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Gambucci Leads Duke at Hokie Open
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/06/2011
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SALEM, Va.-Redshirt freshman Brandon Gambucci captured runner-up honors at the Hokie Open to lead the Blue Devils in their opening weekend. Gambucci, wrestling for the first time in a Duke singlet, fell to sixth-ranked Devin Carter of Virginia Tech in the championship bout.

Also wrestling for Duke were redshirt junior Peter Terrezza at 125 pounds, sophomore Ryan Harding at 157 pounds, senior Dan Adamo at 165 pounds and sophomore Brian Self and redshirt junior Andrew Fulk at 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

Competing at 133 pounds for Duke, Gambucci opened the day with a 5-2 decision over Matt Oliver of Newberry College. Gambucci's cruised past North Carolina's Pat Owens, 4-0, to earn a spot in the championship semifinals. Going up against Chris Johnson of Appalachian State in the semifinal bout, the native of Mansfield, Ohio dominated Johnson to earn a 13-3 major decision and the right to take on Carter in the final bout. Gambucci fought hard in the title match, but Carter proved to be too much, pinning the Blue Devil in 2:11.

Self had a solid outing at 197 pounds, finishing with a 3-2 overall record. He won his opening match over  Brook Gosch of the Air Force Academy, 2-1, before falling to Chattanooga's Niko Brown 12-2 in the second round.

In the consolation bracket, Self picked up two more victories, including his first fall of the year. Self needed just two minutes to pin North Carolina's Andrew Barksdale. He edged Luke Johnson of The Citadel, 3-2 before suffering his final setback of the tournament to Ohio University's Cody Rodgers.

Terrezza went 2-2 for the day, posting a narrow 3-2 decision over Aaron Runzo of Old Dominion and a fall in 2:36 against the Monarchs' Buddy Scarborough. Terrezza's final loss of the day came against Appalachian State's Antonio Gravely, 12-5 in the consolation third round.

Fulk also finished the day at 2-2, registering decisions against Bradley Rogers of Chattanooga and Adam Barnette of George Mason. The eventual champion, Dave Marone of the host Hokies, narrowly defeated Fulk, 8-4, to send the Duke heavyweight into the consolation bracket.

Harding went 0-2 to start the season, while Adamo finished 1-2. Competing unattached were A.J. Guardado and Brent Jorge. Guardado posted a 2-2 mark at 149 pounds, while Jorge was 3-2 at 141 pounds.

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