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Mitch

Finesilver

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Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Greenwood Village, Colo.
High School: Cherry Creek

Bio

 Career Statistics   2014-15   2015-16   2016-17   2017-18   2018-19

Career: Four-time NCAA qualifier … One of two wrestlers in Duke history to achieve the feat … Finished his career with a 95-30 record to rank eighth on the Duke career charts … 2019 All-American … 2019 ACC Champion … Four-time All-ACC … 2019 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year … Four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2018-19: Duke’s starter at 149 pounds … All-American … ACC Champion at 149 pounds … ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year … Took fourth at the NCAA Championships … Finished the season with a 33-5 overall record …  His 33 wins rank sixth on the Duke single-season chart … All five losses came against top 20 opponents … Took first in three tournaments and finished in the top five in all six tournament outings … Was the runner-up at the prestigious Southern Scuffle and posted a fifth-place showing at the Cliff Keen Invitational … Garnered top honors at the Hokie Open and Keystone Classic … Registered a 15-5 record against top 20 opponents … Went 4-0 against ACC foes and 10-0 overall in duals … Led the Blue Devils with 46 points in dual matches … Scored bonus points in seven of his dual victories … Defeated No. 8 Justin Oliver of NC State by major decision, 10-0, in the regular season dual … Upended fifth-ranked Austin O’Connor of North Carolina, 4-1, to win the ACC Championship … Earned the No. 3 seed at the NCAA Championships, the highest seed by any Blue Devil in program history … All-ACC Academic Team … NWCA Scholar All-America … ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2017-18: Wrestled at 157 pounds … Team Captain … NCAA qualifier … ACC Runner-Up … All-ACC … Finished the season with a 19-6 overall record ... Went 10-0 in the first half of the season while not enrolled in classes … Was 12-2 in dual matches and 4-1 against ACC foes … Won the Hokie Open and Wolfpack Open … Took second at the Southern Scuffle and ACC Championships … Went 4-6 against top 20 foes … Upended No. 17 Coleman Hammond of Cal State Bakersfield 11-5 in return to his hometown … Also beat 15th-ranked Kennedy Monday of North Carolina 4-0 in the regular season dual and again at the ACC Championships … Defeated No. 11 Clayton Ream of North Dakota State at the NCAA Championships … All six of his losses came against top 20 opponents … Fell just short of earning All-America honors … Won nine straight bouts from Jan. 21-March 3 … ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2016-17: Redshirt season … Posted an 8-3 overall record at 157 pounds … Took seventh at the Southern Scuffle … Two of the losses came against top 10 opponents at the Southern Scuffle … Finished second at the Wolfpack Open.

2015-16: NCAA qualifier at 149 pounds … Compiled a 29-9 overall record and 14-1 mark in duals … Went unbeaten against ACC foes at 5-0 … Ranked second on the team in overall wins and second in dual points scored with 50 … Went 4-4 against ranked opponents … Runner-up at the ACC Championships to earn All-ACC honors … Took third at the Wolfpack Open and fifth at the Southern Scuffle … Didn’t lose a dual match until a 5-0 setback to No. 6 Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern … Returned to upset No. 6 Tsirtsis in the NCAA Championships to earn a chance to become an All-American … Upset No. 12 Anthony Collica to take fifth at the Southern Scuffle ... ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2014-15: Duke’s starter at 133 pounds … NCAA qualifier as a true freshman … Was the third true freshman in Blue Devil wrestling history to advance to the NCAA postseason … Went 6-6 in duals and 11-9 overall after competing unattached the first part of the season … Won the Appalachian Open and took second in the Wolfpack Open … Earned All-ACC after finishing as the runner-up at the ACC Championship … First competed in a Duke singlet a the Pitt Duals … Upset No. 17 Kevin Norstrem of Virginia Tech in the regular season dual with the Hokies … Upended Norstrem, the No. 3 seed, again at the ACC Championship … Also defeated No. 2 seed Troy Heilmann of North Carolina to advance to the ACC title match at 133 and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Before Duke: A four-year letterwinner for Mike Luhring at Cherry Creek High School … A two-time Colorado State Champion and four-time state qualifier … Captured state titles as a junior and season … Placed at the NHSCA All-America tournament in each of his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns … Placed fifth at NHSCA All-American competition his final year and took sixth and seventh as a junior and sophomore, respectively … Completed his scholastic career with a 156-17 record, 336 takedowns and 83 pins … Named the Cherry Creek Team MVP as a junior and senior … Voted Cherry Creek High School Male Athlete of the Year in 2014 … Served as team captain his final two seasons …  Also lettered in cross country as a senior.

Personal: Son of Steve and Brenda Finesilver … Born March 20, 1996 … Twin brother Zach Finesilver also is a member of the Duke wrestling team.

Year Weight Tournament Dual ACC Overall
2014-15 133 5-3 6-6 1-3 11-9
2015-16 149 15-8 14-1 5-0 29-9
2017-18 157 7-4 12-2 4-1 19-6
2018-19 149 23-5 10-0 4-0 33-5
Total 53-21 42-9 14-4 95-30
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