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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Hartmann Captures Hokie Open Title
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/04/2012
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SALEM, Va.-Duke University redshirt freshman Conner Hartmann kicked off the 2012-13 wrestling season in high fashion, capturing the 197-pound title at the Hokie Open. The tournament was Hartmann's first in a Blue Devil singlet, while redshirt senior Diego Bencomo brought home runner-up recognition.

"Overall I thought we wrestled well," head coach Glen Lanham said. "Obviously there are always things we can work on and we'll do that this week, but we're really pleased with how the guys competed. Eight of our guys had winning records and we had a champ and a runner-up and a sixth place so I'm pleased overall. Now we'll get back to it this week and get ready for Michigan State, which will be even tougher."

Hartmann finished the day a perfect 4-0 and gave up just five points total in the four matches to bring home the title. The native of Port Orchard, Wash., started the day with a commanding 6-0 decision over Joe Grisko of Newberry College. He followed by outlasting No. 2 seed Derrick Borlie of ACC rival Virginia Tech, 5-2. Hartmann continued to take down seeded wrestlers, rolling into the title bout with a 3-0 win over No. 3 seed Dan Seidenberg of Rutgers. Up against the bracket's top seed, Antonio Giorgio of North Carolina, Hartmann turned in an outstanding finals performance to post the 6-3 decision for the Hokie Open title.

Bencomo, seeded third in the 184-pound division, also cruised through the first few matches, winning by major decision 12-0 in the opening bout and defeating Indiana's Luke Sheridan 6-2 to earn a spot in the semifinals. Facing second-seeded Turktogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel for a chance to move into the title bout, the Phoenix native narrowly advanced to the title match with a 3-1 decision. The final match of the day was even closer as No. 1 seed Dan Rinaldi of Rutgers was able to hold on for a 3-2 decision over Bencomo. The runner-up finish is the best result at the Hokie Open in Bencomo's career.

At 174 pounds, redshirt freshman Trey Adamson posted a 2-2 overall record in his first competition in a Duke uniform. Adamson won his opening match with an 11-4 decision over John Dommert of VMI before narrowly falling to top-seeded Greg Zanetti from Rutgers, 6-5. Adamson added a 14-2 major decision in the consolation bracket, but had his day ended by No. 3 seed Jake Young in a 6-4 decision.

Sophomore Randy Roden competed well at 165 pounds. Roden went 3-2 for the day, capturing three decisions overall. He won twice in the consolation bracket before bowing out with a 5-0 loss to Blake Ridenour of Newberry.

Tanner Hough, coming off of his outstanding rookie season, dropped his season-opening match with an 8-4 decision to Joey Moon of North Carolina. Hough bounced back to win three straight in the consolation bracket before being edged 6-4 by No. 2 seed Zach Neibert of Virginia Tech.  

Among the selection of wrestlers wearing the Duke singlet for the first time was redshirt freshman Marcus Cain at 149 pounds. Cain got off to a strong start with three straight wins, including a 15-2 major decision over Chattanooga's Parker Smith to advance to the quarterfinals. Cain's run for a title ended there as No. 7 seed Dylan Cottrell outlasted the Winston-Salem, N.C., native 6-4. He added a win in the consolation quarters, but was stopped by the No. 2 seed this time in Virginia's Gus Sako, 6 -1.

Redshirt freshman Brendan Walsh represented Duke at heavyweight, going 3-2 in his debut as a Blue Devil. After falling into the consolation bracket, Walsh added two more victories, including a 16-2 major decision, but eventually had his day ended with a 5-2 setback to Jared Erickson of Air Force.

A host of wrestlers competed unattached for the tournament. Redshirt sophomore Immanuel Kerr-Brown fared the best with a 7-3 mark at 157 pounds to finish sixth overall. Freshman Brian Dorsey had a strong showing, going 5-2 at 165 pounds. He advanced to the second consolation quarterfinal before losing a 3-2 heartbreaker to Sean Mappes of Chattannooga.

The Blue Devils continue their tough schedule next weekend, traveling to the Michigan State Open Nov. 11.