Duke’s Finesilver to vie for spot on USA World Team
Duke junior wrestler Mitch Finesilver will travel to New York City for the annual Bill Farrell Memorial International Open to vie for a chance to represent the United States in the World Championships. The Non-Olympic World Championships will be held in Budapest, Hungary, Dec. 10-11, 2016.
Finesilver will wrestle at the New York Athletic Club on Friday with the freestyle competition starting at 10 a.m. The preliminaries, quarterfinals and semifinals matches will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The men’s freestyle consolation matches will run from 4:30 to 6:30, while the medal matches will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Finesilver, a two-time NCAA qualifier, will compete in the freestyle 70 kg weight class. He has wrestled at 133 and 149 pounds for the Blue Devils and was the third true freshman to qualify for the NCAA Championships when he did so in 2015. Finesilver is 40-18 overall in his two seasons at Duke.
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While Finesilver is in New York City, Duke will be preparing to open its dual schedule with No. 15 Oregon State in Boone. That match is set to begin at noon on Friday. The Blue Devils also will wrestle against Belmont Abbey at 2 p.m.
Wake Forest: Coach Danny Manning announced Thursday that two prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Wake Forest beginning in the summer of 2017.
Guard Chaundee Brown (Orlando, Fla.) and forward/guard Melo Eggleston (Upper Marlboro, Md.) signed their official commitments this week to join the Demon Deacons next season.
ECU: Head coach Jeff Lebo announced Thursday that K.J. Davis, a 6-foot-6 guard at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Va., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball for the Pirates beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Campbell: Ja’Cor Nelson of Hopkins, S.C., and Jordan Whitfield of Millbrook High School, have both signed national letters of intent with University.
Head coach Kevin McGeehan announced Wednesday. The backcourt players will join the Fighting Camels in the fall of 2017.
The Camels are set to open the 2016-17 season Friday at 7 p.m., at Big 12 Conference member Oklahoma State.
Elon: The Phoenix opens the 2016-17 season hosting William Peace on Friday at 8 p.m. inside the Alumni Gym. In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans and their families will be admitted free with a military ID.
St. Augustine’s: This weekend, the Falcons make their season debut at the Trojan Tip-Off Classic hosted by Virginia State. The Falcons’ first game will be on Friday at 6 p.m. before facing California University on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Duke: The Blue Devils will open the 2016-17 campaign at 6 p.m. Friday at Liberty University, at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va.
UNC: The Tar Heels officially begins the 2016-17 season by hosting Alabama State at 4 p.m. on Friday at Carmichael Arena. Regular price tickets are $5.
Wake Forest: The Demon Decons are set to open the 2016-17 season on Friday at 4 p.m. inside the LJVM Coliseum against Navy. The team will be entering into the fifth season under coach Jen Hoover.
ECU: Coach Heather Macy announced the addition of three newcomers, who have signed National Letters of Intent during the NCAA’s early signing period. Tamia Hicks, Necole Hope and Ariyana Williams will be eligible to play for the Pirates beginning with the 2017-18 season.
The team will also open its 2016-17 regular season at home for the first time in three seasons when it hosts Greensboro College at 5: 30 p.m. on Friday.
Campbell: Coach Ronny Fisher has announced the signing of the first three members of the Camels’ 2017 recruiting class during the recently opened early signing period. Tatyana Carver of Bladensburg, Md., Shakyra Davis of Forest City and Ashlyn Hampton of Mocksville all signed national letters of intent to join the Campbell women’s basketball program as freshmen in the fall of 2017.
St. Augustine’s: This weekend, the Falcons will play their first game of theseason at the Southern Wesleyan University Tip-Off Tournament in Central, S.C. The first game will be against Brenau inside the Tysinger Gymnasium on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The winner of that contest will play the Southern Wesleyan-Columbia International winner in the Saturday championship game at 5 p.m. The losers of Friday’s games will face each other in the consolation game on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Duke: Redshirt senior defensive tackle A.J. Wolf has been named a semifinalist for the Pop Warner National College Football Award, according to an announcement Thursday by Pop Warner Little Scholars.
The accolade recognizes a graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, which are attributes Pop Warner emphasizes with its young scholar athletes.
Wake Forest: Senior safety Ryan Janvion has been named as one of five finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award. Janvion is looking to become the second-consecutive Demon Deacon to earn the award, as Brandon Chubb took home the honor in 2015.
N.C. State: Four members of the Wolfpack are set to compete at the Rebel Invitational hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas beginning Friday. Martina Frantova, Bianca Moldovan, Amanda Rebol and Anna Rogers will represent the program over the three-day event. Frantova and Rogers will compete together in doubles play while Moldovan and Rebol will make up the second Wolfpack duo.
St. Augustine’s: On Friday, the Falcons will host archrival Shaw in the final regular-season match for the Falcons. The match begins at 6 p.m. inside Emery Gymnasium. Admission is free.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will play Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech for the final time this season. The Deacons will play Pitt at 7 p.m. on Friday.The team will then play Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
N.C. State: First-year coach Linda Hampton-Keith and her staff have announced the addition of outside hitter BreElle Bailey to the Wolfpack volleyball program. The Arizona State transfer will have one season of eligibility remaining and be eligible to compete during the 2017 season.
N.C. State: Coach Richard Sykes and the team picked up one strong commitment during the early signing period Thursday, as Easton Paxton signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Wolfpack in advance of the 2017-18 season.
Paxton is a four-time Class 4A state champion and has led his high school team to four consecutive 4A state titles. He also helped Team Wyoming to a best-ever second-place finish at the Junior America’s Cup in Arizona in July.
Elon:The Phoenix was well represented in the 2016 All Colonial Athletic Association. The league announced its postseason awards on Thursday evening, eight Phoenix players were honored with Elijah Agu headlining the group with his first team All-CAA selection.
Agu was the only Phoenix player on the All-CAA first team while sophomore Nick Adamczyk was the lone representative on the league’s second team. Jonathan Coleby and Jaiden Fortune receive All-CAA third team laurels, while Phoenix freshmen Austin Hill, Luke Matthews and Tuki Tayali were tabbed to the league’s All-Rookie team. Goalkeeper Matthew Jegier rounded out the Phoenix honorees on the CAA’s All-Academic Team.
UNC: The University men’s and women’s teams will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday to determine which teams will compete at the NCAA Championships. The Tar Heels would need to finish either first or second to secure a spot at the NCAA Championships.
N.C. State: The men’s and women’s teams will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship meet on Friday. The No. 2 nationally-ranked women will run a 6K course, while the No. 27 men’s team will move up to a 10K format. Last year, the women’s team finished in second place behind Virginia while the men finished fifth.
Duke: The Blue Devils will send a six-competitor contingent to Earlysville, Va., Friday to represent the women’s team in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. Sophia Parvizi-Wayne, Lindsay Billings, Gabrielle Richichi, Sheridan Wilbur, Liz Lansing and Sarah Armstrong round out the squad. The men’s team consists of Stephen Garrett, Nikhil Pulimood, Jordan Burton, Josiah Hanko,Cole Hoff, Tom Sullivan and Brian Benesch.
The women’s 6K contest is slated for an 11 a.m. start, while the men’s 10K race set for a noon start.
Elon: The Phoenix will compete at its final meet on its schedule, the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday in Earlysville, Va.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s 6K race followed by the men’s 10K at noon.
Duke: The Blue Devils will participate in their second fall competition, traveling to Milwaukee, Wis., for the November North American Cup, hosted by the United States Fencing Association.
Representing the 2016-17 team Friday through Monday will be freshmen Eoin Gronningsater (foil), Aidan McGinnis (epee), Ben Stone (saber) and Agoston Walter (saber).
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