DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University's Conner Hartmann and Brandon Gambucci begin 2013 among the preseeded wrestlers at the upcoming Southern Scuffle hosted by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Blue Devils duo is among the 14 ACC wrestlers seeded.
Hartmann earned the No. 8 seed at 197 pounds, while Gambucci rounds out the 133-pound division as the 12th seed. The 2013 Southern Scuffle kicks presented by Defense Soap kicks off Jan. 1 at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena. Action begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 1. The field features seven NCAA Champions, 10 NCAA finalists and 20 All-Americans. Five of the top 10 programs and seven top 25 teams will be among the 23 teams in the field.
A redshirt freshman, Hartmann heads to the Southern Scuffle with a 14-4 overall record for the season, including a 12-2 mark in tournament action. He has been ranked for much of the season and owns three top three tournament finishes and was named the ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week following his win at the Hokie Open.
At 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Gambucci is 8-1 overall and has a team-leading five falls for the year. The Duke Student-Athlete of the Week following his strong performance at Northwestern, Gambucci is on a seven-match win streak with five of those victories coming by pin.
Duke (1-3) last competed Dec. 8 in a tri-meet at Michigan. The Blue Devils open ACC action following the Southern Scuffle at Virginia Tech, Jan. 12.
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