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Duke Welcomes Virginia for ACC Dual Saturday
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Release: 02/02/2018
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Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia

Saturday, February 3 | 2 P.M. | ACC Network Extra

Cameron Indoor Stadium | Durham, N.C.


Duke Blue Devils             

2017-18 Record (ACC)   4-5 (0-2)

Head Coach: Glen Lanham (Oklahoma State ‘88)


Duke Probables

Wt. Rk. Name Yr. Record
125 - Thayer Atkins Sr. 11-10
133 - Josh Finesilver Fr. 18-11
141 - Jeremiah Reitz Fr. 4-17
149 - Brandon Leynaud R-So. 5-14
157 11 Mitch Finesilver R-Jr. 21-3
165 - Zach Finesilver R-Jr. 12-10
174 19 Matt Finesilver Fr. 19-6
184 - Kaden Russell Fr. 7-15
197 - Alec Schenk R-Jr. 16-12
285 4 Jacob Kasper R-Sr. 27-2

* Rankings are InterMat (1/30)


Virginia Cavaliers            

2017-18 Record (ACC): 4-7 (0-2)

Head Coach: Steve Garland  (Virginia ‘00)

Virginia Probables

Duke Probables

Wt. Rk. Name Yr. Record
125 16 Louie Hayes R-Fr. 25-5
133 9 Jack Mueller So. 18-3
141 - Sam Martino R-Fr. 6-14
149 - Sam Krivus R-So. 15-11
or - Jake Keating Fr. 19-12
157 Fred Green R-So. 10-10
or - Michael Murphy R-Fr. 5-8
165 - Andrew Atkinson R-Sr. 14-5
174 - Will Schany R-Jr. 17-8
184 - Michael Battista Fr. 1-13
or - Drew Peck Fr. 0-3
or - Jack Walsh R-Fr. 0-10
197 - Jay Aiello R-Fr. 13-10
285 - Tyler Love R-So. 8-1
or - Brian Kennerly Fr. 6-6

* Rankings are InterMat (1/30)

How To Follow The Action

  • Saturday’s match will broadcast on ACC Network Extra and can be seen on the WatchESPN platform. Dak Adamson and Dean Linke will be on the call.


Series History

  • Duke and Virginia are meeting for the 66th time overall. The Cavaliers have dominated the series and are 57-6-2 and have won 12 straight.
  • The Blue Devils’ most recent win over Virginia was a 19-15 triumph in 2005, the second straight after they bested the Cavaliers in 2004 as well.


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  • The Blue Devils continue their busy February Saturday against ACC foe Virginia. Duke is 4-5 overall after dominating Gardner-Webb 38-3 Thursday night.
  • Duke features four true freshmen in its lineup and just two seniors in Thayer Atkins and Jacob Kasper at 125 and HWT, respectively. Kasper is tops on the team with 27 wins, while Mitch Finesilver has 21. Rookie Matt Finesilver is on a six-match win streak and has launched himself into the national rankings for the first time. Alec Schenk is having a solid season up at 197 with 16 wins.
  • A selection of Blue Devils stopped their losing skids Thursday night. Kaden Russell garnered his first win at 184 since Jan. 1 at the Southern Scuffle. Zach Finesilver and Brandon Leynaud end their losing streaks at four matches at 165 and 149, respectively.
  • There are a lot of new faces and movement in the Duke lineup this season. Both Atkins and Kasper stayed put at their weights, while the remaining eight starters are competing at new weights.
  • Mitch returned to the lineup at 157 after a redshirt season, while Zach bumped up to 165 from 141 a year ago. Schenk made the move to 197 from 184, while Leynaud is up to 149 from being a starter at 133 as a true freshman in 2015-16.


Last Time Out

  • Duke won nine of 10 matches and posted bonus points in four of those to beat visiting Gardner-Webb 38-3 Thursday night. The 38 points were the most by a Duke team since 2014, while the 35-point margin of victory is the largest since 2012.
  • Brandon Leynaud and Jacob Kasper both posted pins and Matt Finesilver had a technical fall in the victory.


Scouting the Cavaliers

  • Virginia comes to Durham with a 4-7 record and in search of its first ACC victory. The Cavaliers’ two ACC losses are to NC State and North Carolina. UVA fell to the Tar Heels 24-15 after UNC won the final four matches.
  • Redshirt freshman 125-pounder Louie Hayes leads the team with a 25-5 overall record. He is ranked 16th by InterMat and is 9-2 in duals. He took third at the Southern Scuffle. Jack Mueller is ninth at 133 pounds and is 18-3 overall on the year. Mueller is 1-1 against ACC foes and has a third-place and first-place finishes at the Cliff Keen and Southern Scuffle, respectively. Will Schany owns 17 wins at 174, but the Cavaliers have question marks at 157, 184 and heavyweight.


Last Time We Met

  • Duke captured four victories, including two by major decision, but came up short against No. 24 Virginia last season. Jacob Kasper extended his win streak to 19 matches with his major decision at heavyweight.
  •  The Blue Devils lead 10-9 after five bouts, but four straight wins by the Cavaliers launched them into the lead 23-10 with one match left.


Virginia 23, Duke 14

165: Ray Bethea (UVA) fall Garrett Neff (Duke), 6:19 | Duke 0, UVA 6

174: No. 17 Connor Bass (Duke) dec. Garrett Peppelman (UVA), 4-3 | Duke 3, UVA 6

184: Alec Schenk (Duke) dec. Tyler Askey (UVA), 7-1 | Duke 6, UVA 6

197: Chance McClure (UVA) dec. Luke Farinaro (Duke), 3-1 | Duke 6, UVA 9

285: No. 4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) major dec. Tyler Love (UVA), 13-3 | Duke 10, UVA 9

125: No. 7 Jack Mueller (UVA) dec. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 6-0 | Duke 10, UVA 12

133: Will Mason (UVA) dec. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 8-7 | Duke 10, UVA 15

141: No. 7 George DiCamillo (UVA) major dec. Zach Finesilver (Duke), 16-5 | Duke 10, UVA 19

149: Sam Krivus (UVA) major dec. Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 10-2 | Duke 10, Virginia 23

157: Jake Faust (Duke) major dec. Chris Yankowich (Virginia), 17-7 | Duke 14, Virginia 23


Matchups To Watch

  • There will be a handful of matches to keep your eye on Saturday. Perhaps the most intriguing is a battle between veteran Will Schany and Duke rookie Matt Finesilver at 174. Schany is 17-8 overall, while Matt is 19-6 and ranked 19th.
  • Both Thayer Atkins and Josh Finesilver have big matches awaiting them against top 20 opponents. Atkins will go up against his fifth top 20 foe at 125, while Josh will be looking for his second top 20 victory.
  • At 184 it will be a battle of youth as Duke freshman Kaden Russell will wrestle another true freshman or redshirt freshman. 

Rematches Await

  • Rookie Jeremiah Reitz will see a familiar face Saturday as he faces Sam Martino for a second time. Reitz notched a narrow 6-5 decision at the Cliff Keen Invitational in December.
  • Virginia’s Sam Krivus and Duke’s Brandon Leynaud square off again after also wrestling at the Cliff Keen Invitational. Krivus grabbed that victory 14-3.
  • The lone potential rematch from last year’s dual will be at heavyweight between Jacob Kasper and Tyler Love. Kasper cruised 13-3 a year ago.



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