By Steve Phillips
Atlantic Coast Conference
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke 133-pound redshirt sophomore Brandon Gambucci has been named the final Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week for the 2012-13 season after posting three dual match wins and keying the Blue Devils to their first conference win of the year.
In the Blue Devils’ final ACC dual on Feb. 20, Gambucci upended NC State’s Sam Speno, ranked 27th in the latest NCAA Coaches’ Panel rankings by a 5-0 score as Duke presented first-year head coach Glen Lanham with his first conference victory and just the program’s third win over the Wolfpack since 1975.
Three days later, Gambucci collected his 16th and 17th wins of the season at the NWCA Duals Festival. The Mansfield, Ohio native cruised past Franklin & Marshall’s Robert Ruiz in a 20-6 major decision and had little trouble versus Cody Wheeler of Lock Haven with a 9-2 decision. Gambucci is 17-4 overall this season and 12-3 in duals for the Blue Devils.
The ACC Wrestler of the Week honor is the second for Gambucci, who was also cited once during the 2011-12 season.