DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University redshirt senior Mitch Finesilver continues to add to his haul of awards as he was voted the 2018-19 ACC Wrestling Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Blue Devils landed a league-best five individuals on the All-ACC Academic Team.
Joining Mitch Finesilver on the All-ACC Academic Team are his three brothers, Josh Finesilver, Matt Finesilver and Zach Finesilver. Benjamin Anderson rounds out the group of five – all of whom were NCAA qualifiers in 2019. Duke landed five on the team for the third consecutive year and for the fifth time since 2013.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports.
Mitch Finesilver is the first Blue Devil to garner the Scholar Athlete of the Year award since John Barone did so in 2008-09. This is the latest of many honors for the Greenwood Village, Colo., native as he was also awarded an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship and voted the Duke Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.
Competing at 149 pounds in his final season, Mitch saved his best season for last, compiling a career-best 33-5 overall record en route to capturing his first All-America honor with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Mitch is a four-time NCAA qualifier and four-time All-ACC honoree and reached the top of the ACC podium in 2019 after finishing runner-up his first three seasons.
Mitch finishes his career with a 95-30 overall record to rank eighth on the Duke career list. His 33 wins this past season are sixth on the single-season charts.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The Blue Devils finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season, taking 24th overall. Mitch and Matt Finesilver both earned All-ACC honors, while Mitch capped his illustrious career with All-America accolades.