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Year: Senior
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: Trinity Christian Academy


 Career Statistics   2014-15   2015-16   2016-17   2017-18

2016-17: Duke’s starter at 125 pounds … Recorded a career-best 19-11 overall record … The 19 wins are six more than his previous two seasons combined Took fifth at the Wolfpack Open … Went 8-4 in duals and 2-3 against ACC foes … Recorded two falls … Posted a 4-2 record at the Southeast Open … Won his first four dual matches, including a 5-2 decision over Jens Lantz of Wisconsin … Tallied an ACC win at NC State, besting Tommy Cox 11-6 … Also posted a win over James Szymanski of North Carolina, 6-5 … Recorded crucial wins against Old Dominion and Gardner-Webb to help Duke post dual wins … NWCA  Scholar All-America … All-ACC Academic Team … ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2015-16: Duke’s starter at 125 pounds … Went 9-12 overall and 3-6 in duals … Took fourth at the Hokie Open and Wolfpack Open … Went 1-2 against ACC foes … Picked up a crucial 11-6 decision over Cody Karns of North Carolina to help Duke upset the No. 13 Tar Heels ... ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2014-15: Wrestled at 125 pounds as a true freshman … Compiled a 4-16 overall record and went 4-12 in duals … Competed unattached early in the season, going 5-3 overall … Took second at the Wolfpack Open … Posted victories over George Mason and Maryland foes at the Grapple at the Garden … Registered a 7-2 decision in the dual against North Carolina … ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Before Duke: A four-year state qualifier .... Wrestled at Lake Highlands High School for three seasons ... Finished his career at Trinity Christian Academy ... Earned all-state honors each year ... Finished as a the state runner-up as a junior and took home the title his senior campaign ... Finished his scholastic career with a 199-14 overall record ... Wrestled at 120 pounds as a senior and posted a 52-4 record with all four losses to opponents ranked top 10 nationally ... Took eighth at 2014 Ironman All-American tournament ... Won the 2014 Prep Slam National Tournament ... Also captured the Texas Prep and TAAPS State titles in 2014 ... Earned All-America honors at the USA Prep Nationals ... A two-time regional champion and three-time district champ ... Garnered runner-up at the 2012 Ironman and went 55-2 overall ... A three-time MVP for Lake Highlands ... Was the first freshman to qualify in Lake Highlands’ 25 years for UIL State Tournament ... Took ninth at the 2013 USA Wrestling Freestyle Junior Nationals ... Was third at the 2013 USA Folkstyle Junior Nationals to earn All-America ... Voted the No. 22 high school wrestler by USA Wrestling Magazine ... 2014 Texas Academic All-State ... AP Scholar.
Personal: Son of Kyle and Yvette Atkins ... Born January 10, 1996 in Dallax, Texas ... Has two brothers and one sister ... Father played football at Brown University (1981-85) ... Brother, Zac, played football at Sewanee, the Univerity of the South and was a Division III All-American ... Sister, Avery, played soccer at Colgate (2009-13) ... Brother, Trevor, played lacrosse at Colgate for two season and is a current member of the Furman lacrosse team.

Year Weight Tournament Dual ACC Overall
2014-15 125 0-4 4-12 1-4 4-16
2015-16 125 6-6 3-6 1-2 9-12
2016-17 125 11-7 8-4 2-3 19-11
Total 125 17-17 15-22 4-9 32-39
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