In a pair of EIWA duals at Columbia University, the American University wrestling team came up short in both matches, falling to the host Lions, 23-16, and Hofstra, 26-14. With the losses, the Eagles fell to 5-6 overall and 1-3 against EIWA opponents.
Against Columbia, AU got out to a strong start, winning three of the first four bouts. Junior David Terao, ranked 16th nationally at 125 pounds, began the match with a decision, while Michael Sprague and Tom Page added a major decision and a decision at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. However, the Lions posted three straight wins, including a technical fall and a fall, to take a 17-10 advantage.
The Eagles got back on the scoreboard at 184 pounds, as freshman Jeric Kasunic, moving into the starting lineup, registered a fall to bring AU within a point. However, Columbia closed out the dual with a pair of decisions to take the win.
In its dual versus Hofstra, American once more gained an early advantage with a decision by Terao. The Pride took over the lead with wins in the next three bouts, before junior captain John Boyle earned a decision for AU at 157 pounds.
After back-to-back losses in the next two bouts, American earned a pair of victories with major decisions by Kasunic and Brett Dempsey (197) to cut the margin to six points. Hofstra was able to secure the team victory with a fall in the heavyweight bout.
"Today we came up short as a team," said American head coach Teague Moore. "We gave up the little things way too often.
"Jeric Kasunic came into the lineup with a bang. He had two great wins, including a fall against a very tough Columbia opponent."
The Eagles are back in action next weekend, as they head to North Carolina for four duals. American faces Drexel and Duke in Durham on Saturday, while taking on Gardner-Webb and Davidson in Davidson on Sunday.
Columbia 23, American 16
125: No. 16 David Terao (AU) dec. Johnson Mai, 7-4
133: Angelo Amenta (CU) dec. Josh Terao, 7-6
141: Michael Sprague (AU) maj. dec. Chris Araoz, 11-2
149: Tom Page (AU) dec. Connor Sutton, 4-3
157: Markus Scheidel (CU) dec. John Boyle, 4-3
165: Tyrel White (CU) tech fall Brad Mutchnik, 16-1
174: Shane Hughes (CU) fall Nick Carey, 2:16
184: Jeric Kasunic (AU) fall Zack Hernandez, 3:23
197: Matt Idelson (CU) dec. Brett Dempsey, 6-2
HWT: Garrett Ryan (CU) dec. Chris McDermand, 8-1
Hofstra 26, American 14
125: No. 16 David Terao (AU) dec. Bryan Damon, 5-3
133: Travis Passaro (HU) dec. Josh Terao, 3-1
141: No. 19 Jamel Hudson (HU) dec. Michael Sprague, 8-3
149: No. 16 Cody Ruggirello (HU) fall Tom Page, 1:48
157: John Boyle (AU) dec. Jahlani Callender, 3-2
165: Nick Terdick (HU) dec. Brad Mutchnik, 3-1
174: Frank Affronti (HU) tech fall Nick Carey, 15-0
184: Jeric Kasunic (AU) maj. dec. Jay Lysne, 10-0
197: Brett Dempsey (AU) maj. dec. Michael Oxley, 12-2
HWT: Michael Hughes (HU) fall Chris McDermand, 4:07