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Release: 03/05/2011
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Duke University redshirt sophomore Diego Bencomo upset top-seeded and No. 19 Jon Fausey of the University of Virginia in the ACC Wrestling Championship semifinal to earn a spot in the championship bout at 184 pounds. The win ensures Bencomo a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Seeded fourth overall at 184 pounds, Bencomo received a bye in the first round. Going up against Fausey in the semifinals, the Phoenix native fell behind 2-1 in the first period. He registered an escape to start the second session and make it a 2-2 match. The contest remained tied after five minutes and Fausey picked down to start the final stanza. The Cavalier redshirt freshman jumped ahead 3-2 with the escape. The score remained in Fausey's favor until the final seconds when he shot in on Bencomo and the Blue Devil was able to scramble for a takedown and 4-3 decision. Bencomo will take on Corey Peltier of Maryland in the championship bout. Peltier narrowly won the regular season contest 8-6.

At 174 pounds, redshirt freshman Bret Klopp registered two close losses to finish the season. He fell to the No. 3 seed Thomas Ferguson of North Carolina in the opening bout 8-4. In the consolation bracket it was No. 4 seed Matt Epperly from Virginia Tech edging Klopp by a 5-3 decision. Klopp finishes the year with a 27-12 overall record.

Senior Mike Bell lined up at 141 pounds and dropped the first two matches of the day to finish his season with a 17-18 overall record, while A.J. Guardado did the same at 149 pounds. Rookie Ryan Harding made his debut at the ACC Championships at 157 pounds, falling to the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds overall. Senior Willy Mello completes his season at 165 pounds with an 8-17 mark after dropping a pair of matches to the No. 2 and No. 4 seeds overall in the tournament. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Fulk competed at heavyweight. He nearly defeated Eloheim Palma of NC State, losing a tough 6-5 decision. Jack Danilkowicz ended Fulk's day in the consolation bracket, edging him in a 5-3 decision.

The Blue Devils remain in sixth place with nine points overall. The consolation and championship finals kick off at 7 p.m., at John Paul Jones Arena. Fans can watch the live stream at   


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