DURHAM, N.C.—Duke senior Mitch Finesilver earned his 23rd win of the 2018-19 campaign, but 12th-ranked Virginia Tech was too much for the Blue Devils as it earned a 40-3 ACC wrestling victory tonight inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Hokies (8-2, 2-0), featuring six top-20 wrestlers, including four in the top 10, registered bonus points in seven of their nine victories.
Looking to remain unbeaten in duals this season, Mitch was faced with a rematch against Ryan Blees, who he defeated 6-1 in the Hokie Open final. The Colorado native scored first with an escape and continued to take his shots against Blees. Unable to score on his feet in the first and second periods, Mitch got to Blees late in the third for the 3-0 decision.
Schenk was just inches from turning in arguably the most exciting win of the season over seventh-ranked Tom Sleigh. Tied 2-2 after a Schenk escape in the second, Sleigh escaped to start the third and just barely escaped a late takedown attempt from the Blue Devil senior for his 18th win of the season.
At 174 pounds, Matt gave No. 7 David McFadden all he could handle. The sophomore escaped to even the score 2-2 at the start of the second period, but the redshirt senior defended and scored four unanswered for the 6-2 decision.
Kaden Russell, up against seventh-ranked Zack Zavatsky at 184 pounds, fell behind 6-2 before making a charge back to tie the math and trail 11-9 heading into the final 60 seconds. Zavatsky scored on the edge and pulled away with seven unanswered for the win.
Duke returns to action Feb. 7 against Appalachian State. The match will start at 7 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.
Virginia Tech 40, Duke 3
125: Joey Prata (VT)) major dec. Harrison Campbell (Duke), 14-2 | VT 4, Duke 0
133: No. 12 Korbin Myers (VT) win by forfeit | VT 10, Duke 0
141: Mitch Moore (VT) fall Josh Finesilver (Duke), 0:45 | VT 16, Duke 0
149: No. 6 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) decision Ryan Blees (VT), 3-0 | VT 16, Duke 3
157 : B.C. LaPrade (VT) major dec. Benjamin Anderson (Duke), 14-5 | VT 20, Duke 3
165: No. 8 Mekhi Lewis (VT) major dec. Zach Finesilver (Duke), 18-5 | VT 24, Duke 3
174: No. 7 David McFadden (VT) decision No. 17 Matt Finesilver (Duke), 6-2 | VT 27, Duke 3
184: No. 7 Zack Zavatsky (VT) major decision Kaden Russell (Duke), 18-9 | VT 31, Duke 3
197: No. 7 Tom Sleigh (VT) decision Alec Schenk (Duke), 3-1 | VT 34, Duke 3
285: No. 18 Billy Miller (VT) fall Araad Fisher (Duke), 1:11 | VT 40, Duke 3