Duke Blue Devils Vs. Old Dominion
Saturday, February 17 | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Cameron Indoor Stadium | Durham, N.C.
Duke Blue Devils
2017-18 record (ACC): 6-7 (1-4)
Head Coach: Glen Lanham (Oklahoma State ‘88)
* Rankings are InterMat (2/13)
Old Dominion Monarchs
2017-18 record (MAC): 9-8 (5-2)
Head Coach Steve Martin (Iowa ‘91)
Old Dominion Probables
* Rankings are InterMat (2/13)
Duke by the Numbers
100 – Career wins for redshirt senior heavyweight Jacob Kasper, the fourth Blue Devil to amass 100 career victories.
20 – Current win streak for Kasper, dating back to December 2 loss to Tanner Hall
7 – Blue Devils ranked overall in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel rankings or RPI rankings
6 – Wins needed by Kasper to break the Duke single-season wins mark held by John Barone
20 – Of Kasper’s 31 wins that have come by major decision, technical fall or pin this season
20 – Duke’s team ranking in the Feb. 13 InterMat poll
9 – Win streak by Matt Finesilver prior to Wednesday’s narrow loss at North Carolina
How to Follow the Action
- Duke’s final regular season match will take place in Cameron Indoor Stadium and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans unable to come to Durham for the festivities can watch on the WatchESPN platform and follow along on Twitter. Links are available at GoDuke.com.
Honoring Our Seniors
- Duke will recognize seniors Thayer Atkins, Luke Farinaro and Jacob Kasper prior to the match Saturday. The trio have been indespensable members of the Duke wrestling team during their careers, helping take the Blue Devils to another level since arriving in Durham. Their hard work in the wrestling room as well as the classroom has not gone unnoticed and will be missed.
- Duke and Old Dominion are meeting for the fifth time overall and for the second straight season. The series is knotted 2-2 with the Blue Devils owning the two most recent victories.
- Duke defeated old Dominion 18-16 last season. The four duals have been decided by an average of 7.5 points with the last two coming down to three and two points, respectively.
Looking at Duke
- The Blue Devils are coming off of a tough loss at No. 24 North Carolina Wednesday night. Duke is 6-7 overall and looks to finish the regular season at .500. At home, Duke sports a 3-2 mark.
- 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 31 wins and a No. 3 national ranking, while Mitch Finesilver has 24. Rookie Matt Finesilver recently had his nine-match win streak snapped, but owns 22 victories on the year at 174. Alec Schenk is having a solid season up at 197 with 17 wins.
- There are a lot of new faces and movement in the Duke lineup this season. Only 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.
Jacob Kasper Joins the Century Club
- Redshirt senior heavyweight Jacob Kasper joined the elite century club Wednesday night at North Carolina. He captured his 100th victory in dominating fashion, 16-1, over Andrew Gunning. He is just the fourth Blue Devil to reach the mark.
- John Barone holds the record with 112. Kasper has two regular-season bouts remaining and the ACC and NCAA Championships. He has the potential to finish second all-time at Duke in victories at his current pace of winning.
Last Time We Met
- Old Dominion led 16-6 after seven bouts before the Blue Devils won the final three to come away with the narrow 18-16 victory. Jacob Kasper, ranked ffith at the time, secured the first-period fall for the crucial six points to help Duke get back on track. Thayer Atkins and Cole Baumgartner finished the evening off with decisions to lift the Blue Devils to victory.
- Zach Finesilver and Jake Faust also won for Duke.
Duke 18, Old Dominion 16
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 • Norfolk, Va.
141: Zach Finesilver (D) dec. Kevin Budock (O), 4-1 [Duke 3, ODU 0]
149: Michael Hayes (O) dec. Xaviel Ramos (D), 9-2 [Duke 3, ODU 3]
157: Jake Faust (D) dec. Austin Eads (O), 5-1 [Duke 6, ODU 3]
165: #15 Seldon Wright (O) major dec. Garrett Neff (D), 10-2 [Duke 6, ODU 7]
174: Antonio Agee (O) dec. Michael Wright (D), 4-1 [Duke 6, ODU 10]
184: #9 Jack Dechow (O) dec. Alec Schenk (D), 6-4 [Duke 6, ODU 13]
197: #11 Kevin Beazley (O) dec. Luke Farinaro (D), 6-1 [Duke 6, ODU 16]
285: #5 Jacob Kasper (D) fall Will Hilliard (O), 0:57 [Duke 12, ODU 16]
125: Thayer Atkins (D) dec. Steven Simpson (O), 10-5 [Duke 15, ODU 16]
133: Cole Baumgartner (D) dec. Alex Madrigal (O), 2-0 [Duke 18, ODU 16]
Last Time Out
- Jacob Kasper picked up his 100th career victory and 31st of the season with a dominant, 16-1, technical fall at North Carolina Wednesday. The No. 24 Tar Heels came away with the, 28-14, victory in the dual.
- Mitch Finesilver tacked on another win, besting No. 15 Kennedy Monday for his second top 20 victory. Matt Finesilver lost a hard-fought bout to No. 16 Ethan Ramos - his first loss in the past nine duals.
Scouting The Monarchs
- Old Dominion comes to Durham with a 9-8 overall record and 5-2 mark against MAC foes after garnering recent victories against Kent State and Ohio.
- Larry Early, at 157, paces the Monarchs in the wins column with a 25-8 overall record and 13-3 mark in duals. ODU’s 174-pounder Seldon Wright is 22-8 overall and 12-5 in duals, while Michael McGee is 24-8 as a true freshman.
- Duke and Old Dominion share five common foes this season. Both squads went 2-3 overall.
|Gardner-Webb||W, 38-3||W, 30-3|
|NC State||L, 6-35||L, 15-25|
|Virginia Tech||L, 19-24||L, 9-28|
|American||L, 7-34||W, 27-10|
|Virginia||W, 19-16||L, 10-25|
Matchups to Watch
- The match at 174 is one to look out for as InterMat’s No. 18 Matt Finesilver will wrestle FloWrestling’s No. 16 Seldon Wright. Both have amassed over 20 wins this season. Wright is 1-4 against ranked wrestlers, while Matt is 2-5.
- Jeremiah Reitz, having made strides in recent matches, will be tested against Alex Madrigal, who is ranked 19th by OpenMat.
- There will be no rematches from last year’s dual, but Mitch Finesilver and Larry Early could meet again at 157. The two wrestled in the title match at the Hokie Open with Mitch taking home the crown with an 8-0 major decision.
- Duke will take a much needed break to rejuvenate and prepare for the ACC Championships March 3. The tournament will be held in Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill and will decide the NCAA qualifiers. NCAA allocations will be announced days prior to the championship.