Jan. 19, 2009

Courtesy of Duke

DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke University wrestling team suffered its first setback of the season tonight, losing to Wyoming 36-6 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. It was the first contest of a three-match homestand for the Blue Devils.

Duke falls to 5-1 on the season, while Wyoming improves to 7-2 overall after wins over N.C. State and Liberty earlier in the day. The match started at 125 pounds and concluded with heavyweight.

“The loss was a painful and disappointing loss,” head coach Clar Anderson said. “There were some highlights. With two guys injured in warm-ups today it called upon some guys [Mike Bell] and [Turner Rooney] to step in and they bumped up a weight class and fought incredibly well. Turner Rooney faced their best wrestler ranked ninth in the country and bumping up a weight class and competing for us is incredible. Jack Anderson is just back from injury, and he gave us a great effort. Hopefully we can rebound soon and get this team healthy.”

Competing in the 197-pound division, Dan Tulley garnered Duke’s lone points of the evening with a fall in just 2:36. After a close first half of the first period, Tulley used a quick move to post his first fall of the season and make the score 30-6. The win for Tulley was his 15th of the season and fourth in a row. He is unbeaten at 3-0 in dual matches this season.

“Obviously, Dan Tulley with a pin did a fabulous job. A lot of the guys have injuries and haven’t been training and it kind of caught up with us today.”

The meet began with Duke’s Peter Terrezza dueling Michael Martinez. Wyoming took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown halfway through the opening period. Terrezza cut the lead in half with an escape 30 seconds later, but Martinez responded with another takedown for the 4-1 advantage. Duke’s rookie 125-pounder registered another escape in the final five seconds to make it 4-2 after the opening three minutes.

Martinez stretched his lead to 9-3 after the second period with two more takedowns and dominated the final session to capture a 19-9 major decision victory.

Coming off an exciting win at N.C. State, Jack Anderson grappled against Cory Vombaur at 133 pounds. Vombaur scored the lone points in the first period, going ahead 2-0 with a takedown. Trailing 4-2 late in the third period, Anderson got a takedown to make it 4-4, but Vombaur held more than a minute advantage in riding time to earn the 5-4 decision.

Spencer Jasper lined up for the Blue Devils at 141 pounds, going up against Cole Dallaserra. The Cowboys built their overall lead to 13-0 as Dallaserra registered a fall in 4:57 for the six points.

Wyoming continued to build on its lead at 149 pounds with a second major decision victory. Cole Dallaserra led just 2-0 over Spencer Jasper after the first three minutes, but he slowly added on for a 10-0 win and a 17-0 lead for the Cowboys after four matches.

Sophomore Mike Bell moved up from 149 pounds to compete in the 157-pound division because of an injury to Jared Sernoffsky. Going up against Eric Coxbill, the Cowboys took the early 2-0 lead with a takedown. Bell continued to fight hard, but was unable to get on the scoreboard as Coxbill added four more points for the 6-0 decision after the seven minutes.

Sporting a 3-0 record in dual matches on the season, senior Addison Nuding jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Alex Rieder at 165 pounds. Rieder tied the duel at two points before Nuding went back in front 4-2 with a reversal. The second period was a tough one for Nuding as Rieder tallied three points to head into the final session in front 7-4. Rieder garnered one more point for riding time to finish with an 8-4 decision, giving the Cowboys a 23-0 lead.

The seventh match of the evening featured Duke’s Voris Tejada and 17th-ranked Shane Onufer. A tightly-contested match throughout the opening two periods, Tejada led 1-0 after five minutes. Onufer evened the score at the start of the third session with an escape and added another point for a stalling call against Tejada. The Cowboys’ Onufer frustrated Tejada and added four more points to his score for the 6-1 decision.

Earning his second start of the season, senior Turner Rooney wrestled for just the second time this season at 184 pounds. Matching up against No. 9 Joe LeBlanc, Rooney turned in a valiant effort for seven minutes, but LeBlanc proved to be too formidable of an opponent as he registered a 15-4 major decision victory.

The match concluded at heavyweight with Wyoming’s Jacob Scarbrough registering a pin in 1:18 against Robert Holbrook. Holbrook moved up a weight class for the Blue Devils due to injuries.

Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a dual against rival North Carolina on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

Wyoming 36, Duke 6
125 – (WYO) Michael Martinez major dec. (DU) Peter Terrezza 19-9 (0-4)
133 – (WYO) Cory Vombaur dec. (DU) Jack Anderson 5-4 (0-7)
141 – (WYO) Cole Dallaserra pin (DU) Spencer Jasper 4:57 (0-13)
149 – (WYO) Chase Smith major dec. (DU) Dan Adamo 10-0 (0-17)
157 – (WYO) Eric Coxbill dec. (DU) Mike Bell 6-0 (0-20)
165 – (WYO) Alex Rieder dec. (DU) Addison Nuding 8-4 (0-23)
174 – (WYO) #17 Shane Onufer dec. (DU) Voris Tejada (DU) 6-1 (0-26)
184 – (WYO) #9 Joe LeBlanc major dec. (DU) Turner Rooney 16-4 (0-30)
197 – (DU) Dan Tulley pin vs. (WYO) Alfonso Hernandez 2:36 (6-30)
285 – (WYO) Jacob Scarbrough pin (DU) Robert Holbrook 1:18 (6-36)