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Crown Point wrestler Nick Tattini picks Duke

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Crown Point's Nick Tattini, left, looks for an opening against Valparaiso's Dylan Kwiatkowski in the 170-pound final of the Duneland Athletic Conference Meet in January.

CROWN POINT — A second Crown Point wrestler made a Division I commitment in a little more than a week when Nick Tattini gave his pledge to Duke on Tuesday.

“I just feel like it was the perfect combination of academics and athletics,” Tattini said. “Duke was always the frontrunner.”

Last week, Tattini’s Bulldogs teammate Logan Frazier committed to Virginia Tech.

Tattini visited the Durham, North Carolina, campus about a month ago, he said. He also considered Wabash.

“Obviously, it’s Division I. The athletics are always very good but seeing it (put Duke over the top),” he said said. “Now I have to worry less about the search for a college in the spring and summer when it’s getting very close.”

Tattini was a state qualifier at 138 pounds as a sophomore but didn’t make the podium. He was Duneland Athletic Conference champion at 170 last season. He was runner up in March at the Indiana State Wrestling Association Folkstyle state meet.

At Duke, he’ll likely bump up to 165. The Blue Devils have qualified for the NCAA tournament for 11 consecutive seasons. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

Tattini could wrestle anywhere from 145 to 160 pounds this year, depending upon how the Crown Point lineup shakes out.

The Bulldogs are two-time defending DAC champs and finished fourth in the state meet in February.

“I’d like to be a state placer this year. That’s the main thing I want to do. I want to go back down to state,” Tattini said. “As a team, we want to win (Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association) team state. This is the first time we’re wrestling in that.”

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