Duke Wrestling BIO
Career: Compiled a 74-41 career record at 184 pounds for the Blue Devils … a four-year starter … was the second Duke wrestler to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in program history when he did so in 2011 … finishes his career with a 30-14 record in dual matches and 9-8 in ACC duals … had 11 career pins and 20 major decisions.
2012-13: Went 14-10 overall at both 184 and 197 pounds … posted a perfect 4-0 mark at 197 … recorded a 2-1 record in ACC duals … earned wins over North Carolina and NC State in the 197-pound division … finished second at the Hokie Open, losing to top-seeded and 13th-ranked Dan Rinaldi by a 3-2 decision in the title bout.
2011-12: Competed in 16 matches at 184 pounds, posting a 12-4 overall record ... went 3-1 against ACC foes with wins over opponents from Virginia Tech, Maryland and NC State... finished third at the ACC Championships at 184 pounds ... posted a 9-3 record in dual matches.
2010-11: Compiled a 27-16 overall record at 184 pounds … Became the 32nd Blue Devil to earn a NCAA Tournament berth … Advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, just the second Duke wrestler to do so … Upset No. 5 Ryan Loder from Northern Iowa to move into the quarterfinal … Took runner-up honors at the ACC Championships to earn All-ACC recognition … Advanced to the title bout after upsetting No. 19 and the ACC’s top seed Jon Fausey of Virginia … Won the Appalachian State Open and took second at the NC State Open … Finished fourth at the Keystone Classic … Went 22-12 in tournament bouts and 5-4 in dual matches … Was 2-3 against conference foes … Finished the season with four falls and 12 overall victories with bonus points … Went 4-4 against ranked opponents … Selected as team’s Most Outstanding Athlete … Team Captain.
2009-10: Anchored the lineup at 184 pounds ... finished the year with a team-best 21 victories and with a 21-11 overall record ... went 7-4 in dual contests and 2-2 against ACC competition ... started the year with a 15-5 record, earning three top-five finishes ... captured the Citadel Open title ... took third at the Pembroke Classic and fifth in the Keystone Classic ... earned a 6-4 overtime decision over North Carolina's Nick Tenpenny ... advanced to the consolation round of eight at the Southern Scuffle, going 4-2 for the weekend ... registered four falls for the year.
2008-09: Took a redshirt year ... Competed unattached in three tournaments ... Won the Citadel Open and took fourth at the Hokie Open ... Posted a 7-4 overall record unattached.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain out of Independence High School ... named a Senior National Wrestling All-American as a senior ... compiled a career prep record of 121-10 ... won three consecutive state championships and won the region in each of his four seasons ... lost only one match after his freshman season ... went a combined 51-0 as a junior and senior ... took eighth at the NHSCA Senior National Tournament ... claimed "Outstanding Wrestler" honors at the region and state meets in 2007 and 2008 ... also took home the "Outstanding Wrestler" award in consecutive years at the Peoria Invitational ... honored with the Dave Schultz Excellence Award as a senior, which recognizes high school wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, character, citizenship and community service ... finished among the top three percent in his class.
Personal: Born Diego Bencomo on Sept. 12, 1989 in Proviso Township ... son of Maria and Raul Bencomo ... has a brother, Raul, and a sister, Yury.