DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University wrestling team looks to continue its winning ways Saturday, Jan. 26 when it welcomes Boston University to Card Gymnasium for a 4:30 p.m., dual. The Blue Devils are coming off of an exciting 24-15 victory over Appalachian State Wednesday night.
Match Details The Duke and Boston University dual will get underway at 4:30 p.m., in Card Gymnasium adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium. The match will be streamed live by the Blue Devil Network on GoDuke.com with the purchase of an Inside Access account. Live stats also will be available free of charge at GoDuke.com. Admission to the match is free.
Series History Duke and BU will be meeting for the third time since the first outing in 1987. The Terriers are 2-0 against the Blue Devils, including last season's narrow 21-18 win in Boston. Overall, Duke is 6-9 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association.
Last Time We Met Duke will be looking to avenge its loss to the Terriers last season. The Blue Devils dropped a tough 21-18 to BU a season ago, getting wins from Tanner Hough, A.J. Guardado, Ryan Harding, Diego Bencomo and Brian Self. This weekend's match will potentially feature three rematches at 125, 141 and 149 pounds.
Gambucci and Hartmann Ranked in Coaches' Rankings Redshirt freshman Conner Hartmann and redshirt sophomore Brandon Gambucci both landed spots in the first of three coaches' panel rankings released by the NCAA Thursday afternoon. Gambucci landed at No. 23 at 133 pounds, while Hartmann was 27th in the 197-pound division. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Gambucci is 10-3 overall and 5-2 in duals, while Hartmann owns a team-best 17-8 overall record.
Scouting the Blue Devils Duke enters the weekend with a 3-5 overall record after defeating Appalachian State 24-15 Wednesday night. The Blue Devils will be competing in the second of their fourth home dual of the campaign. The match against the Mountaineers featured the return of redshirt freshman Marcus Cain to the Duke lineup at 149 pounds as well as a third win by junior Brian Self at heavyweight. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Gambucci captured his fifth dual victory and 10th overall win of the year, while Trey Adamson garnered his 11th win.
In Common Duke and Boston University both competed at the Keystone Classic. The Terriers took ninth overall at the Philadelphia event, while the Blue Devils finished seventh in the 15-team field. Brian Self faced Hunter Meys at the Keystone Classic at 197 pounds, earning a 5-3 decision over the No. 4 seed en route to a fifth-place finish.
Scouting Boston University Boston University brings a 5-3 overall record to Durham this weekend and is coming off of a 1-2 outing at the Colonial Athletic Association Duals a week ago. The Terriers own victories over Bridgewater State, Franklin & Marshall, Sacred Heart, American International and George Mason. BU is led by Nestor Taffur at 157 pounds with a 22-6 overall record, while Mitchell Wightman also has a double-digit wins with an 11-6 mark. The Terriers are 1-2 on the road heading into the weekend.
Probable Starters 125 - Bubba McGinley (3-2) / Mike Mayo (1-2) 133 - Dane Harlowe (3-1) 141 - B.J. Suitor (5-3) 149 - Nick Tourville (8-6) / Peter Ishiguro (4-5) 157 - Nestor Taffur (22-6) 165 - Mitchell Wightman (11-6) 174 - Eric Des Lauriers (4-8) / Andrew Maksimovic (3-3) 184 - Alex Najjar (7-2) 197 - Hunter Meys (5-5) 285 - Kevin Innis (8-6)
Up Next Duke hits the road again next weekend, traveling to the Davidson Duals Feb. 2. The Blue Devils continue their dual schedule at Gardner-Webb Feb. 5.
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