Duke Wrestling BIO
2011-12: Competed at both 197 and heavyweight ... moved up to heavyweight after injury to Andrew Fulk ... posted a 5-10 overall record ... went 3-4 in dual matches and 2-6 in tournament action ... went 1-1 against ACC foes with a win over NC State's Josh Davis ... also had dual victories against Davidson and Appalachian State.
2009-10: Did not compete.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner at Great Bridge ... posted a 75-24 scholastic career record ... went a career-best 35-5 as a senior ... named the Most Valuable Player as a senior ... earned runner-up honors in the state tournament and captured regional and district titles as a senior ... played fifth in the region as a junior and was the runner-up in the district in 2008 ... a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Robert James Mello on April 29, 1991 in San Diego, California ... son of Bill and Pam Mello ... has one brother and two sisters ... brother Willy is a junior on the Duke wrestling team.