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Duke Opens ACC Slate at No. 10 NC State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/10/2017
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DURHAM, N.C.—A third top 20 opponent awaits the Duke wrestling team Wednesday night as the Blue Devils open ACC action at No. 10 NC State Wednesday night. The dual is set to begin at 7 p.m., in Reynolds Coliseum and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

How to Watch the Action

Wednesday’s dual will start at 7 p.m., in Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State. For those in town wanting to attend, tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and can be purchased online here. Fans unable to make it to town can watch the dual on ACC Network Extra through the WatchESPN app or ESPN3.

Series History

Duke and NC State face each other for the 83rd time in the long histories of the programs. The Wolfpack holds a commanding 60-21-1 overall record against the Blue Devils, but Duke is 2-2 in the previous four duals. Duke defeated NC State at home in 2015, edging the Wolfpack 18-17. Three – Jake Faust, Jacob Kasper and Thayer Atkins – of the current 10 Blue Devils starters were in the lineup in that victory, with Faust scoring a crucial 3-2 decision over No. 15 Max Rohskopf.

Faust Debuts at 157 Pounds

Senior Jake Faust made his 2017 debut at 157 pounds this past Sunday. Having wrestled at 165 throughout the past two seasons, the veteran moves down a weight class for his final campaign. He is 51-26 for his career and 1-0 this season after beating Jake Kaminsky of Hofstra 17-1. He wrestled in a pair of bouts unattached at the Southeast Open as well, winning both before suffering an injury.


About the Blue Devils

Duke is coming off of a pair of convincing victories over Hofstra and LIU Post over the weekend. The Blue Devils are 2-2 overall on the year with both losses coming to top 20 foes in November. Seventh-ranked Kasper leads the group with an 18-1 overall record, including a team-best six pins. Connor Bass is 17-5 overall and ranked 15th nationally, while Atkins and Cole Baumgartner have 14 and 13 wins to their names, respectively. Zach Finesilver recently joined the double-digit wins group with a pair of victories over the weekend.

Duke Probable Lineup

125: Thayer Atkins (14-5, 0-0 ACC)

133: Cole Baumgartner (13-6, 0-0)

141: Zach Finesilver (10-6, 0-0)

149: Xaviel Ramos (3-7, 0-0)

157: Jake Faust (1-0, 0-0)

165: Michael Wright (0-6, 0-0)

174: No. 15 Connor Bass (17-5, 0-0)

184: Alec Schenk (6-7, 0-0)

197: Luke Farinaro (1-1, 0-0)

HWT: No. 7 Jacob Kasper (18-1, 0-0)


Scouting the Wolfpack

The Wolfpack enter Wednesday’s ACC match with a 4-1 overall record and ranked 10th in the most recent USA Today poll. Its lone loss came at the hands of No. 7 Nebraska, a 22-10 setback, while the four victories are over UNC Pembroke, Air Force, Appalachian State and Old Dominion. NC State most recently finished sixth at the Midlands Championships. Four of NC State’s 10 starters are ranked in the top 25 with No. 2 Kevin Jack leading the way. Jack is 20-1 on the year. Michael Macchiavello is 12th at 184 pounds, while Jamal Morris (133) and Sam Speno (149) are 14th and 15th, respectively. All 10 of NC State’s probable starters have at least 10 wins on the season.

#10 NC State Wolfpack (4-1, 0-0 ACC)
125: Fr. Tommy Cox (13-8)
133: No. 14 R-So. Jamal Morris (12-4) -OR- R-So. Sean Fausz (16-4)
141: No. 2 Jr. Kevin Jack (20-1)
149: No. 15 R-Sr. Sam Speno (15-5) -OR- R-Jr. Beau Donahue (12-7)
157: Fr. Thomas Bullard (10-5)
165: R-Jr. Brian Hamann (15-8) -OR- R-Jr. Chad Pyke (10-6)
174: Fr. Nick Reenan (14-5)
184: No. 12 R-Jr. Michael Macchiavello (15-4)
197: R-So. Malik McDonald (11-6)
285: Jr. Michael Boykin (18-7) -OR- R-Sr. Mike Kosoy (15-6)

Up Next

Duke returns home for its next bout, hosting No. 21 Appalachian State at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast by ACC Network Extra.