Mitch Finesilver is an Israeli-American wrestler, who competed on the NCAA for the Duke University, being one of two wrestlers in the Blue Devils' program history to qualify for the Nationals on four occasions. An All-American wrestler and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Finesilver became one of Israel's most accomplished wrestlers through his bronze medal performance at the European Championships.
Mitch Finesilver Wrestling
- Lettered Athlete In Wrestling (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Lettered Athlete In Cross Country (2014)
- Cherry Creek Wrestling Team MVP (2011, 2014)
- NCAA All American (2016, 2019)
- ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2019)
- 1st Place ACC Championship (2019)
- 1st Place Hokie Open (2018)
- 1st Place Wolfpack Open (2018)
- 1st Place Appalachian Open (2015)
- 2nd Place Southern Scuffle (2019)
- 2nd Place ACC Championships (2015, 2016)
- 2nd Place Wolfpack Open (2015, 2017)
- 4th Place NCAA Championships (2019)
- 7th Southern Scuffle (2017)
- 3rd Place European Championships (2021)
- 3rd Place Henri Deglane Grand Prix (2021)
- 149 lbs/67.5 kg
- 157 lbs/71 kg
- 163 lbs/74 kg
- Cherry Creek High School
- Duke University
Mitch Finesilver BiographyMitch Finesilver was born on March 20, 1996, in Denver, Colorado, USA, where he grew up. The Finesilver family has a long-standing relationship with the Mile-High City as Mitch's father, Steve, was a longtime coach and teacher in Denver public schools, and his grandfather, Sherman Finesilver was a federal judge.
Both Mitch and his twin brother, Zach, were extremely sporty growing up, with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry. This competitive environment led the twins to co-captain their wrestling team during high school.
The Finesilver's success on the high school mats led them to North Carolina's Duke University, where the brothers became two of the college's wrestling team's main athletes while competing in different weight divisions, Zach at 165 lb and Mitch at 149 lbs. Mitch, in particular, earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest individual seeding in Blue Devil history, and became a four-time NCAA qualifier.
With an international career in mind, Mitch applied for - and received - Israeli citizenship, quickly becoming one of the country's most accomplished wrestlers of all time by earning a medal at the European Championships in 2021. Although representing the Mediterranean country, Finesilver continued training in the US, at the New York City Regional Training Center, after finishing college.