The No. 9 American University wrestling team picked up its first dual meet win of the season Saturday night in Fairfax, Va., with a 27-15 victory over George Mason.
American won six of the 10 bouts on the evening, earning the 12-point triumph on the strength of two falls and three major decisions. No. 1 Ryan Flores closed the evening for AU in impressive fashion, earning a fall against George Mason's Adam Barnette at the 1:53 mark. Flores improves to 5-0 on the season at heavyweight with four of his victories coming by pins. No. 4 Ganbayar Sanjaa also stayed perfect on the season at 157 lbs., earning a pin against Jaaziah Bethea at 6:40, his second fall of the campaign.
Thomas Williams began the meet off strong for American, earning a 9-0 major decision over Vincent Rodriguez at 125 lbs. Kevin Tao registered his team-leading sixth major decision of the season with a 23-10 victory over GMU's Mike Bakuckas at 149 lbs. AU's final major decision was by Thomas Barreiro at 184 lbs. as he picked up a 21-12 win over Corey Smith.
No. 9 Matt Mariacher also earned a victory for American, recording a 4-0 decision against Denny Herndon III at 141 lbs. The triumph was Mariacher's team-best 11th win of the season.
The Eagles will return to the mat for the 49th-annual Midlands Championships, which will be contested on December 29-30 on the campus of Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.
133 - Zachary Isenhour (GMU) tech. fall Chris Brienza (American), 16-0; GMU leads 5-4
141 - No. 9 Matt Mariacher (American) dec. Denny Herndon III (GMU), 4-0; American leads 7-5
149 - Kevin Tao (American) major dec. Mike Bakuckas (GMU), 23-10; American leads 11-5
157 - No. 4 Ganbayar Sanjaa (American) pin Jaaziah Bethea (GMU), 6:40; American leads 17-5
165 - Ty Knepp (GMU) overtime dec. Sean McCarty (American), 10-8; American leads 17-8
174 - Frankie McLaughlin IV (GMU) major dec. Phillip Barreiro (American), 16-8; American leads 17-12
184 - Thomas Barreiro (American) major dec. Corey Smith (GMU), 12-2; American leads 21-12
197 - Shohei Tovuujav (GMU) dec. No. 11 Daniel Mitchell (American), 5-2; American leads 21-15
HWT - No. 1 Ryan Flores (American) pin Adam Barnette (GMU), 1:53; American wins 27-15