DURHAM, N.C.—After over a month off from competition, the Duke University wrestling team is rested and raring to go for the 2014 Southern Scuffle presented by Defense Soap and Flips Wrestling at Chattanooga. Action begins Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. and ends with the championship finals Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
One of wrestling’s premier events of the year, the Southern Scuffle is hosted by Chattanooga and will be held at McKenzie Arena. Reserved seating is $25, while general admission is $15 for adults and $5 for youth. Complete details for the event can be found here.
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Headlining Duke will be redshirt sophomore Conner Hartmann at 197 pounds as the No. 11 seed overall. Hartmann is currently ranked 15th in the Amateur Wrestling News rankings and 20th in the InterMat poll after starting the year with a 6-1 overall record. The Port Orchard, Wash., native’s lone loss came in a dual with No. 14/19 Braden Atwood of Purdue. Hartmann finished sixth last year at the Southern Scuffle.
Redshirt junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown aims to keep his hot streak going. He is riding a four-match win streak and is 7-2 overall at 157 pounds for the Blue Devils. His lone two losses came in the Hokie Open where he took sixth. Kerr-Brown has since posted three wins over Big Ten foes in duals.
Much like Kerr-Brown, redshirt sophomore Trey Adamson has shown great improvement this season. The Riverton, Utah native is 6-2 overall and has won four of his past five bouts with the lone loss being a 10-9 decision to Ohio State’s Mark Martin. Adamson took third at the Hokie Open at 174 pounds.
At 165 pounds Marcus Cain is 5-3 overall and finished the calendar year on a two-match win streak, while redshirt junior Brandon Gambucci looks to get back to the mat at 133 pounds after an early season injury. Gambucci is 3-2 overall for the Blue Devils and last wrestled Nov. 16 at Purdue.
Duke’s lone senior Brian Self will compete in his final Southern Scuffle at heavyweight. A native of Oklahoma City, Self, who has moved up from 197, is 2-6 on the year.
True freshmen Connor Bass, Xaviel Ramos and Jacob Kasper all have shown steady improvement in the early part of the season. At 149 pounds, Bass took third at the Hokie Open to start his collegiate career and is 4-4 overall.
Ramos, wrestling at 141, is 3-6 overall for Duke, while Kasper has been solid with a 5-2 record at 184 pounds. Kasper took top honors at the Hokie Open to kick off his Blue Devil career with a bang and owns a dual win over Cleveland State.
Duke opens its ACC dual schedule with conference newcomer Pittsburgh Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. The Blue Devils’ ACC home opener will be Jan. 17 against Virginia.