Matt Finesilver Prepped for 2019 World Team Trials Challenge
Duke rising senior Matt Finesilver doesn’t have to go far for his next national wrestling tournament as NC State plays host to the 2019 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament this weekend, May 17-19. Finesilver will be among the nation’s top wrestlers competing for spots in one of two Final X events, which determines the World Team.
Finesilver, fresh off of taking fourth at the U.S. Open at the end of April to secure an Olympic redshirt, will compete at 79 kilograms in the senior freestyle division. Action begins for him, Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Session II gets underway at 5:30 p.m.
Competing at 174 pounds for the Blue Devils the past two seasons, Finesilver is a two-time NCAA qualifier and garnered All-ACC honors in 2019 with a runner-up finish. He
World Team Trials Ticket Information
Tickets are still on sale! It is best to buy them online so as to avoid any long lines and the potential for missing any of the exciting action.
Tickets are the same price online as at the door:
General Admission: $60 - Three Day Pass (Good for all sessions)
Team GA (buy 10 or more): $40 each - Three Day Pass (Good for all sessions)
General Admission: $35 - One day pass
Team GA (Buy 10 or more): $25 each - One day pass
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye
The quartet of Mitch Finesilver, Zach Finesilver, Brandon Leynaud and Alec Schenk officially became Duke alums this past Sunday at the 2019 Duke Commencement ceremony. The group’s impact on the wrestling program can’t be put into words, but lives in the Blue Devils’ consecutive top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Without the tireless work of these four during their careers, Duke would not be where it is today as a wrestling program.
- Mitch Finesilver: Evolutionary Anthropology; Sociology minor
- Zach Finesilver: History; Evolutionary Anthropology minor
- Brandon Leynaud: Sociology; Neuroscience & Psychology minors
- Alec Schenk: Sociology; Italian minor
Reflections by Mitch Finesilver
“The most valuable part of my Duke experience has been the challenges I have faced,” former wrestler Mitch Finesilver said. “My time at Duke, while extremely rewarding, pushed me to be a better student, athlete and person. Graduating from such a prestigious university validates the hard work I've put in and the sacrifices I've made. I wouldn't trade my time at Duke for anything and cannot thank the people who have made it possible enough. I hope to continue on with my life by bringing pride to those individuals and representing them to my best abilities.”