Sunday, Jan. 31 – 9 a.m. – Bender Arena
Duke (2-5, 0-2 ACC) vs. Columbia (7-3, 5-1 EIWA)
11 a.m. – Bender Arena
Duke at American (4-3, 1-2 EIWA)
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1 p.m. – Bender Arena
Columbia at American
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WASHINGTON – The American University wrestling team returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 31, when it hosts a pair of duals in Bender Arena. The Eagles face Duke in non-conference action at 11 a.m., before taking on Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association foe Columbia at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, Duke and Columbia face off in the first dual of the day, scheduled for 9 a.m.
American enters Sunday's duals with a 4-3 overall dual record and 1-2 mark in the EIWA. The Eagles are coming off a pair of close conference losses, falling to Navy (21-17) and Drexel (21-16) two weeks ago.
The Eagles are led by senior captains David Terao and John Boyle, who are both listed in the latest InterMat rankings. Terao, ranked eighth at 125 pounds, owns a 15-2 overall record and 6-0 mark in dual competition. Boyle, ranked 11th at 157 pounds, leads the team in total victories with a 19-5 overall record.
Terao and Boyle are also listed in the top 10 of the initial NCAA coaches' panel rankings, rated eighth and ninth, respectively. Joining the duo in the first coaches' panel rankings of the season are redshirt senior Mitchell Wightman (24th, 165), redshirt junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera (T30th, 133) and sophomore Jeric Kasunic (T31st, 197).
Duke enters the weekend with a 2-5 overall record on the season. The Blue Devils last competed Jan. 16-17, splitting a pair of road duals versus Stanford and Cal Poly. Duke dropped a 27-15 contest to the 16th-ranked Cardinal, while defeating the Mustangs, 28-18.
The Blue Devils have three wrestlers listed in the latest InterMat rankings, led by redshirt senior Connor Hartmann, who is rated fifth at 197 pounds with a 16-1 overall record and 7-0 mark in dual competition. Sophomore Mitch Finesilver is ranked 12th at 149 pounds, while redshirt sophomore Jake Faust is ranked 18th at 165 pounds.
Meanwhile, Columbia owns a 7-3 overall record and 5-1 mark against EIWA competition. The Lions are coming off a 22-14 loss to conference foe Harvard on Friday evening.
Junior Markus Scheidel leads Columbia with a 28-7 overall record at 157 pounds, while seniors Angelo Amenta (133) and Zack Hernandez (174) have each posted 18 victories for the Lions this season.