DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University wrestling duo Matt Finesilver and Mitch Finesilver have been selected to represent the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July 4-18 in Israel. The pair is two of the 12 wrestlers chosen to be a part of Maccabi USA Open Men's Wrestling Team
Joining Matt and Mitch are Nate Engel (Missouri Valley College '09). Sage Heller (Hofstra), Mike Kosoy (NC State '16), Parker Kropman (Binghamton), Donald McNeil (Rider University '15), Jack Mutchnik (American), Bo Schlosser (Franktown, Colo.), Mosha Schwartz (Wyoming Seminary), Zach Sherman (Blair Academy), and Gordon Wolf (Lehigh).
Matt, who will join the Duke wrestling squad this coming fall, will compete at 74 kg for Maccabi USA. The incoming Blue Devil competed unattached in a selection of wrestling tournaments this past season. He posted a 2-2 record at the Wolfpack Open with losses to Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin and Luke Drugac of Old Dominion and advanced to the consolation semifinals of the Appalachian State Open.
Wrestling at 70 kg, Mitch is coming off of a redshirt season for Duke. The Greenwood Village, Colo., native went 8-3 overall this past season and took seventh at the Southern Scuffle at 157 pounds. He is the 2016 ACC runner-up at 149 pounds and is a two-time NCAA qualifier. He was one win shy of earning All-America status in the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA's success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.
Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition. We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community. Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.