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Blue Devils Host Rival UNC on Senior Night
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Release: 02/21/2019
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Match 11

Duke (2-8, 0-4) vs. No. 13 North Carolina (11-7, 3-1)

February 22, 2019 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Durham, N.C. | Cameron Indoor Stadium


ACC Network Extra | Match Notes


Senior Night

  • The Blue Devils will honor their five outstanding seniors prior to the match Friday night. The group of Mitch Finesilver, Zach Finesilver, Araad Fisher, Brandon Leynaud and Alex Schenk are suiting up for the final time in Cameron. They have been invaluable members of the program as both leaders on the mat and on campus.


About the Match

  • The match is set to start at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Admission is free and fans unable to attend can watch the action live on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.


Duke Blue Devils             

2018-19 Record (ACC): 2-8 (0-4)

Wt. Rk. Name Yr. Record
125 - Harrison Campbell R-Fr. 2-11
133 - Arien Leigh Fr. 0-9
141 - Josh Finesilver So. 18-10
149 7 Mitch Finesilver R-Sr. 25-3
157 - Benjamin Anderson R-Fr. 5-9
165 - Zach Finesilver R-Sr. 15-7
174 16 Matt Finesilver So. 22-6
184 - Kaden Russell So. 17-11
197 - Alec Schenk R-Sr. 5-7
285 - Araad Fisher Sr. 1-11

* Rankings are InterMat (2/19)


North Carolina Tar Heels            

2018-19 Record (ACC): 11-7 (3-1)

USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll: 13

Wt. Rk. Name Yr. Record
125 - Joe Heilmann Fr. 10-14
133 20 Gary Wayne Harding R-Sr. 23-9
141 A.C. Headlee R-Jr. 17-7
or Jaime Hernandez R-Fr. 9-4
149 4 Austin O’Connor R-Fr. 28-3
or Geno Esposito R-Fr. 8-9
157 20 Josh McClure R-So. 19-11
165 Sawyer Davidson R-So. 7-14
or Will MacDonald R-So. 7-11
174 Devin Kane R-So. 18-10
184 14 Chip Ness R-Sr. 16-10
197 Chasen Blair R-Fr. 11-9
or Brandon Whitman Fr. 17-10
285 20 Cory Daniel Sr. 20-8

* Rankings are InterMat (2/19)



Duke by the Numbers


87 – Career wins for Mitch Finesilver, three shy of becoming the 11th Blue Devil to record 90 victories


9-1 – Matt Finesilver’s record in his past 10 matches, with the loss coming against No. 7 David McFadden of Virginia Tech


8 – Match win streak for Mitch Finesilver


25 – Wins this season for Mitch Finesilver, just four shy of his career-best 29 in 2015-16


17 – Wins for sophomore Kaden Russell, 10 more than he had in his rookie campaign


6 – Blue Devils ranked in the first installment of the NCAA RPI


7 – Tar Heels ranked in the second edition of the coaches’ rankings


3 – More wins needed for Mitch Finesilver to move into a tie for 10th on Duke’s career wins list


5 – Of Duke’s 10 opponents currently ranked in the top 25



Series History

  • Duke and North Carolina are meeting for the 94th time in the programs’ storied histories. The Tar Heels hold a 68-25 lead in the series and have won the past two and nine of the previous 10.
  • The Blue Devils’ most recent win was a 21-17 victory in Chapel Hill in 2016. Duke last won in Durham in 1973.


Last Time Out

  • Duke went toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh Friday, falling to the 15th-ranked Panthers by a 20-19 score. The Blue Devils won five matches, but bonus points in the final bout of the evening proved to be the difference for Pittsburgh.
  • Garnering massive victories for postseason qualification were sophomore Josh Finesilver at 141 pounds and senior Alec Schenk at 197. Also winning for the Blue Devils were Eric Carter, Zach Finesilver and Matt Finesilver.


In Common

  • Duke and North Carolina share four common opponents. The Blue Devils went 0-4, while the Tar Heels were 4-0. Three of the four were top-20 opponents for the Blue Devils.
Opponent Duke UNC
Appalachian State L, 17-21 W, 28-7
Virginia Tech L, 3-40 W, 18-14
Pittsburgh L, 19-20 W, 19-16
NC State L, 12-30 W, 20-14


Last Time We Met

  • Jacob Kasper picked up his 100th career victory and 31st of the season with a dominant 16-1 technical fall in a 28-14 loss to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.
  • Mitch Finesilver also came away with a 4-0 decision over No. 15 Kennedy Monday in the setback.


Looking at Duke

  • Duke will celebrate five seniors Friday night in the final regular season dual match of the season. Araad Fisher, Mitch Finesilver, Zach Finesilver, Brandon Leynaud and Alec Schenk will be recognized for their effort and dedication to the program prior to the match.
  • Sixth-ranked Mitch Finesilver paces the Blue Devils with a 25-3 overall record and remains unbeaten in duals.  Matt Finesilver is ranked 16th week and sports a 22-6 mark. He  has just one dual loss  to No. 7 David McFadden of Virginia Tech, a 6-2 decision. Zach Finesilver, after missing the early portion of the campaign to an off-season injury, is 5-5 in his duals. Josh Finesilver (141) is 6-4 in duals, 18-10 overall after picking up a crucial win at Pitt last week.
  • At 184 pounds, Kaden Russell has taken big strides and is 17-11 on the year. He posted a huge result against Virginia’s Will Schany and was 33rd in the coaches’ rankings and 30th in the RPI. His 17 wins are 10 more than he had all of last season.


About North Carolina

  • North Carolina closes out its regular season slate Friday with an 11-7 record and a 3-1 mark against ACC foes. The lone loss came against NC State, 20-14, last Friday. The Tar Heels also lost to Cornell 29-5 last weekend.
  • Seven Tar Heels are listed n the  most recent NCAA Coaches’ Panel rankings. Austin O’Connor, wrestling at 149 pounds, is the most accomplished with a No. 4 national ranking and a 28-3 overall record. At 184 pounds, Chip Ness is 16-10 and ranked 14th. Only one of his wins has come in an ACC dual bout.
  • Cory Daniel and Austin O’Connor both are a perfect 4-0 in ACC duals. O’Connor has seven pins this season to pace the Tar Heels. Daniel is 2-4 against top 20 opponents.

Name Wt. Rank
Gary Wayne Harding 133 19
Austin Headlee 141 19
Austin O’Connor 149 5
Joshua McClure 157 20
Devin Kane 174 29
Chip Ness 184 14
Cory Gilliland-Daniel 285 16

Rematches and Matches to Watch

  • Friday’s dual features just one rematch from the 2018 dual. Kaden Russell looks to avenge his setback to Chip Ness in his rookie season. Ness scored the fall last season and is ranked 14th heading into Friday’s bout.


Yr. Wt. Matchup Result
17-18 184 Chip Ness vs. Kaden Russell UNC, Fall, 4:24
18-19 149 Mi. Finesilver vs. A. O’Connor Duke, Dec., 3-2
18-19 149 Mi. Finesilver vs. A. O’Connor UNC, Dec., 3-1
    • The match of the night will be at 149 pounds between No. 4 Austin O’Connor and No. 7 Mitch Finesilver. It will be the third match this season between the two. Mitch Finesilver won the first meeting 3-2 at the Hokie Open, while O’Connor took the second, a 3-1 decision at the Cliff Keen Invite. Both are unbeaten in the ACC.
    • Both Mitch Finesilver and O’Connor have faced No. 1 Matthew Kolodzik of Princeton. O’Connor lost to him 3-2 in a dual, while Mitch Finesilver fell to him at the NWCA All-Star Classic prior to the official start of the season.


    Up Next

    • Duke will return to the mat again for the ACC Championships March 9 in Blacksburg, Va. The NCAA allotments will be announced prior as the Blue Devils aim to land a record number of wrestlers in the NCAA Championships.




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