DURHAM, N.C.—Duke wrestling head coach Glen Lanham has announced the 2017-18 schedule that includes six home duals and a trip to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen Open. Duke will wrestle five of its six home duals in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Busy November Awaits Blue Devils
The Blue Devils open the season the first weekend in November, traveling to the Southeast Open Nov. 5. Duke came away with two titles from Connor Bass and Jacob Kasper and fourth-place showing by Zach Finesilver. Josh Copeland took sixth in the Freshman-Sophomore division of the tournament.
After a weekend off, Duke will do double duty Nov. 19 by splitting the team between the Wolfpack Open and the Keystone Open. The Blue Devils have fared well at the Wolfpack Open in recent seasons and earned six top-five finishes in 2016, including a heavyweight title from Kasper. Mitch Finesilver was runner-up, while Zach and Thayer Atkins took fifth at their respective weights.
Duke Returns to Cliff Keen Open
It’s been seven years since the Blue Devils have wrestled at the prestigious Cliff Keen Open in Las Vegas. Duke advanced a pair of wrestlers to day two of the event in 2010 and will look to land multiple spots on the podiums in 2017. The tournament, Dec. 1-2, attracts many of the nation’s top wrestlers and is a great chance to see opponents that the Blue Devils could see down the road in the NCAA Championships.
Kasper Looks to Repeat at Southern Scuffle to Kick Off 2018
The Blue Devils bring 2018 in with a bang at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee Jan. 1-2. Kasper made Duke wrestling history as the first Blue Devil to win a Southern Scuffle title and will look to climb atop the podium again in 2018 to add to his accolades. In addition to Kasper’s notable performance, a program-best three Blue Devils placed as Connor Bass and Mitch Finesilver took sixth and seventh, respectively.
Dual Season Opens at Carolina Duals
Duke opens its dual schedule with the Carolina Duals in Chapel Hill Jan. 6. The Blue Devils will face Army, Wyoming and American in the duals.
Duke vs. Wyoming | Wyoming leads series 1-0
The Blue Devils will look to avenge the loss to the Cowboys in 2009, a 36-6 setback in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke vs. Army West Point | Army leads 1-0
These two storied schools have not met on the wrestling mat since 1974. The Black Knights won 30-11 in a dual held in Princeton, N.J.
Duke vs. American | Duke leads 7-3
One of Duke’s more common non-conference foes in recent seasons, the Blue Devils lead the Eagles 7-3 in the series and have won two of the three meetings this decade. Duke bested American 23-13 in 2016 and 30-9 in 2015.
Finesilvers Head Home
The quartet of Finesilvers head home for Jan. 14 duals against Northern Colorado and CSU Bakersfield. It will be the first meeting with both programs. Duke will start the day against the Roadrunners at 1 p.m., and will wrestle the host Bears will at 3 p.m. (ET) at Bank of Colorado Arena.
Wrapping Up a Busy January
Duke vs. NC State | Jan. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Cameron Indoor Stadium
The Wolfpack lead the series 60-21-1 and is on a two-match win streak after the Blue Devils upset them in Raleigh in 2015. Duke is 2-3 against NC State in the past five matches.
Duke vs. Navy | Jan. 21 | 2 p.m. | Cameron Indoor Stadium
Duke hopes to avenge the heartbreaking loss to the Midshipmen last season. The Blue Devils battled tough, but literally just ran out of time before Kasper could get the bonus points for the win. Tied 17-17 after 10 bouts, Navy took the decision on criteria. Duke’s lone win over Navy came in 1928.
Duke at Virginia Tech | Jan. 27 | 1 p.m. | Cassell Coliseum
The Blue Devils close out the month with perennial power and reigning ACC Champion Virginia Tech. The Hokies are always a force to be reckoned with, featuring ranked wrestlers at nearly every weight class.
Duke to Wrestle Six Times in 18 Days in February
The Blue Devils will compete in six duals in a span of 18 days from Feb. 1 to Feb. 18 with four of those coming at home.
Duke vs. Gardner-Webb | Feb. 1 | 7 p.m. | Card Gymnasium
Duke opens February with Gardner-Webb at home. The Blue Devils have fared well against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, going 27-2-1 overall and a winner of three of the past four outings, including last season’s 23-22 thriller.
Duke vs. Virginia | Feb. 3 | 2 p.m. | Cameron Indoor Stadium
The Blue Devils host Virginia in search of their first win over the Cavaliers since 2005. This matchup will feature multiple matches to watch come February as both lineups solidified and gearing up for postseason action.
Duke vs. Appalachian State |Feb. 8 | 6:30 p.m. | Varsity Gym
The Blue Devils will look to regain their winning ways against the Mountaineers. Appalachian State has won the past two duals after Duke took three straight. It will be Duke’s final road trip out of the Triangle prior to postseason action.
Duke vs. Pitt | Feb. 11 | 2 p.m. | Cameron Indoor Stadium
Duke welcomes Pittsburgh to Durham for the first time after the Blue Devils traveled up there four straight times. The Blue Devils are in search of their first win over the Panthers after a couple of narrow setbacks in 2015 and 2016.
Duke vs. UNC | Feb. 14 | 7 p.m. | Carmichael Gymnasium
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than grappling against your rival. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels square off for the 93rd time as Duke looks to make it two straight on North Carolina’s home mat. The Tar Heels garnered the 25-15 a year ago, but it was Duke taking down its rival in Chapel Hill in 2016 and the 2018 match is expected to be no different.
Duke vs. Old Dominion | Feb. 18 | 2 p.m. | Cameron Indoor Stadium
Duke rounds out regular season wrestling with the Monarchs in Durham. The programs renewed the series last season with the Blue Devils coming away with an 18-16 victory in Norfolk to tie the overall series 2-2.
ACC Championships | March 3 | Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Blue Devils, after nearly three weeks off, aim to bring home multiple ACC titles and spots in the NCAA Championships at the annual conference championship. Jacob Kasper grabbed runner-up honors at heavyweight a year ago and looks to climb to the top of the podium in 2018.
NCAA Championships | March 15-17 | Cleveland, Ohio
Duke will aim to send more than two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight season. Jacob Kasper has hopes of returning to the podium in his home state, while Lanham aims for multiple All-Americans in 2018.
2017-18 Duke Wrestling Schedule
|Sunday||November||5||Southeast Open||Roanoke, Va.||All Day|
|Sunday||November||19||Wolfpack Open||Raleigh, N.C.||All Day|
|Sunday||November||19||Keystone Open||Philadelphia, Pa.||All Day|
|Friday-Saturday||December||1-2||Cliff Keen Open||Las Vegas, Nev.||All Day|
|Monday-Tuesday||January||1-2||Southern Scuffle||Chattanooga, Tenn.||All Day|
|Saturday||January||6||Carolina Duals||Chapel Hill, N.C.||TBA|
|(Army, Wyoming, American)|
|Sunday||January||14||vs. Cal State Bakersfield||Greeley, Colo.||1 p.m.|
|Sunday||January||14||at Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colo.||3 p.m.|
|Friday||January||19||NC STATE *||Durham, N.C.||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||January||21||NAVY||Durham, N.C.||2 p.m.|
|Saturday||January||27||at Virginia Tech *||Blacksburg, Va.||1 p.m.|
|Thursday||February||1||GARDNER-WEBB !||Durham, N.C.||7 p.m.|
|Saturday||February||3||VIRGINIA *||Durham, N.C.||2 p.m.|
|Thursday||February||8||at Appalachian State||Boone, N.C.||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||February||11||PITTSBURGH *||Durham, N.C.||2 p.m.|
|Wednesday||February||14||at North Carolina *||Chapel Hill, N.C.||7 p.m.|
|Sunday||February||18||OLD DOMINION||Durham, N.C.||2 p.m.|
|Saturday||March||3||at ACC Championships||Chapel Hill, N.C.||All Day|
|Thursday-Saturday||March||15-17||at NCAA Championships||Cleveland, Ohio||All Day|