DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke wrestling team turned in a dominant performance Thursday night, besting visiting Gardner-Webb 38-3 in non-conference dual action. The Blue Devils won nine of the 10 bouts and earned bonus points in four of those.
The 38 points scored by the Blue Devils are the most by the team since they beat VMI 38-9 Jan. 29, 2014. Duke’s 35-point margin of victory is the largest since a 43-0 win over Davidson Feb. 1, 2012. Duke improves to 4-5 overall on the year, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs drop to 1-8.
Duke started the evening at 174 pounds with rookie Matt Finesilver picking up a 19-2 technical fall for his 19th win of the season. He led 13-2 after two periods and needed little time in the third to come away with the five points for the Blue Devils.
Leading 11-0 after three matches, fourth-ranked Jacob Kasper put together his usual performance and tacked on six more points with a pin in 4:01. It was his team-best sixth of the year and extended his win streak to 16 matches and pushed his career total to 96.
After a forfeit at 125 by the Runnin’ Bulldogs, Duke added four more wins at 133, 149, 157 and 165. Josh Finesilver moved to 18-11 on the season with a narrow 2-0 decision. Mitch Finesilver, ranked 11th at 157, also used his time in the top position to grab a 2-0 decision and his 21st victory of the year.
Brandon Leynaud, Duke’s 149-pounder, added yet another pin to his name, putting Joby Armenta on his back late in the second period for six points. Leynaud has a career-best five falls this season with three of them coming in duals.
Zach Finesilver rounded out the dual with a wild 11-6 decision over Brett Stein. The pair traded reversals throughout the match, but it was a strong third-period showing from Zach that proved to be the difference. He improves to 12-10 overall heading into this weekend’s ACC match.
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday, Feb. 3 against Virginia. The dual is slated to start at 2 p.m., and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
Duke 38, Gardner-Webb 3
174 – No. 19 Matt Finesilver (Duke) tech fall Christian Maroni (GWU), 19-2 [Duke 5, GWU 0]
184 – Kaden Russell (Duke) decision Cole Graves (GWU), 11-9 [Duke 8, GWU 0]
197 – Alec Schenk (Duke) decision Anthony Perrine (GWU), 3-2 [Duke 11, GWU 0]
285 – No. 4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) fall Lathan Bumgarner (GWU)], 4:01 [Duke 17, GWU 0]
125 – Thayer Atkins (Duke) wins by forfeit [Duke 23, GWU 0]
133 – Josh Finesilver (Duke) decision Philip Anderson (GWU), 2-0 [Duke 26, GWU 0]
141 – Landon LoAlbo (GWU) decision Jeremiah Reitz (GWU), 12-6 [Duke 26, GWU 3]
149 – Brandon Leynaud (Duke) fall Joby Armenta (GWU), 4:32 [Duke 32, GWU 3]
157 – No. 11 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) decision Tyler Marinelli (GWU), 2-0 [Duke 35, GWU 3]
165 – Zach Finesilver (Duke) decision Brett Stein (GWU), 11-6 [Duke 38, GWU 3]