Nov 11, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. — Duke University redshirt freshman Conner Hartmann continued his stellar start to the 2012-13 wrestling season with a third-place finish at the Michigan State Open. The Blue Devils faced arguably their toughest tests of the year against a challenging field that featured five top 25 teams, including No. 9 Central Michigan and No. 18 Kent State.
Hartmann, fresh off of winning the Hokie Open at 197 pounds, started the day with a 9-5 decision over Michigan State’s Nick McDiarmid. He fought his way past Jackson Lewis of Central Michigan 4-1 before meeting Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State in the semifinals. Up against the 2012 NCAA qualifier with a berth in the title bout on the line, Hartmann battled hard, but came up short in an 8-2 decision. The Port Orchard, Wash., native rebounded with a commanding 10-3 decision to advance to the consolation bracket championship.
In the third-place match, Hartmann faced Michigan State’s own Luke Jones. In a hard-fought match by both wrestlers, Hartmann held off the Spartan sophomore 5-4 to take third overall in the bracket. Hartmann, the most recent ACC Wrestler of the Week, is 8-1 overall for the year.
Redshirt senior Diego Bencomo and junior Brian Self also were winners of their first matches of the day. At 184 pounds, 19th-ranked Bencomo downed Drew Rebling of Columbia, 9-5. He followed that with consecutive losses to move to 4-3 for the season.
Self, competing at 197 pounds, dispatched Austin Brown from Findlay, 3-1 to start the day before going up against the nation’s top wrestler Dustin Kilgore of Kent State. Self fought valiantly against No. 1 Kilgore, but lost in a major decision. He finished the day with a narrow 6-3 decision to Andrew Simpson of Olivet in the consolation bracket.
L, Tyler Small (Kent State), Dec., 0-2
L, Wismit Monius (Lindsey Wilson), Dec., 1-3 (OT)
L, Ben Sullivan (Northwestern), Inj.
L, Tim Rigel (Ohio State), Inj.
L, Connor Brancheau (Michigan), L, Dec., 2-5
W, Zack Cline (C. Michigan), Dec., 6-4 (OT)
L, Harrison Hightower (Ohio), Fall, 2:34
L, Michael Duckworth (Ohio), Fall, 1:47
L, Kevin Nash (Michigan State), Dec., 8-11
L, No. 15 Casey Newburg (Kent State), TF, 0-15
L, Andrew Ottenwess (Olivet), MD, 3-14
No. 19 Diego Bencomo
W, Drew Rebling (Columbia), Dec., 9-5
L, Brandonn Johnson (Notre Dame, Ohio), Dec., 2-5
L, Andrew Ottenwess (Olivet), Dec., 8-11
W, Nick McDiarmid (Michigan State), Dec., 9-5
W, Jackson Lewis (Central Michigan), Dec., 4-1
L, Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State), Dec., 2-8
W, Logan Renas (Olivet), Dec., 10-3
W, Luke Jones (Michigan State), Dec., 5-4
W, Ashton Brown (Findlay), Dec., 3-1
L, No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State), MD, 9-23
L, Andrew Simpson (Olivet), Dec., 3-6
L, Ernest James (Edinboro), Inj.
L, Jason Pedigo (Manchester), Inj.