DURHAM, N.C.—Coming off of a month-long break from competition, the Duke wrestling tea will ring in the New Year at the 2018 Southern Scuffle presented by Compound Clothing hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The event runs from Jan 1-2 at McKenzie Arena.
Duke fans who would like to purchase tickets will receive a special discount online by using the promo code DUKE. Two-day reserved tickets are $60, while a one-day reserved pass is $35. General admission passes are $35 for two days and $20 for one day. Fans who would like to attend the finals only will have to pay $10. For ticket questions, contact the UTC Box Office at 423-266-6627.
Monday, January 1
Pigtail Round – 10 a.m.
Championship Round of 32 – 10:45 a.m.
1st Round of Consolations – 1:30 p.m. *
Championship Round of 16 – 2:15 p.m. *
2nd Round of Consolations – 4:00 p.m. *
3rd Round of Consolations – 5:45 p.m. *
Championship Quarterfinals and 4th Round of Consolations – 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, January 2
5th Round of Consolation – 10 a.m.
Championship Semifinals – 12 p.m.
Consolation Quarterfinals – 12 p.m.
Consolation Semifinals – 2 p.m. *
Championship Finals & Medal Matches – 7 p.m.
* Denotes approximate start times
How to Watch
FloWrestling will be on site for every match at the Southern Scuffle. Fans not in attendance can watch the matches through FloArena with the purchase of a subscription. Live scoring from every match will be available free of charge. Simply visit FloArena to track all the Blue Devils. Stay tuned to Twitter as well for updates throughout both dates.
Looking at the 2018 Field
Just like in years past, the 2018 Southern Scuffle features a loaded field. Representatives from 10 teams who finished in the top 25 at last year’s NCAA Championship, including reigning champ Penn State, will be in attendance in Chattanooga. Individually, there could be as many as seven individual NCAA Champions on the mat. Over 70 of the competitors qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament, while 21 were All-Americans.
Full Finesilver Crew to Suit Up for 1st Time
For the first time this season, the four Finesilver brothers will suit up wearing the Duke singlet. The older set of twin brothers, Mitch and Zach Finesilver, competed unattached in the fall portion of the schedule. They return to the Duke lineup with rookie twin brothers Josh and Matt Finesilver. It is likely the first time in NCAA wrestling history that four brothers will be suiting up for one team at any given time.
Duke in the Rankings
Duke remains at No. 25 in the most recent InterMat rankings. The Blue Devils most recently competed in the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, finishing 25th of 46 teams overall. Redshirt senior heavyweight Jacob Kasper is ranked fifth by InterMat, while Mitch Finesilver is 10th at 157 pounds.
Kasper is chasing numerous milestones and markers in his final season as a Blue Devil. Among them is to become just the fourth wrestler in Duke history to reach 100 career victories. He currently owns 77, leaving him needing 23 more victories. Kasper is 13-2 overall this season and finished last season with a 30-6 mark. He is 10 wins shy of moving into a tie for 12th all-time at Duke. He needs 13 to be the 10th wrestler to reach 90 career wins. Kasper is 54-18 in his previous two seasons combined after going 15-16 as a rookie.
Mitch Finally Back in a Duke Singlet
Redshirt junior Mitch Finesilver will don a Duke singlet in competition for the first time in 653 days at the Southern Scuffle Monday. The two-time NCAA qualifier took a redshirt season in 2016-17 and did not compete this past fall. He returns to the Blue Devil lineup up a weight to 157. Mitch is 40-18 for his career and this season is 10-0 while competing unattached. He won both the Hokie Open and the Wolfpack Open.
Looking Back at 2017 Southern Scuffle
Kasper made Duke wrestling history in 2017, becoming the first Blue Devil to win a Southern Scuffle title. The heavyweight defeated three top-15 opponents en route to the top spot on the podium. Connor Bass and Mitch Finesilver also landed on the podium, marking the first time Duke has placed three wrestlers on the podium. Duke’s 13th-place finish was the second highest finish behind 2016’s 12th-place showing. Mitch was competing unattached, while Bass performed well at 174 pounds.
Busy January Ahead
After the Southern Scuffle, Duke will be in the thick of a busy dual schedule. The Blue Devils will wrestle eight duals in 21 days spanning Jan. 6-27. It includes a trip out to Greeley, Colo., as well as the home opener against No. 5 NC State in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That dual is slated for 7:30 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.
No Rest for the Weary
Duke will take a short breather before opening its dual schedule at the Carolina Duals Jan. 5. The Blue Devils will battle Army West Point, Wyoming and American at Carmichael Arena. The schedule will be as follows. Admission to the event is free.
Duke vs. Army West Point – 9 a.m.
Duke vs. Wyoming – 11 am.
Duke vs. American – 5 p.m.