DURHAM, N.C.-Just four days removed from competing in the 2013 Southern Scuffle, the Duke University wrestling squad is on the road again as it open ACC dual action Sunday at 11th-ranked Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils and Hokies are set to wrestle at 2 p.m., at Cassell Coliseum.
Virginia Tech Dual Details Duke will take on the No. 11 Hokies at 2 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum. Admission is free and for those who can't make the match, live scoring will be available at GoDuke.com via Track Wrestling.
Series History The Blue Devils and Hokies will be meeting for the 36th time in the programs' histories. Virginia Tech leads the series 22-13 overall and has won the past eight duals. Duke last defeated the Hokies, 23-21, Jan. 11, 1999 in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech earned the win last season at home, 30-6,
Noting Conner Hartmann Duke redshirt freshman Conner Hartmann earned sixth place overall in the prestigious Southern Scuffle. Hartmann, seeded eighth overall, earned a place on the podium for the fourth time this season. The Port Orchard, Wash., native went 3-3 overall in the two-day event, including a solid 6-2 decision over the No. 9 seed of Cornell. Hartmann is 17-7 overall this season and has been peppered in the rankings over the course of the campaign. He is 15-5 in tournament action and 2-2 in duals. Hartmann is set to go up against Derrick Borlie, who he defeated 5-2 in the Hokie Open.
Recapping the Southern Scuffle Behind the sixth-place finish of Hartmann, Duke moved up three spots in the final team standings. The Blue Devils took 16th overall with 23.5 points a three-spot improvement from a year ago. Also performing well at the event was redshirt sophomore Immanuel Kerr -Brown, going 2-2 overall in his first action in a Duke uniform this season. Sophomore Tanner Hough, after dropping his opening match to No. 9 Michael Nevinger, came back and won three straight to finish the Scuffle with a 3-2 mark.
Blue Devils Make Debuts A trio of Blue Devils made their debuts in a Duke singlet this season at the Southern Scuffle. Kerr-Brown, redshirt senior Andrew Fulk and redshirt freshman Michael Chapman all appeared in Duke blue for the first time. Kerr-Brown had wrestled unattached the first half of the season, going 15-5 in those contests. Fulk hit the mat again after suffering a season-ending injury last year. The heavyweight went 0-2 in his first two matches, one of which came against the nation's 16th-ranked wrestler. Chapman suited up for the first time in his collegiate career at 197 pounds after battling injuries his rookie campaign.
Scouting Duke Duke enters its first ACC dual with a 1-3 overall record. The Blue Devils have faced a tough dual schedule this season, falling to No. 13 Northwestern and No. 14 Michigan on the road. Duke's victory was a 33-15 victory over Stevens Tech. Hartmann paces the team with a 17-7 record at 197 pounds, while Kerr-Brown owns a matching 17-7 mark after going 15-5 while wrestling unattached the first half of the season. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Gambucci is 8-1 at 133 pounds with five of those victories coming by fall. Overall, four Duke starters have double digit victories with Marcus Cain at 12-7 and Tanner Hough sporting an 11-10 mark.
Duke (1-3, 0-0 ACC) 125: Peter Terrezza (1-7) 133: Brandon Gambucci (8-1) 141: Tanner Hough (11-10) 149: Marcus Cain (12-7) 157: Immanuel Kerr-Brown (17-7) 165: Randy Roden (4-10) 174: Trey Adamson (9-10) 184: Diego Bencomo (6-8) 197: Conner Hartmann (17-7) 285: Brendan Walsh (4-8) OR Andrew Fulk (0-2)
Scouting Virginia Tech Virginia Tech enters the ACC dual with a 4-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in ACC competition. The Hokies are ranked eighth overall, with five starters being ranked among the top 13 in their weight classes. Fourth-ranked Jarrod Garnett leads the way at 125 pounds for Virginia Tech with a 13-1 mark. Tech is coming off of a second-place finish at the Midlands Championships. The Hokies have won 20 of their last 21 ACC dual matches dating back to 2008. Nick Brascetta, ranked sixth at 149 pounds, and No. 5 Peter Yates at 165 both have a team-best 15 victories as four Hokies have double digit victory totals.
#11 Virginia Tech (4-2, 1-0 ACC) 125: #4 Jarrod Garnett (13-1) 133: Erik Spjut (6-5) 141: #13 Zach Neibert (11-5) 149: #6 Nick Brascetta (15-1) 157: #6 Jesse Dong (9-2) 165: #5 Pete Yates (15-1) 174: Austin Gabel (8-6) 184: Nick Vetterlein (7-6) 197: Derrick Borlie (9-6) 285: David Marone (5-6)
Up Next Duke will take a short break before heading back to the state of Virginia for a pair of duals. The Blue Devils will wrestle VMI, Jan. 19 and at Virginia Jan. 20. Duke opens its home schedule, Jan. 23 against Appalachian State.
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