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Wrestling Hosts Gardner-Webb Tuesday Night
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/06/2012
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DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University wrestling team returns to the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium for its second home match of the year, Tuesday, Feb. 7 against Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge as the Blue Devils look to extend their win streak to three.

The match will be broadcast live on the Blue Devil Network with a subscription. Live scoring also will be available at free of charge.

Duke (2-6), coming off of a commanding 43-0 victory over Davidson in the Blue Devils' home opener, will take on the Bulldogs (4-8) for the 24th straight season and for the 25th time overall. Duke leads the all-time series 22-1-1. The last time the two squads met ended in a 22-22 tie in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Bulldogs' lone victory was a 28-20 triumph in 1998.

The Blue Devils are led in the lower weight classes by redshirt junior Peter Terrezza, redshirt freshman Brandon Gambucci and freshman Tanner Hough. Terrezza is 2-3 in dual matches at 125 pounds and 15-11 overall with wins in his past two matches. Gambucci, competing at 133 pounds, is 17-8 overall and 2-3 in dual competitions. He recently registered his third first-period fall of the year, pinning his Davidson opponent in just 1:08.

Hough is tied for the team-lead in wins with a 19-6 overall mark. He a 4-2 record in duals and leads the squad with eight pins, including one in his last bout against Davidson. The rookie is one of five freshmen or sophomores in the starting lineup for the Blue Devils.

Competing at 149 pounds, redshirt senior A.J.  Guardado is having a career year with a personal-best 17-7 overall record. He owns a team-best 7-1 record in duals and has won each of his previous five bouts. He has performed well in close matches with eight of his decisions coming by four or fewer points.

Redshirt freshman Immanuel Kerr-Brown and sophomore Ryan Harding will wrestle at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively, while freshman Randy Roden anchors the lineup at 174 pounds. All three currently are riding two-match win streaks.

At 184 pounds, 2011 NCAA quarterfinalist Diego Bencomo is 6-1 overall since returning to wrestling in January. He fell to his foe at North Carolina and had an injury default against No. 14 Jon Fausey of Virginia before starting a five-match win streak.

The Duke lineup is rounded out by sophomore Brian Self at 197 pounds and Robert Mello at heavyweight. Self sports a 7-11 overall mark and 3-5 record in duals, while Mello is wrestling up a weight class with a 1-1 mark at heavyweight.

Gardner-Webb is coming off of a 1-1 split over the weekend, falling to Campbell before beating Millersville. Alex Medved leads the Blue Devils at 157 pounds with a 12-8 overall record, while Travis Porter is 10-8 overall from the 197-pound division. Gardner-Webb and Duke share one common opponent in Campbell with both teams suffering heart-breaking losses to the Camels.

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