WASHINGTON – The American University wrestling team fell to Duke and Columbia in dual action on Sunday at Bender Arena, dropping a 23-13 decision to the Blue Devils before falling, 28-9, against the Lions.
The Eagles (4-5, 1-4 EIWA) opened the day with a non-conference dual versus Duke. American got out to the early lead, getting an 11-5 decision from eighth-ranked senior captain David Terao at 125 pounds. Redshirt junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera put more points on the board for American at 133 pounds, scoring a 9-1 major decision.
While the Blue Devils scored decisions in the next two bouts, the Eagles extended their lead with victories at 157 and 165 pounds. Senior John Boyle, ranked 11th in the nation at 157, held on for a 6-4 decision, while redshirt senior Mitchell Wightman battled to a 7-3 victory over 18th-ranked Jake Faust at 165.
Duke pulled ahead to take a one-point lead with a technical fall at 174 and a decision at 184. Meanwhile, an injury default for the Eagles at 197 pounds clinched the team victory for the Blue Devils, who went on to win the heavyweight bout in the second set of tiebreakers.
Against EIWA foe Columbia, American got out to a fast start with a dominant win by Terao. Scoring a takedown just seconds into the bout, Terao went on to record a fall in one minute.
After a tough loss at 133 pounds, American got back on the scoreboard with a 9-5 decision by redshirt senior Tyler Scotton at 141 pounds. Unfortunately, it proved to be AU's last win of the dual, as the Eagles dropped seven straight bouts, including a pair of 3-2 decisions at 157 and 165 pounds.
"There were individual things we saw today that were very good," said American head coach Teague Moore. "Our upper weights still need to make some major improvements.
"At the end of the day, we need to make sure we're working as individuals and building as individuals. We have several guys that are battling hard and not giving anything away—that's what we have to build on right now."
The Eagles are back in action next weekend for a pair of EIWA duals, visiting Binghamton (Feb. 5) and Lehigh (Feb. 6).
"We're starting to hit EIWA duals, so a lot of these individual matchups are going to play into seeding at the EIWA Championships, and potentially at NCAAs," said Moore. "We are not happy with these team results, but we have to continue progressing forward with our individuals."
"There are some key things we can build off of, and we have to stay focused on that. We can't focus on negative things right now."
Duke 23, American 13
125: No. 8 David Terao (AU) dec. Thayer Atkins, 11-5
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU) maj. dec. Brandon Leynaud, 9-1
141: Zach Finesilver (DU) dec. Tyler Scotton, 5-1
149: No. 12 Mitch Finesilver (DU) dec. Cole Moseley, 5-1
157: No. 11 John Boyle (AU) dec. Connor Bass, 6-4
165: Mitchell Wightman (AU) dec. No. 18 Jake Faust, 7-3
174: Brian Dorsey (DU) tech fall Michael Eckhart, 16-1 (7:00)
184: Trey Adamson (DU) dec. Jason Grimes, 8-4
197: No. 5 Conner Hartmann (DU) inj. def. Jeric Kasunic, 0:52
HWT: Brendan Walsh (DU) dec. Jake Scanlan, 4-3 (TB2)
Columbia 28, American 9
125: No. 8 David Terao (AU) fall Britain Carter, 1:00
133: Angelo Amenta (CU) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera, 6-2
141: Tyler Scotton (AU) dec. Will Kui, 9-5
149: Dan Reed (CU) dec. Cole Moseley, 6-1
157: Markus Scheidel (CU) dec. No. 11 John Boyle, 3-2
165: Tyrel White (CU) dec. Mitchell Wightman, 3-2
174: Zack Hernandez (CU) dec. Michael Eckhart, 5-0
184: Mike Fetchet (CU) dec. Jason Grimes, 7-3
197: Troy Hembury (CU) maj. dec. Joe Salvi, 13-0
HWT: Garrett Ryan (CU) fall Jake Scanlan, 1:34