DAVIDSON, N.C. – Concluding a busy weekend of action, the American University wrestling split a pair of non-conference road duals on Sunday, dropping a narrow 19-18 decision to Gardner-Webb, while routing host Davidson, 42-6.
The Eagles (6-9) had a tough battle against Gardner-Webb in the first match of the day, picking up five individual victories. After dropping a sudden victory decision at 133 pounds to start the dual, American took the lead with a major decision by freshman Michael Sprague at 141 pounds.
The two teams traded decisions in the next two bouts, with junior captain John Boyle picking up the 10-5 win at 157 pounds to give AU a 7-6 lead. However, the Bulldogs scored technical falls in the next two matches to gain a 16-7 advantage.
Gardner-Webb then scored a decision in the heavyweight bout to push its lead to five points heading into the final bout. While junior David Terao, ranked 16th in the nation at 125 pounds, came through with a major decision for the Eagles, it was not enough for AU to take the team victory.
In the second dual of the day, American was dominant against Davidson, winning eight of nine contested bouts. In addition to a forfeit victory by Terao, the Eagles received big wins from sophomore Tom Page, Boyle and Kasunic, who all recorded first-period falls. Sprague scored a technical fall, Dempsey registered a major decision and Josh Terao (133), Brad Mutchnik (165) and Chris McDermand (HWT) all picked up decisions for American.
The Eagles return home next weekend for a pair of EIWA duals, hosting Bucknell at Saturday at 7 p.m., and Binghamton on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Gardner-Webb 19, American 18
133: Tyler Ziegler (GW) dec. Josh Terao, 4-2 (SV1)
141: Michael Sprague (AU) maj. dec. Ryan Hull, 14-3
149: Ryan Mosley (GW) dec. Tom Page, 5-1
157: John Boyle (AU) dec. Tyler Marinelli, 10-5
165: Austin Trott (GW) tech fall Brad Mutchnik, 17-0
174: Brett Stein (GW) tech fall Nick Carey, 24-8
184: Jeric Kasunic (AU) dec. Gray Jones, 8-1
197: Brett Dempsey (AU) maj. dec. Boyce Cornwell, 12-4
HWT: Justin Kozera (GW) dec. Chris McDermand, 3-0
125: No. 16 David Terao (AU) maj. dec. Cortez Starkes, 16-3
American 42, Davidson 6
125: No. 16 David Terao (AU) win by forfeit
133: Josh Terao (AU) dec. Anthony Elias, 9-5
141: Michael Sprague (AU) tech fall Dustin Runzo, 18-3
149: Tom Page (AU) fall James McCord, 1:48
157: John Boyle (AU) fall Alex Palinski, 2:04
165: Brad Mutchnik (AU) dec. Patrick Devlin, 7-4
174: Nathaniel Powers (DC) fall Nick Carey, 1:42
184: Jeric Kasunic (AU) fall Konner Pritchard, 2:45
197: Brett Dempsey (AU) maj. dec. Ian Solcz, 16-4
HWT: Chris McDermand (AU) dec. Will Cooley, 3-1