DURHAM, N.C.—Duke captured four victories, including two my major decision, but came up short against No. 24 Virginia in ACC wrestling action this afternoon at Card Gymnasium. Jacob Kasper extended his win streak to 19 matches with his major decision at heavyweight.
Duke falls to 4-7 overall and 0-3 against ACC foes with the setback, while Virginia improves to 10-5 and 2-2 in conference action. The Cavaliers were ranked 24th in the InterMat Dual rankings. Duke honored its nine seniors – Joey Abbate, Connor Bass, Cole Baumgartner, Alex Belaia-Martiniouk, Jake Faust, Spencer Neff, Tyler Patrick, Xaviel Ramos and Michael Wright – prior to the match.
Also picking up victories for the Blue Devils on Senior Day were Bass (174), Faust (157) and Alec Schenk (184). Duke led 10-9 at intermission, but four straight victories from the Cavaliers after the break sealed the match with a 23-10 lead.
Virginia got off to a strong start at 165 pounds with Ray Bethea capitalizing late in the third period to get the fall and 6-0 lead on the scoreboard.
Bass, looking to rebound from a tough loss Wednesday, turned in a gutsy performance at 174 to capture the narrow 4-3 decision over Garrett Peppelman. The Cavalier redshirt sophomore scored first and led 3-1 heading into the third period. Bass, in the down position, escaped to make it 3-2 and tacked on a takedown for the 4-3 lead with 60 seconds left. Bass was excellent in the final minute, riding out the match to earn the three points for Duke.
Trailing 6-3 in the team score, Schenk came on the mat at 184 and controlled the action from the opening whistle to earn the 7-1 decision. The junior scored early and cruised to his eighth victory of the year and first ACC triumph.
After Virginia answered with a decision at 197 to regain the 9-6 lead, Kasper followed with his typical dominance at heavyweight. He led 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 after two sessions and then took over in the third to score the 13-3 major decision. He has scored bonus points in five straight duals and is now 25-1 overall on the year.
The Cavaliers, trailing 10-9 at intermission, came out of the break to win at 125, 133, 141, and 149 to break open the match 23-10. With the match in hand for Virginia, Faust added four more points to Duke’s total with a 17-7 major decision over Chris Yankowich at 157. He led 2-0 after the first period and then blew the bout open in the second as he took a 10-4 advantage into the third. He tacked on a few more points to get the major decision, his first of the year.
Duke closes out its home slate Wednesday, Feb. 8 with the ACC rivalry dual against North Carolina. The match will start at 7 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.
Virginia 23, Duke 14
165: Ray Bethea (Virginia) fall Garrett Neff (Duke), 6:19 | Duke 0, Virginia 6
174: No. 17 Connor Bass (Duke) dec. Garrett Peppelman, 4-3 | Duke 3, Virginia 6
184: Alec Schenk (Duke) dec. Tyler Askey, 7-1 | Duke 6, Virginia 6
197: Chance McClure (Virginia) dec. Luke Farinaro (Duke), 3-1 | Duke 6, Virginia 9
285: No. 4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) major dec. Tyler Love (Virginia), 13-3 | Duke 10, Virginia 9
125: No. 7 Jack Mueller (Virginia) dec. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 6-0 | Duke 10, Virginia 12
133: Will Mason (Virginia) dec. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 8-7 | Duke 10, Virginia 15
141: No. 7 George DiCamillo (Virginia) major dec. Zach Finesilver, 16-5 | Duke 10, Virginia 19
149: Sam Krivus (Virginia) major dec. Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 10-2 | Duke 10, Virginia 23
157: Jake Faust (Duke) major dec. Chris Yankowich (Virginia), 17-7 | Duke 14, Virginia 23