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Blue Devils Take to National Stage in Pittsburgh
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Release: 03/20/2019
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2019 NCAA Championships

March 21-23, 2019 | ESPNU/ESPN

PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, Pa.


Game Notes


Setting the Scene

  • Five Blue Devils conclude the 2018-19 wrestling season at the NCAA Championships at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Action gets underway at 12 p.m., March 21 and culminates in primetime viewing on ESPN March 23.
  • Every match will be streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN app over the course of the three days.


First Round WatchESPN Links

Mat 1:

Mat 2:

Mat 3:

Mat 4:

Mat 5:

Mat 6:

Mat 7:

Mat 8:

First Round Scoreboard:


Duke NCAA Qualifiers

Wt.      Seed*       Name                                        Yr.         Record

141            25       Josh Finesilver                         So.           22-11

149              3       Mitch Finesilver                   R-Sr.              28-3

157            33       Benjamin Anderson            R-Fr.              8-14

165            23       Zach Finesilver                     R-Sr.              19-8

174            12       Matt Finesilver                        So.              24-7

* NCAA seeds


Duke by the Numbers

90 – Career wins for Mitch Finesilver, one of 11 Blue Devils to record at least 90 victories

50 – Career wins for Matt Finesilver, on pace to become the fifth Blue Devil to 100 career victories

3 – Mitch Finesilver’s seed at 149 pounds, the highest NCAA seed for a Duke wrestler in program history

4 – The previous highest seed of a Blue Devil - Jacob Kasper (2017, 2018) and Konrad Dudziak (2010)

4 – NCAA Championship appearances for Mitch Finesilver, one of two wrestlers in program history to achieve the feat

5 – Times Mitch Finesilver and North Carolina’s Austin O’Connor will wrestle this season if they match up in the quarterfinals Friday morning

3-1 – Mitch’s record against O’Connor this season with the loss coming at the Cliff Keen Invite December 1

11 – Match win streak for Mitch Finesilver heading into NCAA Championships

28 – Wins this season for Mitch Finesilver, just one shy of his career-best 29 in 2015-16

5 – Program record for NCAA qualifiers, doing so in 2015, 2018 and 2019

5 – Straight years Duke has crowned an All-American after only doing so twice in program history

26 – NCAA qualifiers under head coach Glen Lanham since he took over the reins in 2012

45 – Blue Devil NCAA qualifiers from 1955-2011

1 – Minute separating Matt and Josh Finesilver at birth

1 – Fall this season for Ben Anderson - when he pinned Virginia’s Jake Keating to earn an automatic NCAA bid

2 lbs, 3 oz – Weight different between Matt (5lbs 15oz) and Josh (3 lbs 12 oz) at birth

2 – Minutes separating Zach and Mitch at birth


NCAA Daily Schedule - How To Watch

  • Every match of the 2019 NCAA Championships will be carried on the family of ESPN networks. All three days will air on television on either ESPNU or ESPN and fans can watch every mat through WatchESPN or the ESPN app. The schedule of events is as follows.


Thursday - March 21

Doors Open                                                                     11 a.m.

Session I (ESPNU)                                                           12 p.m.

Doors Open                                                                      6 p.m.

Session II (ESPN)                                                               7 p.m.


Friday - March 22

Doors Open                                                                     10 a.m.

Session III (ESPNU)                                                         11 a.m.

Doors Open                                                                      7 p.m.

Session IV (ESPN)                                                              8 p.m.


Saturday - March 23

Doors Open                                                                     10 a.m.

Session V (Medal Rounds) (ESPNU)                             11 a.m.

Doors Open                                                                       6 p.m.

Parade of All-Americans                                            6:35-6:50

Session VI (Championship Matches) (ESPN)                7 p.m.


Path to Pittsburgh

  • Five Blue Devils earned automatic bids to the 2019 NCAA Championships to tie the program record. They also had five in 2015 and 2018.
  • The first to punch his ticket to Pittsburgh was Mitch Finesilver  after he beat fourth-seeded Ryan Blees of Virginia Tech in the ACC semifinal by a 4-0 decision. Mitch went on to capture the 149-pound ACC title, beating Austin O’Connor of North Carolina.
  • At 174 pounds, Matt Finesilver followed suit by besting No. 3 seed Daniel Bullard of NC State in the ACC semifinal to secure one of the automatic berths at the weight. He eventually lost to NCAA No. 6 seed David McFadden of Virginia Tech in the final.
  • Zach Finesilver (165) and Josh Finesilver (141) both secured their spots with wins in the consolation semifinals. Zach defeated No. 6 seed Tommy O’Brien from Pitt, while Josh defeated No. 6 Sam Krivus of Virginia. The pair both went on to win the third-place matches.
  • Ben Anderson, Duke’s surprise qualifier, shocked Jake Keating in the consolation semifinal by pinning the Cavalier in the first period to secure one of the four bids at 157 pounds. The pin was Anderson’s first of the season.


Mitch Finesilver’s Bracket

  • Mitch Finesilver earned the No. 3 overall seed at 149 pounds, the highest seed awarded to a Duke wrestler in program history. He will face Drexel’s Parker Kropman in the opening round and is on a collision course with No. 6 seed Austin O’Connor of North Carolina.
  • A first-round win for Mitch will pit him against the winner between Cole Martin of Wisconsin and Requir van der Merwe of Stanford. Mitch and the No. 14 seeded van der Merwe previously met at the Southern Scuffle with Mitch winning 5-0.
  • Should Mitch emerge out of Day One in the championship bracket and all other seeds hold, he will face O’Connor in the opening match in Session III.  It will be the fifth meeting between the Tobacco Road rivals. Mitch is 3-1 against O’Connor, including winning the past two bouts.


Matt Finesilver’s Bracket

  • Matt Finesilver enters his second championship as the No. 12 seed. His opening round bout against Iowa State’s Marcus Coleman is a rematch from the fifth-place match at the Southern Scuffle, which Matt won by major decision 10-2. Coleman is seeded 21st with a 27-12 overall record.
  • A first-round win for Matt will put him against the winner between No. 5 Jordan Kutler if Lehigh and Edinboro’s Jacob Oliver. Matt hasn’t faced either opponent. A victory in the second round could set up a second meeting with Michigan’s Myles Amine who he lost to 11-5 at the Cliff Keen Invite.
  • Matt has faced 11 of the other 32 wrestlers in the bracket, going 9-6 in the matches. All of his losses came against wrestlers seeded in the top 15, including two setbacks to the No. 1 seed and unbeaten Mark Hall of Penn State.


Zach Finesilver’s Bracket

  • Zach Finesilver is the No. 23 seed at 165 pounds and will wrestle 10th-seeded Branson Ashworth of Wyoming to open action Thursday. Ashworth is 33-5 overall.
  • In the second round he will face either Isaiah White of Nebraska or Joseph Gunther from Illinois. A third match against eighth-seeded Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech could happen. Lewis went 2-0 in the contests, including the 14-7 decision in the ACC semifinals.
  • Zach has faced seven wrestlers in the 33-person bracket, going 2-7.


Josh Finesilver’s Bracket

  • Josh Finesilver is the No. 25 seed at 141 pounds and will wrestle Michigan’s Kanen Storr in the opening round. His second round match could feature a familiar face in Virginia Tech’s Mitch Moore. The Hokie 141-pounder picked up the first-period fall against Josh in the regular season.
  • Should seeds hold and Josh advance to Friday morning, he could face Navy’s Nicholas Gil. Josh will try to avenge his 13-6 setback from the regular season dual.
  • Josh has wrestled eight of the 32 wrestlers in his bracket and is 3-7 in the 10 outings.


Ben Anderson’s Bracket

  • Ben Anderson is the final seed at 33 in the 157-pound bracket. He will face Lehigh’s Alexander Klucker. The winner earns the right to take on top-seed Jason Nolf of Penn State. A loss pits him against either No. 3 Ryan Deakin from Northwestern or Brown’s Christian Labrie.
  • Ben has six common foes in his bracket, going 0-6 and one medical forfeit.