The #20 American University wrestling team opened its 2010-11 season Saturday with a pair of dominating wins at the Pentagon Duals, the first sporting event to ever be held inside the Pentagon. The Eagles beat Army 26-6 in its first dual of the day before taking down Franklin & Marshall 33-10.
American (2-0) won eight of 10 bouts against Army (1-1), including an 18-1 second-period technical fall by #8 Ryan Flores over Christian Botero. The Black Knights picked up the first victory at 125 lbs. but the Eagles answered back with five straight wins to take control of the meet. Returning All-American #2 Steve Fittery earned his first victory of the season with a 7-1 decision at 157 lbs., while 2010 NCAA Qualifier #20 Daniel Mitchell also registered his first win at 197 lbs., 3-0. Ganbayar Sanjaa made a successful American debut with a 9-3 win at 149 lbs. and Matt Mariacher returned from a redshirt year with a hard fought 1-0 decision at 141 lbs.
American returned to the mat against Franklin & Marshall (0-2) and picked up seven victories, five of which came with bonus points. Flores again highlighted the Eagles' efforts as pinned Daniel Canfield in just 1:04 for the fastest fall of the day. Fittery also recorded a first-period fall over Eric Norgard at the 2:43 mark. Sanjaa earned an impressive 18-3 technical fall while Patrick Graham posted a 17-7 major decision at 165 lbs.
The Eagles will return to action next Saturday, November 13, at the Brockport Invitational in Brockport, N.Y. Other teams competing in the tournament include #9 Oklahoma, #21 Rutgers, Maryland, Buffalo, Army and Brockport.
#20 American 26, Army 6
125: Travis Coffey (Army) dec. Thomas Williams (AU), 3-2
133: Kevin Tao (AU) dec. Jordan Thome (Army), 7-4
141: Matt Mariacher (AU) dec. Casey Thome (Army), 1-0
149: Ganbayar Sanjaa (AU) dec. Daniel Young (Army), 9-3
157: #2 Steve Fittery (AU) dec. Rudy Chelednick (Army), 7-1
165: Patrick Graham (AU) dec. Jake Vetter (Army), 4-0
174: Collin Whittmeyer (Army) dec. Phillip Barreiro (AU), 10-4
184: Thomas Barreiro (AU) dec. Will Brown (Army), 4-3
197: #20 Daniel Mitchell (AU) dec. Ryan Ross (Army), 3-0
HWT: #8 Ryan Flores (AU) tech. fall Christian Botero (Army), 18-1