DURHAM, N.C. – The American University wrestling team got out to a rough start during its full weekend of action in the Tar Heel State, falling to EIWA foe Drexel, 19-18, and Duke, 30-9, on Saturday afternoon.
Drexel began the match with a decision in the heavyweight bout, while American took the lead with a forfeit victory at 125 pounds. The Dragons tied the dual as 16th-ranked Kevin Devoy pulled out a 3-1 decision at 133 pounds, before taking a 12-6 lead with a fall at 141 pounds.
American (5-8, 1-4 EIWA) tied the team score once more with back-to-back decisions by sophomore Tom Page and junior John Boyle at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. However, the Dragons regained the lead with a pair of decisions in the next two bouts.
Freshman Jeric Kasunic scored an 8-2 decision for the Eagles at 184 pounds to bring AU within three points with just one bout remaining. American earned the final victory, a 10-5 decision by sophomore Brett Dempsey at 197, to tie the team score at 18-18. However, Drexel was awarded the victory on criteria, as the Dragons won the third tiebreaker, edging out the Eagles on points scored in decisions, 34-33.
Against Duke, the Eagles dropped a decision in the heavyweight bout, but were able to take the lead at 125, as Terao scored a first-period fall. The Blue Devils won the next two bouts by decision, before a decision by Page tied the team score at 9-9.
Unfortunately, it was the last AU win for the afternoon, as Duke rattled off five straight individual victories to capture the team win.
The Eagles wrap up their busy weekend tomorrow with a pair of duals at Davidson College. American will face Gardner-Webb at 2:30 p.m., followed by a match against the host Wildcats at 4 p.m.
Drexel 19, American 18
HWT: Joey Goodhart (DU) dec. Chris McDermand, 2-0
125: No. 16 David Terao (AU) win by forfeit
133: No. 16 Kevin Devoy (DU) dec. Josh Terao, 3-1
141: David Pearce (DU) fall Michael Sprague, 4:43
149: Tom Page (AU) dec. Matthew Cimato, 7-4
157: John Boyle (AU) dec. Noel Blanco, 3-2
165: Nick Elmer (DU) dec. Brad Mutchnik, 10-3
174: Stephen Loiseau (DU) dec. Nick Carey, 6-1
184: Jeric Kasunic (AU) dec. Alex DeCiantis, 8-2
197: Brett Dempsey (AU) dec. Brandon Litten, 10-5
*Drexel wins on criteria
Duke 30, American 9
HWT: Brendan Walsh (DU) dec. Chris McDermand, 3-1
125: No. 16 David Terao (AU) fall Thayer Atkins, 2:24
133: Mitch Finesilver (DU) dec. Josh Terao, 6-3
141: Brandon Gambucci (DU) dec. Michael Sprague, 10-4
149: Tom Page (AU) dec. Marcus Cain, 5-0
157: Immanuel Kerr-Brown (DU) dec. John Boyle, 3-2
165: Brian Dorsey (DU) dec. Brad Mutchnik, 5-0
174: Trey Adamson (DU) fall Nick Carey, 0:25
184: Jacob Kasper (DU) dec. Jeric Kasunic, 2-0
197: No. 7 Conner Hartmann (DU) fall Brett Dempsey, 2:30