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Mitch Finesilver Named ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/01/2019
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DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University redshirt senior Mitch Finesilver continues to add to his haul of awards as he was voted the 2018-19 ACC Wrestling Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Blue Devils landed a league-best five individuals on the All-ACC Academic Team.

Joining Mitch Finesilver on the All-ACC Academic Team are his three brothers, Josh Finesilver, Matt Finesilver and Zach Finesilver. Benjamin Anderson rounds out the group of five – all of whom were NCAA qualifiers in 2019. Duke landed five on the team for the third consecutive year and for the fifth time since 2013.

Josh and Matt repeat as honorees, while Zach Finesilver earns his second and Mitch Finesilver and Anderson make the list for the first time.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports.

Mitch Finesilver is the first Blue Devil to garner the Scholar Athlete of the Year award since John Barone did so in 2008-09. This is the latest of many honors for the Greenwood Village, Colo., native as he was also awarded an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship and voted the Duke Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.

Competing at 149 pounds in his final season, Mitch saved his best season for last, compiling a career-best 33-5 overall record en route to capturing his first All-America honor with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Mitch is a four-time NCAA qualifier and four-time All-ACC honoree and reached the top of the ACC podium in 2019 after finishing runner-up his first three seasons.

Mitch finishes his career with a 95-30 overall record to rank eighth on the Duke career list. His 33 wins this past season are sixth on the single-season charts.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

The Blue Devils finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season, taking 24th overall. Mitch and Matt Finesilver both earned All-ACC honors, while Mitch capped his illustrious career with All-America accolades.