. Appalachian State moves to 10-2 overall on the year. Zach Finesilver and Jake Faust also picked up wins for the Blue Devils in the setback.
The dual certainly did not lack excitement with Kasper leading the charge on the fireworks. With the Blue Devils trailing 3-0 after a loss at 197 pounds, Duke’s heavyweight got the capacity crowd on its feet with a thrilling final second victory over no. 12 Denzel Dejournette.
Dejournette, doing well to defend against a Kasper shot, scored a takedown late in the first period for the 2-0 lead. Kasper was able to get a takedown of his own in the second period, but couldn’t cut into the lead any more as he headed into the third period trailing 4-2.
Starting in the down position for the final two minutes, Kasper got to his feet and escaped to make it 4-3. With both wrestlers exhausted, the bout appropriately came down to the final seconds as the Ohio native capitalized on one final shot for the 5-4 decision as time expired. The win was Kasper’s fifth over a top 20 foe this season and pushed him to 20-1 on the year.
The Mountaineers responded with consecutive wins at 125 and 133, including getting bonus points at 125, for a 10-3 lead through four bouts.
Looking to rebound after a tough match at NC State last week, Finesilver wasted no time in getting to his offense. The 141-pounder jumped all over Appalachian State’s Irvin Enriquez, taking an 8-2 lead after three minutes. Finesilver continued to add to his advantage in the second and third periods, en route to the 19-3 technical fall in the third period to bring Duke within two, 10-8, in the team scoring.
Another major decision at 149 stretched the Mountaineers lead back to six points with four matches left. Faust took care of business for Duke at 157 pounds with a hard-fought 4-2 decision over Gavin Londoff. He led 1-0 after the first period and added two nearfall points and an escape in the third to pull Duke back within three, 14-11.
With Duke within striking distance of winning the match, the Mountaineers finished with fury as they notched a major decision and overtime decision in the final two matches for the 14-point victory.
Duke returns to action Sunday, Jan. 22 at Navy. The match is schedule to begin at 2 p.m.
No. 22 Appalachian State 25, Duke 11
197: Randall Diabe (APP) dec. Luke Farinaro (Duke), 3-1 | App State 3, Duke 0
285: No. 6 Jacob Kasper (Duke) dec. No. 12 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 5-4 | App State 3, Duke 3
125: Vito Pasone (APP) major dec. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 11-3 | App State 7, Duke 3
133: Colby Smith (APP) dec. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 5-0 | App State 10, Duke 3
141: Zach Finesilver (Duke) tech fall Irvin Enriquez (APP), 19-3 | App State 10, Duke 8
149: No. 19 Matthew Zovistoski (APP) major dec. Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 14-4 | App State 14, Duke 8
157: Jake Faust (Duke) dec. Gavin Londoff (APP), 4-2 | App State 14, Duke 11
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) major dec. Garrett Neff (Duke), 9-0 | App State 18, Duke 11
174: Nick Kee (APP) major dec. Connor Bass (Duke), 12-2 | App State 22, Duke 11
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) dec. Alec Schenk (Duke), 7-5 SV1 | App State 25, Duke 11