Tariq Wilson (left) and Josh Finesilver (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
NC State at Duke
The #5 Wolfpack will travel across town to Durham to kick off their ACC dual season. The Blue Devils will face a tough task coming off a loss to North Carolina. The marquee matches will again feature the Finesilvers, with Josh taking on #3 Tariq Wilson at 149 and Matt taking on #4 Hayden Hidlay at 174.
125: #15 Jakob Camacho vs Logan Agin
Camacho is coming in at 9-2 with losses to Noah Surtin and Spencer Lee. He picked up a ranked win last week against Campbell, beating #23 Korbin Meinke 3-1. Agin has had flashes of greatness this year with six pins but is coming off of losing back-to-back major decisions.
133: #17 Kai Orine vs. Drake Doolittle
Orine has been impressive this season--he battled with Jarrett Trombley for the starting spot but has been nearly flawless since earning the nod. His only loss was a 16-7 major decision loss to Austin DeSanto at the Collegiate Duals. Orine is a name that you will be hearing a lot of in the years to come. Doolittle lost last week by pin to Joe Heilmann of North Carolina.
141: #24 Ryan Jack vs. Parker Decker/Patrick Rowland
Jack has been another impressive young starter for the Wolfpack. He comes in with an 11-5 record and has shown some impressive growth throughout the year. Parker Decker gave #7 Kizhan Clarke a bit of a scare last week when he was trying to put on an upper-body display against the undefeated Tar Heel--ultimately, he fell short and lost by decision, but was impressive.
149: #3 Tariq Wilson vs. #13 Josh Finesilver
Finesilver is coming off a sudden victory win over #20 Zach Sherman in a great battle last weekend. Wilson was held in check by Chris Rivera from Campbell last weekend and was only able to pull out a 4-0 decision--we definitely didn't see the offensive display we usually expect from Wilson. Finesilver could be a tough matchup for him as he can be a very stingy defensive wrestler. This could be a fantastic match and there will be a lot of strategy involved from both sides--I'm looking forward to seeing them try to figure each other out. They have faced each other twice when they were both at 133--Wilson holds a 2-0 advantage with a pin and a decision win.
157: #10 Ed Scott vs Wade Unger
Ed Scott seems to be the newest generation of gunslinger who is willing to take risks to score points for the Wolfpack. He comes in at 15-0 with a 78% bonus rate and 7 pins on the year. He is â€œcan't missâ€ entertainment when he steps on the mat. Unger comes in at 9-12 and dropped a 6-2 decision to #6 Austin O'Connor last weekend.
165: #22 Thomas Bullard vs. Gabe Dinette
Bullard comes in at 11-4 and picked up a 16-0 tech fall last weekend against Campbell. Dinette has been hit-and-miss all season, but had seemed to be gaining traction before falling to Sonny Santiago last weekend. Bullard has shown the ability to win matches with high-paced offense as well as by slowing matches down and being very defensive--so it will be interesting to see which product we see this weekend.
174: #4 Hayden Hidlay vs. #15 Matt Finesilver
Another great match on tap here. Finesilver started the season 20-0 and comes in at 22-3 after falling in a very close battle with #14 Clay Lautt last weekend. Hidlay comes in at 7-0 and hasn't really been tested this season. We know that he is one of the best in the country and that he is a national title threat--it will be good to see him get some solid competition in the conference starting this weekend.
184: #3 Trent Hidlay vs. Vincent Baker
Hidlay comes in at 8-0 with an 88% BONUS rate. He has been very impressive all year and is constantly pushing to score--he is relentless. Baker has had some good wins and wrestled well against #24 Gavin Kane last week-pushing him in a 5-4 decision loss. Baker has not faced anyone on the level of Hidlay this year.
197: #20 Isaac Trumble vs. Kaden Russell
This could be a wild match. Both guys aren't afraid to go upper body and they both like to let it fly from neutral. Trumble comes in at 13-3 and picked up a 1-0 win last weekend against Campbell. Russell has been a roller coaster this year--he has had some great win streaks and has taken some not-so-great losses. But the man is fun to watch and is very dangerous. Russell pinned Trumble last year in 44 seconds, so don't think that Trumble has forgottenâ€¦
285: #25 Owen Trephan/Tyree Houghton vs. Jonah Niesenbaum
Both Trephan and Houghton have gotten the call for NC State in dual competition. Houghton got the call against Campbell and gave #26 Taye Ghadiali a push before falling 9-6. Trephan and Houghton met in the fifth-place bout at the Southern Scuffle and Houghton was victorious in tiebreakers. Niesenbaum is having a breakout year at 14-6 after winning four matches combined in his first two years in Durham. He closed out the Blue Devils dual with UNC by downing Brandon Whitman in sudden victory.