WASHINGTON – In its first home dual since mid-November, the American University wrestling team fell to visiting Oklahoma, 30-13, on Thursday evening.
The Eagles, who picked up three individual victories, dropped to 3-2 on the season with the loss, while the Sooners improved to 4-4.
American started the match with a win, as 18th-ranked David Terao earned a 7-4 victory at 125 pounds. Younger brother Josh Terao added another victory for the Eagles at 133 pounds, racking up a 10-1 major decision that included over four and a half minutes of riding time, as AU took a 7-0 lead in the team scoring.
Oklahoma picked up its first win at 141 pounds, earning a decision, while taking the lead with a fall at 149 pounds. Meanwhile, the 157-pound bout featured a rematch between the Eagles' John Boyle and 13th-ranked Justin DeAngelis of the Sooners.
Boyle earned a sudden victory decision over DeAngelis at last week's Aloha Open, but this time DeAngelis came away with the win, earning a close 3-2 decision, to put Oklahoma ahead 12-7.
The Sooners posted wins in the next two bouts, including a fall at 174 pounds, before 184-pounder Jason Grimes put the Eagles back on the scoreboard by pinning Brooks Climmons in a time of 1:21.
"I wrestled [Climmons] in Hawaii and only beat him 4-0," said Grimes after the match. "I was expecting the match to go a little bit longer, but I knew if I pushed the pace and I took it to him, and didn't let him bring the match to me, I would end up on top."
Unfortunately, Grimes' victory was the last of the day for American, as Oklahoma scored a decision and a fall in the final two bouts to earn the 30-13 victory.
"We knew we were outgunned in a couple of weights, but Jason Grimes stepped up really big today," said American head coach Teague Moore. "He won [against Climmons] match in Hawaii, which was the first time he'd ever beaten that competitor. Those guys wrestled a lot growing up, and now Jason finds the fall.
"You get the Teraos doing what they're supposed to be doing, and Jason comes through big for us. We just need a couple of other guys to turn their matches around for us to get some good results. It's dual season and unfortunately we come out the loser tonight, but there's some things we can get better at because of this dual."
The Eagles are back in action on Sunday, as they host VMI and EIWA opponent Harvard in a tripleheader starting at 11 a.m. The Keydets and Crimson will face each other in the opening dual, while American takes on VMI at 1 p.m. and Harvard at 3 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $9 for adults and $6 for youth under 13. There is also a special group ticket rate of $3 for groups or teams of 10 or more. One admission gets fans into all three duals. Tickets can be purchased by calling (202) 885-TIXX or at the door on Sunday.
"On Sunday, VMI and Harvard will give us a chance to get our feet back underneath us," said Moore. "We've got to get back to work, we've got to do what we're capable of doing, and we've got to be consistent with that."
Oklahoma 30, American 13
125: No. 18 David Terao (AU) dec. Ryan Millhof, 7-4
133: Josh Terao (AU) maj. dec. Sean Williams, 10-1
141: Trae Blackwell (OU) dec. Michael Sprague, 7-5
149: Shayne Tucker (OU) fall Tom Page, 3:32
157: No. 13 Justin DeAngelis (OU) dec. John Boyle, 3-2
165: Clark Glass (OU) dec. Brad Mutchnik, 8-2
174: Matt Reed (OU) fall Nick Carey, 0:25
184: Jason Grimes (AU) fall Brooks Climmons, 1:21
197: Andrew Dixon (OU) dec. Brett Dempsey, 7-3
HWT: No. 12 Ross Larson (OU) fall Scot Augustine, 0:44