BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.-Duke redshirt sophomore wrestler Immanuel Kerr-Brown upended Gardner-Webb's wins leader at 157 pounds to help clinch a 19-15 Blue Devils' victory over the Bulldogs Tuesday evening. The win was the fifth straight for the Blue Devils, marking Duke's longest win streak since the 2002-03 season.
Duke picked up wins at six weight classes, including a major decision from redshirt senior Peter Terrezza at 125 pounds, to move to 7-5 overall for the season. The Blue Devils are now 24-1-1 all-time against Gardner-Webb (4-9).
Redshirt freshman Trey Adamson started the match for the Blue Devils on the right foot with a hard-fought 4-1 decision over Hunter Gamble at 174 pounds. Adamson scored a takedown in the final seconds of the first period and never relinquished the lead. With a 2-1 edge heading into the final period, the Riverton, Utah native iced the victory in the final two minutes with another takedown for his fifth consecutive victory and 15th of the season.
At 184, redshirt senior Diego Bencomo used a strong final period to take home a 5-2 decision over Gray Jones. Bencomo registered a takedown in the first period, but Jones rallied with a pair of escapes to even the score 2-2 after five minutes of wrestling. Starting down in the third period, the Blue Devil senior escaped to make it 3-2 and added a takedown in the final moments for his 10th triumph of the season.
The Bulldogs, down 6-0 early, rallied to tie the bout 6-6 with consecutive decisions at 197 and heavyweight. The match at 285 was a double overtime thriller between Duke's Brian Self and Travis Porter. Self, wrestling up a weight class, battled hard and nearly came away with the victory before Porter scored a last-second takedown for the decision.
Terrezza put the Blue Devils back on track with a crucial 8-0 major decision at 125. The New Providence, N.J., native controlled all facets of the match and fought for what proved to be key bonus points for Duke. Terrezza opened the bout with a takedown, but was unable to build his lead until the third period when he added a takedown and a three-point nearfall en route to the shutout win.
Gardner-Webb took six points from a forfeit at 133 to take its first lead of the match, 13-12, with four weights left to wrestle. Duke quickly regained the lead as Tanner Hough posted his 17th win of the year at 141 pounds. The sophomore built a 4-1 lead in the first period before Davante Andujar battled within one, 4-3, in the second period. Hough held off any last shots from Andujar and scored a takedown of his own for the 7-4 decision and 13-12 Duke lead.
Back-to-back wins by redshirt freshman Marcus Cain and Kerr-Brown at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively, clinched the victory for the Blue Devils. Cain posted his sixth straight and eighth dual win, while Kerr-Brown upended Gardner-Webb's wins leader Alex Medved in a 5-0 decision.
Cain amassed a 6-1 lead after five minutes of wrestling and never led Ryan Medved get closer than three points in the 8-3 decision. The win was his 17th of the season and helped stretch Duke's lead to 16-12 with two matches remaining.
Kerr-Brown, after a scoreless first period, scored three points in the second period and added a takedown in the final seconds of the match to shut down Medved. Kerr-Brown's win was his 21st of the year and evened his dual record to 4-4.
Duke resumes its ACC schedule Saturday, Feb. 9 against Maryland at 1 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.