WASHINGTON – The American wrestling team wrapped up a weekend of EIWA competition with a 20-15 win over conference foe Binghamton Sunday afternoon in Bender Arena.
With the victory, the Eagles improved to 7-10 overall and 2-5 in the EIWA, while the Bearcats dropped to 6-10 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
While Binghamton got on the board with a decision at 141 pounds, the Eagles won the next two bouts—a 9-1 major decision by Tom Page at 149 pounds and a 7-3 decision by John Boyle at 157 pounds—to take a 14-3 lead into the intermission.
The Bearcats scored back-to-back major decisions at 165 and 174 pounds, but freshman Jeric Kasunic picked up a 1-0 decision at 184 pounds to push the Eagles' lead to 17-11 with two bouts remaining.
Looking for a win to secure American's team victory, sophomore Brett Dempsey took the mat for the Eagles at 197 pounds. After scrambling to a 4-3 lead after two periods, Dempsey put together a strong third period, scoring a crucial takedown and riding out his opponent for a 7-4 victory, guaranteeing a win for AU.
"It felt really good [to clinch the team win]," said Dempsey. "I just wanted to clinch it for my teammates. A couple weeks ago, it came down to me against Drexel and I couldn't come up with the win. I'm just really glad I got to turn it around today."
While the Eagles dropped a hard-fought heavyweight match by major decision, AU was able to capture the 20-15 team win, snapping a five-match losing streak versus EIWA competition.
"The biggest takeaway for the whole team is that we wrestled in all 10 bouts," said American head coach Teague Moore. "After last night, the message was 'Everyone's got to show up today and everyone's got to battle for seven minutes' and we did.
"I thought our guys wrestled extremely hard and we came away with a victory because of it."
The Eagles are back in action next Sunday, Feb. 15, when they visit second-ranked Missouri in the regionals of the NWCA National Duals.
American 20, Binghamton 15
125: No. 16 David Terao (AU) dec. David White, 11-5
133: Josh Terao (AU) maj. dec. Joe Nelson, 16-2
141: Dylan Carauna (BU) dec. Michael Sprague, 6-3
149: Tom Page (AU) maj. dec. Nick Tighe, 9-1
157: John Boyle (AU) dec. Vincent DePrez, 7-3
165: Zack Zupan (BU) maj. dec. Brad Mutchnik, 11-2
174: Steve Schneider (BU) maj. dec. Nick Carey, 12-4
184: Jeric Kasunic (AU) dec. Jack McKeever, 1-0
197: Brett Dempsey (AU) dec. Caleb Wallace, 7-4
HWT: Tyler Deuel (BU) maj. dec. Chris McDermand, 9-0