CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — N.C. State sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski finished third in the 285-pound weight class Wednesday at the prestigious Southern Scuffle, one of the top collegiate wrestling tournaments in the nation. The 23-team field featured five top-10 teams and seven top-25 teams.
Gwiazdowski went 3-0 Tuesday, and started Wednesday in the semifinals, where he fell 4-1 to reigning NCAA champion Anthony Nelson of Minnesota. The loss was Gwiazdowski’s first of the season after 18 wins. Gwiazdowski then picked up a 6-1 win against No. 15 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio before being awarded third on a forfeit by No. 4 Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State.
Duke: Junior Lindy Duncan will tee off at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Copa de las Americas at the Doral Resort and Spa in Miami.
The four-day event is an amateur team competition for countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. There are three 72-hole competitions – men’s, women’s and overall – with 18 holes played each day.
Duncan and Erynne Lee, Chris Williams and Steven Fox will represent the United States.
Duke: The Blue Devils will get their season started this weekend at the Tennessee Diving Invitational in Knoxville.
Senior Jordan Long returns after winning the men’s 3-meter springboard event at the Nike Cup Invitational during late November. Sophomore Clay Pinckney and freshmen Deon Reid, Jaimee Gundry and Kendall McClenney also will compete, as will 2012 Olympians Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory.
The three-day competition will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter springboard events. Friday will see the men compete on the 3-meter board and the women on the 1-meter board, and both the men and women will compete on the platform beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Duke will be one of 15 schools represented, joining ACC opponents Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia.