DURHAM — Duke’s Conner Hartmann and Brandon Gambucci begin 2013 among the preseeded wrestlers at the upcoming Southern Scuffle at Chattanooga. The Blue Devils duo is among 14 ACC wrestlers seeded.
Hartmann earned the No. 8 seed at 197 pounds, while Gambucci rounds out the 133-pound division as the 12th seed. The tournament kicks off Jan. 1 at 10 a.m.
A redshirt freshman, Hartmann heads to the Southern Scuffle with a 14-4 overall record for the season, including a 12-2 mark in tournament action. He has been ranked for much of the season and owns three top three tournament finishes and was named the ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week following his win at the Hokie Open.
At 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Gambucci is 8-1 overall and has a team-leading five falls for the year. The Duke Student-Athlete of the Week following his strong performance at Northwestern, Gambucci is on a seven-match win streak with five of those victories coming by pin.
North Carolina: Sophomore Evan Henderson earned a sixth-place finish at the Midlands Championships on Sunday in Evanston, Ill.
After going 3-1 on Saturday, the fifth-ranked Henderson opened Sunday with a narrow 3-2 decision over Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin before earning a spot in the wrestleback semifinals with a 6-3 decision over Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern.