CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Duke University wrestling team opened its 2018 dual schedule Friday at the Carolina Duals, falling in a trio of matches. The Blue Devils suffered setbacks to Army West Point, Wyoming and American.
Redshirt senior Jacob Kasper finished his day unbeaten at 3-0, earning bonus points in two of the wins and increasing his season wins total to 21. Mitch Finesilver, Zach Finesilver and Alec Schenk all went 2-1 at their respective weights.
Army West Point 23, Duke 20
Wyoming 34, Duke 7
American 26, Duke 14
Full recaps of each dual follow. The Blue Devils continue their dual schedule in Colorado Jan. 14 against Cal State Bakersfield and host Northern Colorado.
Army Rallies to Upend Blue Devils, 23-20
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Duke wrestling team opened its 2018 dual schedule with a hard-fought 23-20 setback to Army West Point at the Carolina Duals Friday morning. The Blue Devils won five of the 10 bouts, but bonus points proved to be the difference.
Duke got off to a fast start against the Black Knights, jumping ahead 12-0 after three matches. Brandon Leynaud started the day with a bang, pinning Knox Fuller in the first period to give the Blue Devils the 6-0 cushion. The fall was the third of the season and sixth of his career.
The Blue Devils picked up decisions from No.10 Mitch Finesilver and Zach Finesilver to extend the lead to 12-0. Mitch cruised 6-0 against Lucas Weiland, while Zach scored a takedown in the final 20 seconds to earn his ninth win of the year at 165 pounds.
Army was able to cut the lead in half due to a forfeit at 174 pounds and it pulled within one, 12-11, with a technical fall from Noah Stewart at 184. Alec Schenk and fifth-ranked Jacob Kasper extended Duke’s advantage back to nine points with a decision and technical fall, respectively. Schenk recorded his 13th victory of the season, surpassing last season’s total already, while Kasper secured his 11th bonus point victory and 19th victory overall.
The resilient Black Knights came back in the final three bouts, scoring 12 straight points from a decision at 125 and a technical fall at 133 and major decision at 141 to come away with the 23-20 victory.
Duke wrestles Wyoming in the second match of the day at 11 a.m.
Army 23, Duke 20
149 – Brandon Leynaud (Duke) fall Knox Fuller (Army), 2:54 [Duke 6, Army 0]
157 – No. 10 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) decision Lucas Weiland (Army), 6-0 [Duke 9, Army 0]
165 – Zach Finesilver (Duke) decision Cael McCormick (Army), 5-4 [Duke 12, Army 0]
174 – Ben Harvey wins by forfeit [Duke 12, Army 6]
184 – Noah Stewart (Army) tech fall Kaden Russell (Duke), 18-0, 2:42 [Duke 12, Army 11]
197 – Alec Schenk (Duke) decision Alex Hopkins (Army), 1-0 [Duke 15, Army 11]
285 – No. 5 Jacob Kasper (Duke) tech fall Robert Heald (Army), 15-0, 7:00 [Duke 20, Army 11]
125 – Trey Chalifoux (Army) decision Thayer Atkins (Duke), 9-6 [Duke 20, Army 14]
133 – Lane Peters (Army) tech fall Josh Finesilver (Army), 15-0, 7:00 [Duke 20, Army 19]
141 – Austin Harry (Army) major decision Jeremiah Reitz (Duke), 10-2 [Duke 20, Army 23]
Kasper, Schenk Win; Blue Devils Fall to Wyoming
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Veterans Alec Schenk and Jacob Kasper secured their second victories of the day as the Duke wrestling team fell to a talented Wyoming squad, 34-7. The Blue Devils drop to 0-2 and round out the Carolina Duals with American at 6 p.m., Friday evening.
Wyoming raced out to a 21-0 lead with five straight victories to start the dual. Redshirt junior Mitch Finesilver lost a heartbreaker in double overtime, falling 3-2 to No. 16 Archie Colgan. Finesilver led 2-1, but a reversal from Colgan proved to be the difference.
Schenk scored the first team points for the Blue Devils, gutting out a 9-5 victory over Cody Vigoren. All even at 5-5 with under a minute to play, Schenk pulled through with an escape and immediate takedown. The victory was his 14th of the season.
Kasper, like he has done all season, dominated his opponent. The redshirt senior led big after the first period and extended it to a 12-3 major decision for his 20th win of his final campaign. He owns nine points in his first two duals and is 20-2 on the year.
Wyoming 34, Duke 7
149 – Sam Turner (Wyo) decision Brandon Leynaud (Duke), 6-0 [Wyoming 3, Duke 0]
157 – No. 16 Archie Colgan (Wyo) decision No. 10 Mitch Finesilver (Duke), 3-2 TB2 [Wyoming, 6, Duke 0]
165 – No. 12 Branson Ashworth (Wyo) major decision Zach Finesilver (Duke), 12-1 [Wyoming 10, Duke 0]
174 – Dewey Krueger (Wyo) wins by forfeit [Wyoming 16, Duke 0]
184 – Kyle Pope (Wyo) tech fall Kaden Russell (Duke), 18-2 [Wyoming 21, Duke 0]
197 – Alec Schenk (Duke) decision Cody Vigoren (Wyo), 9-5 [Wyoming 21, Duke 3]
285 – No. 5 Jacob Kasper (Duke) major dec. Hunter Mullins (Wyo), 12-3 [Wyoming 21, Duke 7]
125 – Drake Foster (Wyo) dec. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 8-3 [Wyoming 24, Duke 7]
133 – No. 12 Montorie Bridges (Wyo) major dec. Josh Finesilver (Duke), 19-9 [Wyoming 28, Duke 7]
141 – No. 2 Bryce Meredith (Wyo) fall Jeremiah Reitz (Duke), 1:47 [Wyoming 34, Duke 7]
American Uses Strong Finish in Victory over Duke
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—American University won the final three matches of the evening to come away with a 26-14 victory over Duke to close out the action at Carolina Duals. The two teams traded wins throughout the open seven matches with Duke winning four of them.
It was back and forth in the opening half of the dual as American went up 4-0 after the first match before Duke rebounded with consecutive wins for the 7-4 advantage. It was Mitch Finesilver and Zach Finesilver picking up victories at 157 and 165, respectively to give the Blue Devils their first lead of the night. Zach came up with the major decision for bonus points, while Mitch improved his season record to 16-2.
After the Eagles went ahead 10-7 on a forfeit at 174, rookie Kaden Russell grabbed his first career dual victory with a 13-4 major decision over Michael Eckhart at 184. American answered right back with a major at 197 before fifth-ranked Jacob Kasper evened the team score at 14-14 with his 2-0 decision at heavyweight. He is now 21-2 on the year and riding a 10-match win streak.
However, that would be all Duke could manage as the Eagles finished the bout strong with bonus points in two of the final three victories.
Duke heads west for a pair of matches at Northern Colorado. The Blue Devils will take on Cal State Bakersfield and host Northern Colorado Jan. 14 at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively.
American 26, Duke 14
149 – No. 18 Michael Sprague (AU) major dec. Brandon Leynaud (Duke), 8-0 [American 4 , Duke 0]
157 – No. 10 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) decision Eric Hong (AU), 10-3 [American 4, Duke 3]
165 – Zach Finesilver (Duke) major dec. Bryce Dempsey (AU), 10-2 [American 4, Duke 7]
174 – Conner Allshouse (AU) wins by forfeit [American 10, Duke 7]
184 – Kaden Russell (Duke) major dec. Michael Eckhart (AU), 13-4 [American 10, Duke 11]
197 – No. 12 Jeric Kasunic (AU) major dec. Alec Schenk (Duke), 8-0 [American 14, Duke 11]
285 – No. 5 Jacob Kasper (Duke) decision Brett Dempsey (AU), 2-0 [American 14, Duke 14]
125 – Gage Curry (AU) decision Thayer Atkins (Duke), 8-2 [American 17, Duke 14]
133 – No. 10 Josh Terao (AU) major dec. Josh Finesilver (Duke), [American 21, Duke 14]
141 – Kizhan Clarke (AU) tech fall Jeremiah Reitz (Duke), 21-3 [American 26, Duke 14]