CLEVELAND, Ohio – The American University wrestling team closed out competition Saturday at the Cleveland State Open with a total of six placewinners, led by sophomore Brett Dempsey.
Dempsey posted a 4-1 record on Saturday to place second at 197 pounds. He opened the day with a first-period fall over Edinboro's Lester Enriquez before scoring three straight decisions to move into the finals. However, Dempsey fell against Cole Baxter of Kent State in the championship bout, finishing as the runner-up.
Four other Eagles brought home third-place finishes. Junior David Terao, ranked 15th in the nation at 125 pounds, posted a 5-1 mark on Saturday, including three major decisions and a technical fall.
Terao won his first round with an 18-8 major decision over Bloomsburg's Jon Haas, but dropped a decision to Northwestern's Stevan Micic in the second round. He rebounded in the consolation bracket with four straight victories, including a 14-3 major decision against Contez Starkes of Gardner-Webb in the third-place match.
At 157 pounds, junior John Boyle compiled a 7-1 mark to place third. Despite falling in his first match of the day, Boyle earned seven victories in the consolation bracket. He began his run through the wrestlebacks with a pair of major decisions, adding a decision, a win by injury default and a pair of forfeit victories en route to the third-place match. Boyle concluded the long day of competition with a 10-2 major decision over Mitchell Malott of Eastern Michigan.
Freshman Jeric Kasunic put together a 4-1 mark at 184 pounds to earn a third-place showing. Kasunic posted two wins in the championship bracket, including a fall in 55 seconds, before dropping a decision against Nick Corba of host Cleveland State in the quarterfinals. Kasunic came back strong in the wrestlebacks, scoring two more falls, pinning Michigan's Ayoola Olapo in the third-place bout.
Additionally, junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera placed third at 133 pounds, competing as an unattached wrestler. Gomez-Rivera scored five decisions on Saturday, with his lone loss coming in a 3-2 decision to eventual champion Chase Zemenak of Bloomsburg.
Also placing for the Eagles on Saturday was sophomore Tom Page, who earned a fourth-place showing at 149 pounds. Page scored three wins in the championship bracket, including a fall over Buffalo's Trevor Hoffmier in the quarterfinals, before dropping his semifinal match against Ryan Mosley of Gardner-Webb. He then picked up another win by forfeit in the wrestlebacks, but came up short in the third-place match.
American has the next few weeks off from competition before heading to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Aloha Open on Dec. 30.