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Duke Suffers First Loss of Season; Falls to Brown
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/12/2019
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DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke wrestling team suffered its first setback of the 2018-19 campaign, falling to Brown 24-15 this evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Brown picked up wins in two of the final three bouts to ice the victory.

Duke (2-1), forfeiting at 133 pounds, fell behind 9-0 after the first two matches and pulled within one at 9-8 after consecutive victories from Josh Finesilver and Mitch Finesilver.

"I felt like we wrestled flat," said head coach Glen Lanham. "I don't know  what it was. Some of our guys came out and in some of the matches we fought hard, but in some of the matches we didn't. Obviously we have holes, but each individual has to take care of his business. We have to have our guys wrestling better. We just have to be solid in our takedowns, get up off the mat and not get in a bunch of scrambles. If we do that we can be a better team."

Josh garnered his 15th win of the season by edging Colin Realbuto 4-2. The sophomore used a takedown in the first period and was able to build his riding time in the second en route to the decision.

Mitch, meanwhile grabbed his 81st career victory, dominating Jack Bokina by a 19-4 score. Bokina had no answer for Mitch, falling behind 11-1. Looking for the bonus points, the Colorado native had full control and scored at win to get the technical fall and pull Duke within one, 9-8.

"Mitch, being the seventh-ranked wrestler, is going to go out and pretty much try to dominate guys and we're trying to get him to be even more dominant," Lanham said. 

Brown (2-1) answered with a technical fall at 157 pounds and a decision from 15th-ranked Jon Viruet at 165 to extend the lead back to nine, 17-8, with four matches remaining.

Matt Finesilver added four points to the team score at 174 pounds with a 13-2 major decision over AJ Pedro. Leading 5-0 after the first two periods, No. 17 Matt dominated the third period with three takedowns for his 16th win of the year.

"Matt, that was a pretty tough kid he wrestled," Lanham said. "He was a highly recruited kid, a top 50 kid in the country and Matt just wore him out. He wrestled stingy and didn't give up takedowns."

Alec Schenk rounded out the wins for the Blue Devils at 197 pounds as he edged Alec Schenk 3-1. The redshirt senior tried to get to his offense often throughout the bout, but Tucker Ziegler did well to avoid takedowns. However, Schenk’s second period escape and a pair of penalty points against Ziegler proved to be the difference.

Duke returns to action again in eight days. The Blue Devils will begin a three-match road stretch at Navy, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.

Brown 24, Duke 15

125: Trey Keeley (Brown) dec. Harrison Campbell (Duke), 10-5                                   Brown 3, Duke 0

133: Hunter Kosco (Brown) wins by forfeit                                                                       Brown 9, Duke 0

141: Josh Finesilver (Duke) dec. Colin Realbuto (Brown), 4-2                                        Brown 9, Duke 3

149: No. 7 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) technical fall Jack Bokina (Brown), 19-4                Brown 9, Duke 8

157: Christian LaBrie (Brown) technical fall Brandon Leynaud (Duke), 22-7                Brown 14, Duke 8

165: No. 15 Jon Viruet (Brown) dec. Zach Finesilver (Duke), 8-2                                    Brown 17, Duke 8

174: No. 17 Matt Finesilver (Duke) major decision AJ Pedro (Brown), 13-2                 Brown 17, Duke 12

184: CJ LaFragola (Brown) major decision Kaden Russell (Duke), 16-7                          Brown 21, Duke 12

197: Alec Schenk (Duke) decision Tucker Ziegler (Brown), 3-1                                        Brown 21, Duke 15

285: Ian Butterbrodt (Brown) decision Araad Fisher (Duke), 6-0                                    Brown 24, Duke 15

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