2.22.2014

Pack Preview: Duke & Northwestern


Duke

Duke has a young team that has improved throughout the season.  Coach Lanham is in his second year as the head coach. Highlight matches should be 157 and 197 pounds.  At 157 pounds, both Gantt and Kerr-Brown are nationally ranked.  At 197 pounds, senior KaRonne Jones faces another nationally ranked wrestler.  He will have wrestled six nationally ranked competitors in his last nine matches.

125 - open
133 - Botwin - redshirt freshman (4-15), his best position is top
141 - Ramos - freshman (7-19), likes to shoot a single leg and is funky
149 - Bass - freshman (11-13), good on top with legs and tilts
157 - #22 Kerr-Brown - redshirt junior (21-9), likes to shoot a single and wrestle from an underhook
165 - Cain - redshirt sophomore (10-14), shoots a double, has a good navy ride on top
174 - Adamson - redshirt sophomore (15-11), solid both neutral and on the mat
184 - Kasper - freshman (12-14), shoots a double and bodylocks
197 - #22 Hartman - redshirt sophomore (18-8), NCAA qualifier, has good reshot and wrestles from an underhook
285 - Walsh - redshirt sophomore (8-4), hard to score on and keeps good position

#21 Northwestern

Northwestern enters the weekend with a very solid team that is ranked  in the top 25 nationally on the strength of seven ranked wrestlers. The highlight matches of the dual will be 141, 174, and heavyweight.  Speno will have a battle tested redshirt junior who is ranked.  Renda has an opportunity to climb in the rankings with a match that will see #19 against #15.  Heavyweight will be a battle of two retuning All-Americans that will be important for seeding at the NCAA tournament.

125 - White - sophomore (7-13), rides well and has a nice single
133 - #33 Malone - sophomore (10-11), wrestles hard and is very solid on top
141 - #30 Greco - redshirt junior (13-12), NCAA qualifier, wrestles from an underhook and has good reattacks
149 - #5 Tsirtsis - redshirt freshman (22-3), explosive shots and stays in great position
157 - Sullivan - redshirt freshman (7-9), attacks a lot to his opponents right leg
165 - #7 Harger - redshirt junior (21-5), two-time NCAA qualifier, tough to score on and is solid in all positions
174 - #15 Munster - redshirt junior (6-4), two-time NCAA qualifier, wrestles from a 2-on-1 and has a nice single to the right side
184 - Berkowitz - sophomore (9-12), low single shot and duck unders
197 - #14 Poluzzi - redshirt junior (18-7), NCAA qualifier, shoots to a body lock and rides legs on top
285 - #1 McMullan - redshirt junior (10-1), two-time All-American (3rd and 2nd), active heavyweight that moves well and shoots

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