DURHAM, N.C.—Duke redshirt junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown will take his undefeated ACC record to Chapel Hill Tuesday night as the Blue Devils wrestling squad takes on North Carolina in a conference dual in Carmichael Arena. The match is set for 7 p.m., on ESPN3
Duke (6-11, 0-4 ACC) and North Carolina are meeting for the 89th time since the first match in 1927. The Tar Heels have won nine straight with the Blue Devils’ last victory coming in 2004 in Chapel Hill. North Carolina (5-10, 0-4 ACC) edged the Blue Devils 24-13 last season on the strength of a fall and a technical fall.
Kerr-Brown, 20-8 overall, posted a 5-2 decision at Maryland over the weekend to remain a perfect 4-0 against ACC foes. The 157-pounder has won six of his past seven bouts and is 13-4 overall in duals. His 20 wins are three more than his total from a year ago, while his four ACC victories are more than his total in the previous two seasons. He will go up against redshirt freshman Jake Crawford, who is 4-11 in duals this season.
Redshirt sophomore Marcus Cain heads into the midweek ACC dual on the heels of a 10-2 major decision at Maryland. Wrestling at 165 pounds – up from 149 a year ago – Cain has won four of five and is 10-12 overall for the year.
At 197 pounds, redshirt sophomore Conner Hartmann looks to rebound from a hard-fought 3-2 decision to eighth-ranked Christian Boley of Maryland. Ranked 19th last week, Hartmann is 16-8 overall and 1-3 in ACC duals. Hartmann will wrestler Frank Abbondanza, who he defeated in the ACC Championship last season by a 6-1 decision.
North Carolina, after starting the year 5-4, has lost six straight with the most recent being a 21-9 setback at Virginia. The Tar Heels are 5-10 overall and 0-4 in league action. Fourth-ranked Evan Henderson leads the Tar Heels at 141 pounds with a 29-4 record and 3-1 mark against ACC foes. His lone loss came against No. 16 Joe Spisak of Virginia. Christian Barber, at 149 pounds, is 26-7 overall and 3-1 against ACC foes to join Henderson in the 20-wins club.
The Blue Devils take a break from conference action Sunday at The Citadel. The match is set for 4 p.m., in Charleston, S.C.