A defeat in the final match forced the Blue Devils to stomach a 19-18 heartbreaker against Gardner-Webb at Card Gymnasium Wednesday after a series of questionable calls left the home faithful begging for answers.
Conner Hartmann has been molded into a three-time NCAA qualifier and the reigning ACC champion at 197 pounds, success that can be in part traced back to Wissel, who has worked with the redshirt senior on and off the mat to mold Hartmann into a contender for the NCAA title.
With election season in full swing, the Blue Devils hit the campaign trail to the nation’s capital and scored two key midseason victories inside the Beltway.
The Blue Devils will make the trip to Washington to face off against Columbia and American at Bender Arena on the Eagles’ campus Sunday in a pair of early morning sessions of competition, with the Lions up first at 9 a.m., followed by American at 11 a.m.
With a chill entering the air as winter sweeps its way across the East Coast, the Blue Devils will fly cross-country for two dual matches in the Golden State.
Although Duke picked up its first win of the season 30-15 against Edinboro Saturday, it dropped two heartbreakers that came down to the heavyweight division against No. 25 Pittsburgh and Harvard.
Although the Blue Devils have dropped their first two dual competitions this season, matches against No. 25 Pittsburgh, Edinboro and Harvard Saturday at the Pitt Duals could propel them to a winning record.
No. 4 N.C. State traveled 25 miles from Raleigh to deal Duke a 25-point defeat at Card Gymnasium, winning the ACC opener for both squads, 34-9.
Following a program-best 12th-place finish at the Southern Scuffle, No. 23 Duke returns to Durham to host its first dual meet of the season against No. 3 N.C. State Wednesday at Card Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
Conner Hartmann and Mitch Finesilver led the way as the Blue Devils placed 12th at the Southern Scuffle—their best-ever finish at the event—in Duke's first competition of 2016.
No. 24 Duke will ring in the New Year Friday and Saturday at the Southern Scuffle at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn., returning to competition for the first time since its 26-14 loss to Appalachian State in its first dual competition of the season.
Despite the expectations that accompany a top-25 ranking, a short-handed Blue Devil squad dropped its first dual test of the season on the road.
No. 24 Duke will look to build on the success of its first two tournaments as it travels to Boone, N.C., to take on Appalachian State at Varsity Gym Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils placed seven wrestlers in the top six at Sunday's Wolfpack Open, including four in the top three. Redshirt freshman Zach Finesilver took home runner-up honors in the 144-pound weight class to lead Duke on the mat.
No. 25 Duke will travel to Raleigh to compete in the Wolfpack Open Sunday after its performance at the Hokie Open garnered the Blue Devils a top-25 spot for the first time under head coach Glen Lanham.
Duke hit the mats with a bang to kick off the season—a loud bang. The Blue Devils wrapped up the Hokie Open Sunday at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va. with three titles and seven top-six finishes en route to the third-highest team score at the event.
After an offseason in the gym, the Blue Devils are back on the mats for the first time as a team to kick off the 2015-16 season.
Redshirt senior Conner Hartmann dominated a fellow All-American on a national stage Sunday night, signaling the beginning of an exciting time for Duke wrestling.