CLEVELAND, Ohio –Duke heavyweight Jacob Kasper closed out his illustrious and memorable wrestling career Saturday afternoon with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Kasper is one of three All-Americans in Duke history and a two-time NCAA semifinalist. Duke finished tied for 22nd as a team of 72 teams, the highest finish in program history and the first time it has finished in the top 25.
The list of records and accomplishments for Kasper during his four years is a long one as he departs Duke with his name etched in the history books. He completed his final day of competition with a win in his opening bout and a setback in the third-place match.
Coming off of a tough semifinal loss to No. 1 Kyle Snyder, Kasper rebounded in a big way with a pin against Iowa’s Sam Stoll. Scoreless in the early moments, the match took a quick turn when Kasper took Stoll down and then got him flat on his back for the pin. It was his career-best eighth fall of the season and 37th win of his career and pushed him into the consolation final against Oregon State’s Amar Dhesi.
In his final career bout, Kasper had a reversal of fortunes as Dhesi scored a first-period pin to take third overall. Kasper’s fourth-place showing is tied for the second highest in Duke wrestling history. Konrad Dudziak was runner-up at heavyweight in 2009 and took fourth in 2010.
For his career, Kasper finished 106-38, ranking second in career victories. He is just behind record-holder John Barone on the career list, while his 37 wins in 2017-18 best Barone by a win for the Duke single-season mark. He and Barone are the lone two wrestlers to post consecutive 30-win seasons in their careers.
Jacob Kasper Career Accomplishments
- Three-time NCAA qualifier (2015, 2017 and 2018)
- Two-time NCAA All-American (2017 and 2018)
- Holds Duke single-season wins record with 37
- Ranks second in Duke history in career wins with 106
- One of two wrestlers in Duke history to record two 30-win seasons
- 2017 NCAA Sixth-Place Finisher
- 2018 NCAA Fourth-Place Finisher
- 2015 ACC 184-Pound Runner-Up
- 2017 ACC Heavyweight Runner-Up
- 2018 ACC Heavyweight Champion
- Only Duke wrestler to win Southern Scuffle title
- 2017 and 2018 Southern Scuffle Champion