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Rivalry Week Begins with Wrestling Tuesday Night
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/12/2013
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DURHAM, N.C.-With the annual matchup between Duke and North Carolina on the hardwood looming on Wednesday, the Duke University wrestling team gets rivalry week started with its own matchup with the Tar Heels, Tuesday Feb. 12. The Blue Devils and North Carolina meet up at 7 p.m., in Card Gymnasium.

Samaritans Feet

Head coach Glen Lanham and the Blue Devils will be teaming up with the Samaritans Feet humanitarian organization to raise money to purchase shoes for those impoverished in the United States and around the world. Lanham will coach barefoot to help raise awareness for the organization. It will be the first of three Duke athletics events this week that will promote Samaritans Feet. Duke students can donate at each event simply by swiping their ID card, while fans can donate $10, which equals a pair of new shoes. All proceeds go directly to Samaritans Feet. For more details about the foundation visit: here.

Honoring the Seniors

Tuesday night's match against North Carolina will be the final match for redshirt seniors Diego Bencomo, Andrew Fulk and Peter Terrezza. All three have been dedicated members of the Duke wrestling program since the 2008-09 season, amassing a combined 232-115 career record. Bencomo heads into the final home match with a 70-41 mark, one NCAA runner-up finish, and as one of two Duke wrestlers all-time to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. Terrezza sports a 58-47 mark, including a career-high 23 victories his rookie campaign. Fulk closes out his career after battling injuries in each of the past two seasons.

Tobacco Road Dual

Duke and North Carolina will dual for the 88th time since the two programs met in 1927. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series 63-24 and have won each of the past eight meetings dating back to 2004. Duke's last win over North Carolina came Feb. 3, 2004 in a 21-13 win in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Kerr-Brown Riding Streak

Redshirt junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown pushed his win streak to four this past week with a pair of hard-fought decisions. He opened the week with a big 5-0 decision over Gardner-Webb's wins leader to help Duke clinch a 19-15 victory against the Bulldogs. Four days later, the Rome, Ga., native was Duke's lone winner as he blanked Maryland's Brady Massaro, 5-0 to earn his 22nd win of the campaign. Kerr-Brown is 22-11 overall and 5-4 in duals this season, including 1-2 against ACC foes.

Scouting the Blue Devils

Duke looks to rebound after a tough loss to Maryland this past Saturday. The Blue Devils are 7-6 overall and 0-3 against ACC foes this season. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Gambucci and redshirt freshman Marcus Cain have fared well in dual matches with 7-2 and 8-2 records, respectively. Kerr-Brown takes a four-match win streak into the bout with the Tar Heels, while Trey Adamson has an 8-5 mark in duals at 174 pounds. Sophomore Tanner Hough is 8-5 in duals, while he and Cain both own 17 victories for the year.

Probable Lineup

125: Peter Terrezza

133: Brandon Gambucci

141: Tanner Hough

149: Marcus Cain

157: Immanuel Kerr-Brown

165: Randy Roden

174: Trey Adamson

184: Dylan Ryan

197: Michael Chapman

285: Brian Self


Scout the Tar Heels

North Carolina enters the midweek ACC bout with a 6-6 overall record and 1-3 mark against ACC competition. The Tar Heels are coming off of a 28-9 win over VMI Friday, while their lone conference victory came against NC State. Evan Henderson leads the Tar Heel starting contingent with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 4-0 mark in the ACC at 141 pounds. Nathan Kraisser is 27-4 overall and 4-0 in ACC bouts at 125.

125 - Nathan Kraisser (27-4)

133 - Joey Ward (18-7) or Pat Owens (7-9)

141 - Evan Henderson (28-6)

149 - Nick Heilmann (15-12) or Christian Barber (20-11)

157 - Chris Mears (6-11)

165 - John Staudenmayer (19-10)

174 - Tanner Eitel (6-3)

184 - Alex Utley (20-12) or Frank Abbondanza (8-16)

197 - Antonio Giorgio (8-5)

HWT - Cody Klempay (2-15)

In Common

Duke and North Carolina share four common opponents with three of those coming in the ACC. Both are 1-3 against Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and VMI with the wins coming against the Keydets.

Opponent          Duke                   UNC

Virginia              L, 0-38               L, 9-24

Virginia Tech   L, 0-41               L, 0-32

Maryland          L, 3-38             L, 16-21

VMI                W, 22-15             W, 28-9


Tuesday night's bout will feature just one rematch from a year ago as Duke's Tanner Hough and North Carolina's Evan Henderson square off. Henderson edged Hough, 5-2 in Chapel Hill a year ago. Five Blue Devils return from the 2012 lineup, while the Tar Heels feature just two of the same starters from a year ago.

Up Next

Duke makes the short trip to Chapel Hill Sunday, Feb. 17 for the UNC Duals. The Blue Devils will take on The Citadel and Campbell at 12 and 2 p.m., respectively.