DURHAM, N.C.—Duke freshman Matt Finesilver upset No. 20 Daniel Bullard to highlight the Blue Devils’ wrestling home opener against NC State Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The sixth-ranked Wolfpack came away with the 32-6 victory to kick off the ACC Wrestling season.
Redshirt senior Jacob Kasper added another win to his resumé for the second Duke (2-4, 0-1) win of the night. Duke is back at home Sunday at 2 p.m., versus Navy.
The Wolfpack raced right out of the gates like they have done all year, winning the first six matches of the night for a 24-0 lead in the dual.
Facing his fifth top 20 opponent of the season, Matt trailed 2-0 early in his match, but responded with and escape and a takedown to grab the 3-2 advantage early in the opening stanza. Bullard responded to go back in front 5-3 before the Duke rookie escaped as the buzzer sounded.
In the top position to start the second, Matt was outstanding on top as he rode out the second period to build his riding time to over two minutes. The Greenwood Village, Colo., native even the score with an escape to start the third and then scored another takedown for the 7-5 lead en route to the 8-5 decision. Matt, ranked 27th in the NCAA Coaches’ rankings, is now 16-6 on the year.
Kasper provided the fireworks to finish the dual, rallying from a 6-2 deficit to Malik McDonald to capture his 24th win with an 8-6 thriller. McDonald started fast, scoring a takedown in the opening period, but Kasper proved that slow and steady won the race tonight.
The Lexington, Ohio native stayed steady and chipped away at the four-point deficit. He started with an escape in the second and then persevered to a takedown to make it a one-point match, 6-5, heading into the final two minutes of action. Kasper took the lead for the first time moments into the final period and was able to hold McDonald down for the final 50 seconds. Kasper is now seven wins shy of securing 100 for his career.
Redshirt juniors Mitch Finesilver and Alec Schenk put forth good efforts at 157 and 197, respectively. Finesilver, after falling behind early to No. 3 Hayden Hidlay and fighting off a pin for nearly a minute, settled in before losing just his third match, 10-5.
Up against No. 4 Adam Macchiavello, Schenk was aggressive from the opening whistle as he just missed connecting on his shots. The Perry, Ohio native kept Macchiavello on his heels a bit, coming up short in the 7-3 decision.
No. 6 NC State 32, Duke 6
125 – Tommy Cox (NCSU) decision Thayer Atkins (Duke), 6-3 [NCSU 3, Duke 0]
133 – Tariq Wilson (NCSU) fall Josh Finesilver (Duke), 2:35 [NCSU 9, Duke 0]
141 – No. 2 Kevin Jack (NCSU) tech fall Jeremiah Reitz (Duke), 15-0, [NCSU 14, Duke 0]
149 – No. 13 Beau Donahue (NCSU) major dec. Brandon Leynaud (Duke), 15-4 [NCSU 18, Duke 0]
157 – No. 3 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) decision No. 11 Mitch Finesilver (Duke), 10-5 [NCSU 21, Duke 0]
165 – Brian Hamann (NCSU) decision Zach Finesilver (Duke), 6-3 [NCSU 24, Duke 0]
174 – Matt Finesilver (Duke) decision No. 20 Daniel Bullard (NCSU), 8-5 [NCSU 24, Duke 3]
184 – No. 3 Pete Renda (NCSU) tech fall Kaden Russell (Duke), 18-1 [NCSU 29, Duke 3]
197 – No. 4 Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) decision Alec Schenk (Duke), 7-3 [NCSU 32, Duke 3]
285 – No. 5 Jacob Kasper (Duke) decision Malik McDonald (NCSU), 8-6 [NCSU 32, Duke 6]