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Carolina Duals Await Blue Devils Sunday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/16/2013
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DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University wrestling team returns to the mat Sunday with a short drive over to Chapel Hill for the Carolina Duals at Carmichael Arena. The Blue Devils will take on The Citadel and Campbell at 12 and 2 p.m., respectively.

Carolina Duals Details

North Carolina will host Duke, Campbell and The Citadel in the annual Carolina Duals in Carmichael Arena. Two matches will go on at the same time as Duke and The Citadel and North Carolina and Campbell square off at 12 p.m. The Blue Devils and Camels and Tar Heels and Bulldogs close out the action at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Series Histories

The Citadel and Campbell are familiar foes for Duke as the Blue Devils have faced them a combined 84 times, including five times in the past three seasons. Duke is 28-11-3 all-time against the Bulldogs, but The Citadel has won seven straight, including a 28-14 win at home a year ago. The Blue Devils have a commanding 38-4 mark over the Camels since the first bout in 1971. Duke will look to avenge a heart-breaking 19-17 loss at Campbell last season, the Camels' first over the Blue Devils since 2002. Duke's last win over The Citadel was a 19-15 victory in Raleigh, N.C.

Last Time We Met

Duke opened the match at The Citadel by winning at 165 and 184 pounds before the Bulldogs took wins in six of the final seven matches of the evening for a 28-14 victory. Ryan Harding (165), Diego Bencomo (184) and Tanner Hough (141) each collected wins for the Blue Devils. Duke's matchup with Campbell was a close affair as the Camels built up a 16-7 lead before the Blue Devils mounted a comeback. After dropping points in four of the first five matches, Duke came right back and won three straight to make it a two-point match, 16-14, with two bouts remaining. Campbell's Nick Rex gave his squad the final win it needed with a decision at 157 for a 19-14 advantage.

Kerr-Brown Win Streak Extended

Duke redshirt sophomore Immanuel Kerr-Brown extended his win streak to five matches this past week with a thrilling overtime victory over his North Carolina rival. Kerr-Brown is 6-4 in duals and 8-6 since starting to compete in a Duke singlet this season. Included in his five-match win streak is a pair of ACC victories over Maryland and North Carolina. His last loss was Jan. 26 versus Boston University.

Scouting the Blue Devils

The Blue Devils look to resume their winning ways Sunday after dropping a 24-13 decision to North Carolina Feb. 12. Duke is 7-6 overall, but has lost two straight. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Gambucci (133) is 7-3 in duals and 12-4 overall, while Marcus Cain (149) is an impressive 9-2 in dual bouts and 18-8 for the year. Sophomore Tanner Hough (141) and redshirt freshman Trey Adamson (174) are both 8-6 in duals and have 17 and 15 wins overall, respectively.

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: Diego Bencomo

HWT: Brian Self

Scouting The Citadel

The Citadel improved to 6-5 overall with a 25-9 win over VMI Friday evening. The Bulldogs are led by a pair of top-20 wrestlers in No. 7 Uri Khishignyam (141) and No. 13 Odie Delaney (HWT). Khishignyam sports a 33-3 overall record and is unbeaten at 8-0 in duals, while Delaney is equally impressive at 31-7 and 9-1 in dual matches. The Citadel has received 91 points from the duo. Also eclipsing the 20-win plateau is Matt Frisch at 157 with a 24-13 mark.

Probable Lineup

The Citadel

Joaquin Marquez

Aaron Hansen

#7 Ugi Khishignyam

Jordan Dix

Matt Frisch

Vincent Bellaran

Jack Duane

Josh Tuck

Marshall Haas

#13 Odie Delaney

Scouting Campbell

The Camels enter the Carolina Duals with a 6-7 mark after beating Davidson 40-12 Thursday evening. Campbell is paced by No. 27 Eric Montoya at 125 pounds with a 29-11 overall record. Michael Dahlstrom is 5-3 at 141 pounds after earning a pair of victories against Virginia Tech and Davidson.

Probable Lineup

#27 Eric Montoya

Tanner Bidelspach OR
Trent Little

Michael Dahlstrom

Brent Jorge OR
Grant Blumenthal

Nick Rex OR
Daniel Luty

Paul Duggan

Cody Ryba

Taylor McGiffen

John Merickel

Joe Nolan

In Common

Duke shares numerous common opponents with both Campbell and The Citadel. All three squads own wins over VMI, Gardner-Webb, Davidson and SIUE, while Campbell lost to Appalachian State. Duke and Campbell lost to Virginia Tech and The Citadel owns to wins over the Keydets of VMI.




The Citadel


W, 22-15

W, 32-9

W, 38-3

Appalachian State

W, 24-15

L, 15-16

W, 25-13


W, 19-15

W, 24-12

W, 33-7

SIU Edwardsville

W, 38-9

W, 41-8

W, 41-3


W, 38-6

W, 40-12

W, 32-12

Virginia Tech

L, 0-41

L, 4-42





W, 25-9

Up Next

Duke closes out its ACC schedule at NC State Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The ACC Championships are set for March 9 in College Park, Md.

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