WASHINGTON – Winning seven of eight contested bouts, the American University wrestling team picked up a 41-10 victory over Davidson in a non-conference dual on Monday afternoon at Bender Arena.
Davidson took the early 6-0 lead with an American forfeit at 125 pounds, but the score was neutralized with a Wildcat forfeit at 133. The action finally began at 141, where redshirt senior Tyler Scotton was dominant, winning with an 18-2 technical fall, to put American ahead in the team scoring.
Junior Tom Page and senior captain John Boyle each increased the Eagles' lead with major decisions at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Page racked up nearly five minutes of riding time against his opponent to earn the 11-1 win. Boyle, ranked 11th in the nation, scored a takedown with five seconds remaining in regulation to secure the major decision and added a four-point near fall to pick up a 14-2 win.
At 165 pounds, redshirt senior Mitchell Wightman scored AU's first fall of the day, pinning his opponent in 46 seconds. The Eagles scored another victory at 174 pounds, as junior Jason Grimes rolled to a 16-2 major decision to clinch American's team victory.
AU dropped its lone contested bout at 184 pounds, as Davidson's Konner Pritchard scored an 8-0 major decision. However, the Eagles finished strong, recording back-to-back first-period falls to close out the match.
Sophomore Jeric Kasunic, ranked 19th in the nation at 197 pounds, scored the fastest fall of the day, pinning his opponent in 39 seconds, while freshman heavyweight Jake Scanlan recorded a fall with 25 seconds remaining in the first period.
"I think the one thing we've been preaching in the room is taking advantage of every opportunity when they step on the mat, and today, that really shined through," said American head coach Teague Moore.
After taking a short break for the holidays, American returns to action Dec. 29-30 for the annual Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern.
American 41, Davidson 10
125: Zamir Ode (DC) win by forfeit
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU) win by forfeit
141: Tyler Scotton (AU) tech fall Billy McClelland, 18-2 (3:51)
149: Tom Page (AU) maj. dec. Aidan Conroy, 11-1
157: No. 11 John Boyle (AU) maj. dec. Tony Palumbo, 14-2
165: Mitchell Wightman (AU) fall Tien Hunter, 0:46
174: Jason Grimes (AU) maj. dec. Nathaniel Powers, 16-2
184: Konner Pritchard (DC) maj. dec. Joe Salvi, 8-0
197: Jeric Kasunic (AU) fall Ryan Devlin, 0:39
HWT: Jake Scanlan (AU) fall Will Cooley, 2:35