DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke wrestling team is back on the mat this weekend and headed to the City of Brotherly Love for the Keystone Classic, Sunday, Nov. 19. The tournament will be held at The Palestra with wrestling beginning at 10 a.m.
How to Follow the Action
Fans can watch every match at the Keystone Classic with a subscription to FloPro through FloWrestling. FloArena will provide live match scoring from every match and bracket updates over the course of the day. FloPro is $12.50 per month of $150 annually.
If you plan on attending the Keystone Classic, tickets are $15 for an all day pass if you purchase in advance. If you want to attend just the semifinal and finals, tickets are $9. Ticket prices are cheaper when purchased online and you will avoid any lines on the day of the tournament.
High Quality Field Awaits Blue Devils at Keystone Classic
Duke is sending to 13 individuals to the Keystone Classic, that features 11 other teams, including top-ranked Penn State. The other 10 are Appalachian State, Drexel, Eastern Michigan, Franklin and Marshall, Harvard, Northwestern, Penn, Rider, Sacred Heart, and VMI. Overall, 20 ranked wrestlers will be in attendance Sunday.
Previewing Potential Top Matchups
There are a host of exciting and tough potential matches for the Blue Devils Sunday. The heavyweight division is loaded with three of the top 20 wrestlers battling it out for the title. Duke’s sixth-ranked Jacob Kasper could face a rematch with No. 3 Nick Nevills after the duo split bouts at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Northwestern’s No. 16 Conan Jennings also could be on the list for Kasper to face.
At 133 pounds, Josh Finesilver potentially could see No. 20 Cory Keener as he aims to keep his strong start rolling. Meanwhile, at 174 pounds second-ranked Mark Hall of Penn State might await undefeated Matt Finesilver. Alec Schenk could potentially face his first ranked opponent in No. 12 Frank Mattice of Penn and Thayer Atkins will get his first taste of action this year with No. 12 Sebastian Rivera looming in the 125-pound bracket.
Duke in the Latest Rankings
Senior Jacob Kasper stayed put at No. 6 in this week’s InterMat heavyweight rankings, while Mitch Finesilver dropped one spot to 11th in the 157-pound top 20 list after the week off. Finesilver, who is taking the semester off, will not be competing at the Keystone Classic, but likely will wrestle at the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh. He and Zach Finesilver return in Duke singlets in January at the Southern Scuffle.
Wolfpack Open On Tap Too
The majority of the remaining wrestlers who are not traveling to the Keystone Classic will make the short trip to Raleigh to wrestle in the Wolfpack Open.Live scoring from each of those matches also can be found at FloWrestling.
Rounding out 2017 at Cliff Keen Open
The Blue Devils wrap up 2017 at the prestigious Cliff Keen Open in Las Vegas, Dec. 1-2. The tournament will give the Blue Devils an opportunity to see new faces on the mat with teams West of the Mississippi among those competing at the tournament. It will be a great chance for Blue Devils to build a solid NCAA Championship resume. Fourteen of the current top 20 programs will be in attendance at the tournament, including four of the top 10.