COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – With five individual champions and nine total placewinners, the American University wrestling team opened the season with a strong performance at the Ursinus Fall Brawl on Saturday.
Junior David Terao, ranked 10th in the nation by InterMat, brought home the title at 125 pounds with a 4-0 record on the day. After a bye in the opening round, Terao picked up major decisions in his first two bouts before pinning Austin Petril of Ursinus in the semifinals. Terao claimed the championship with a 10-2 major decision over Delaware Valley's Connor Kirkegard in the title match.
Sophomore Cole Moseley earned the title at 149 pounds, posting a 5-0 record. Along with a fall in the second round, Moseley scored four decisions, including a close 3-2 victory over Delaware Valley's Vincent Fava in the championship bout.
Junior John Boyle had a strong outing at 157 pounds, putting together a 4-0 mark en route to the championship. Boyle scored a major decision in the second round, followed by a fall in the quarterfinals. After earning a decision in his semifinal match, Boyle rolled to a 14-3 major decision over Dillon Sutton of USNA Prep to win the title.
Earning an individual title at 184 pounds was sophomore Jason Grimes, who finished the day with a 4-0 record. Grimes scored decisions in each of his first three matches before winning the title by injury default.
Meanwhile, sophomore Brett Dempsey came away with the championship at 197 pounds, also picking up four wins on Saturday. After winning his second-round match by decision, Dempsey scored a pair of major decisions in the next two rounds. He then captured the title with a 3-2 victory over Nathaniel Leer from The College of New Jersey, winning on a riding time point.
A pair of freshmen had strong performances in their collegiate debuts, as Jeric Kasunic and Scot Augustine each finished second in their respective weight classes. At 174 pounds, Kasunic scored three falls, each in under two minutes, before dropping a 4-2 decision to Joshua Llopez of Liberty in the title match.
Meanwhile, Augustine earned three decisions to earn a spot in the title bout at heavyweight, but came up short in a 4-3 loss to Delaware Valley's Zachery Roseberry.
Also placing in the top four for American on Saturday were redshirt freshman Casey Paglia, who posted a 5-1 record at 141 pounds to finish third, and junior Brad Mutchnik, who placed fourth at 165 pounds with a 3-2 record.
"We wrestled very well today," said American head coach Teague Moore. "David, Cole, John, Jason and Brett did a great job of controlling their bouts and finding ways to win. Our freshmen, Jeric and Scot, also competed hard, but fell just a little short in their finals bouts. Overall, it was a very solid performance and one we can grow from.
"Cole, John, Jason and Brett all earned their first collegiate tournament titles, and that is always special. This team has the ingredients to accomplish great results and I believe we will do it."
The Eagles open their dual slate next weekend, Nov. 15, when they host Campbell at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena.