AKRON, Ohio—Duke University redshirt junior Mitch Finesilver turned in a fantastic weekend with a third-place finish at University Nationals at Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House on the campus of University of Akron. Finesilver took third in freestyle at 70 kilograms.
Finesilver, after suffering a narrow 4-0 setback in his opening match, rattled off nine straight victories to land on the podium in third. Four of his nine consecutive wins were by technical fall, including a 10-0 triumph that pushed him into the consolation semifinal and secured a place for the Colorado native.He is the third Blue Devil in program history to place in the prestigious national tournament.
In the consolation semifinal, Mitch took a 2-1 lead in the first period and was able to hold off any threats by Max Thomsen and advanced to the consolation title bout against UNC rival Heilmann. The two-time NCAA qualifier controlled the match against Heilmann, winning 8-5 to take third.
Alec Schenk turned a strong showing in 86 kg at the tournament, advancing to the consolation round of 16 before losing to Virginia's Chance McClure 5-3. Two of the three straight wins were by technical fall.
These performances came on the heels of a fourth-place showing by Jacob Kasper in Greco-Roman at 98 kg.
Full results from the freestyle competition are below.
Joshua Copeland – 57 kg
Defeated Marcus England (Coe College), 10-0 (0:45)
Lost – Gerald Wert (Broncs Wrestling Club), 12-2 (1:24)
Lost – Brandon Loperfido (Mat Town USA), 13-8
Josh Finesilver – 61 kg
Lost – Andrew Schutz (Husky Elite Wrestling Club), 12-2 (2:08)
Defeated Tony Recco (Edinboro Regional Training Center), 10-9
Lost – Lucas Hall (Michigan State), 10-0 (1:06)
Brandon Leynaud – 70 kg
Lost Vincent Leeth (Missouri Wrestling Foundation), 12-0 (1:44)
Lost – L. Knutzen (Wolverine Wrestling Club), 15-2 (3:42)
Mitch Finesilver – 70 kg
Lost – Alex Klucker (Mat Town USA), 4-0 (1:13)
Defeated Jordan Shearer (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center), 10-1 (PP)
Defeated Nick Boggs (Lake Erie Storm), 15-1 (SP)
Defeated Michael Bartolo (Clarion RTC), 11-1 (4:04)
Defeated Benjamin Brancale (Minnesota Storm), 10-0 (1:49)
Defeated Ronnie Perry (Mat Town USA), 8-1
Defeated Taleb Rahmani (Pittsborgh), 7-1
Defeated Mike Vanbrill (Rutgers), 10-0
Defeated Max Thomsen (Panther Wrestling Club RTC), 2-1
Defeated Troy Heilmann (Tar Heel Wrestling Club), 8-5
Zach Finesilver – 74 kg
Lost – Andrew Fogarty (Bison Wrestling Club), 10-0 (2:33)
Defeated Garrett Hall (Ashland), 6-0 (0:40)
Defeated Austin Hiles (Michigan State), 15-12 (PP)
Lost – Lorenzo De La Riva (Cal State Bakersfield), 12-11 (PP)
Matt Finesilver – 80 kg
Lost – Devin Skatzka (Hoosier Wrestling Club), 13-8 (PP)
Lost – Jonathan Viruet (New England RTC), 11-0 (4:38)
Alec Schenk – 86 kg
Lost – Mitchell Bowman (University of Iowa), 14-3 (2:33)
Defeated Zachary Skates (OCU Stars), 10-2
Defeated Jonathan Morales (Boilermaker RTC), 12-2 (2:02)
Defeated AJ Williams (Unattached), 12-2 (0:45)
Lost – Chance McClure (Cavalier WC), 5-3
Araad Sarrami – 97 kg
Lost – Randall Diabe (Appalachian State RTC), 10-0 (3:13)
Lost – Nathan Rose (Minnesota Storm) 12-2 (3:26)