BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Winning seven of 10 bouts, the American University wrestling team started its 2015-16 season with a 27-11 dual victory over Campbell on Saturday afternoon.
"Today we stepped on the mat as a team for the first time in 2015-16," said American head coach Teague Moore. "It was a mixed bag of good, bad and ugly, but most notable was the effort given by everyone.
"We fought in all 10 bouts and that led to a team victory."
The match began at 157 pounds, where 17th-ranked senior captain John Boyle got the Eagles out to a strong start with a first-period pin. The Camels responded with a sudden victory win at 165 pounds to get on the board, but the Eagles extended their lead in the team scoring with a 6-3 decision by Jason Grimes at 174 pounds.
A major decision by Campbell at 184 pounds cut AU's lead to 9-7, but sophomore Jeric Kasunic was dominant in his bout at 197 pounds for the Eagles, scoring a 13-0 major decision.
Another major decision for the Camels in the heavyweight bout again cut American's advantage to two points, but the Eagles closed out the dual with four straight wins to pull away.
Senior captain David Terao, ranked eighth in the nation at 125 pounds, scored a 14-3 major decision in his first match of the season. Meanwhile, redshirt junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera earned the biggest upset of the dual for American, knocking off 17th-ranked Nathan Kraisser, 5-1, at 133 pounds.
Redshirt senior Tyler Scotton, in his first season wrestling for the Eagles, added an 11-5 decision at 141 pounds. Senior Michael Dahlstrom, a former Campbell wrestler, closed out the dual with a 13-3 major decision to give American the 27-11 victory.
"I'm very happy for Esteban," said Moore. "This was a top-20 win he deserved and has worked very hard for.
"John and David showed why they are captains, with dominant performances and senior poise."
The Eagles are back in action next Sunday, Nov. 22, when they head back to North Carolina for the Wolfpack Open, hosted by NC State.
American 27, Campbell 11
157: No. 17 John Boyle (AU) fall Grant Blumenthal, 2:24
165: Paul Duggan (CU) dec. Mitchell Wightman, 7-5 (SV1)
174: Jason Grimes (AU) dec. Matthew Olauson, 6-3
184: Ville Heino (CU) maj. dec. Joe Salvi, 17-5
197: Jeric Kasunic (AU) maj. dec. Austin McNeil, 13-0
HWT: Jere Heino (CU) maj. dec. Jake Scanlan, 14-1
125: No. 9 David Terao (AU) maj. dec. Tyler Walker, 14-3
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU) dec. No. 17 Nathan Kraisser, 5-1
141: Tyler Scotton (AU) dec. Zack Barker, 11-5
149: Michael Dahlstrom (AU) maj. dec. Quentin Perez, 13-3