DURHAM, N.C.—Duke wrestling freshman Josh Finesilver will join his three brothers and four Blue Devil teammates overall in Cleveland, Ohio for the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships, earning one of the five at-large bids at 133 pounds as announced by the NCAA Tuesday afternoon. The addition of Josh pushes Duke’s total to five at the upcoming championships.
Josh joins his brothers, Mitch Finesilver (157), Zach Finesilver (165) and Matt Finesilver (174) and heavyweight Jacob Kasper at the NCAA Championships set for March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The five Duke representatives tie for the most in school history, matching the total in 2015.
Ranked 32nd in the final NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, Finesilver heads to nationals with a 20-18 overall record. He earned an at-large bid on the strength of a 20-14 regular season record that included a third-place finish at the Keystone Classic, and victories over fellow at-large qualifier Rico Montoya of Northern Colorado and No. 25 in the coaches ranking Sean Nickell.
Josh is the fifth true freshman to earn a berth in the NCAA field, joining his twin brother Matt and older brother Mitch. The Finesilver trio makes up three of the five true freshmen qualifiers in Duke history.
Mitch and Kasper are making their third appearances at the NCAA Championships, while Zach is making his second. It is believed to be the first time in NCAA history four brothers from the same school have advanced to the NCAA Championships in the same year. The Sanderson brothers – Cody, Cole and Cael – all qualified for Iowa State in 1999 and 2000.
Kasper, ranked third nationally, will be looking for his second straight All-America honor as well as Duke’s first NCAA wrestling title. At 157 pounds, Mitch is ranked 10th and just missed capturing All-America recognition in 2016.
The NCAA will release the seeds and official brackets Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m., on NCAA.com.