But all that will change this Saturday night as the Keydets play host to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Duke University. Action is set for 7:30 p.m. in The Thunderdome. Fans unable to make the trip to Lexington can follow the action through a live statistical link.
Saturday’s clash will be the 16th time the Blue Devils and Keydets have met in a dual match situation. All-time since 1978-79 when VMI began offering wrestling scholarships, the Keydets are 10-5 versus Duke, including a win in the last meeting.
This will be the first time the two teams have met for a dual since 2009-10 when the Keydets claimed a 21-18 victory in Durham, N.C. The only Keydet still on the team who wrestled that match is Conor Black, who pinned Spencer Jasper in 4:02 at 165 pounds as a freshman that season.
So far in 2012-13, VMI wrestlers have tangled with the Blue Devils on six occasions during various tournaments. Mark Darr, a rookie at 165 pounds, is the only Keydet to claim victory, besting Duke’s Michael Wright 8-1 at the Wolfpack Open in November.
Saturday’s Potential Lineup (Subject to Change)
Wt. VMI (Overall/Dual) Duke (Overall/Dual)
125 Armando Herrera (3-13/0-5) Peter Terrezza (1-8/1-4)
133 Andriy Onufriyenko (6-11/1-5) Brandon Gambucci (8-2/3-1)
141 Ryan Goodsell (9-10/3-2) Tanner Hough (11-11/2-3)
or Emmitt Kelly (8-11/1-1)
149 Zeb Stewart (4-13/0-7) Marcus Cain (12-7/3-1)
157 Ted Gottwald (4-9/2-5) Immanuel Kerr-Brown (17-8/0-1)
165 Mark Darr (9-12/2-4) Randy Roden (4-11/0-5)
174 John Dommert (5-13/2-5) Trey Adamson (9-11/2-3)
184 Jonathan Jones (2-6/1-4) Diego Bencomo (6-9/1-2)
197 Urayoan Garcia (8-10/1-3) Conner Hartmann (17-8/2-3)
285 Michael LaPrade (1-9/0-5) Brendan Walsh (4-9/0-3)