Bucknell Edges Eagles in EIWA Dual

Bucknell Edges Eagles in EIWA Dual

WASHINGTON – Back-to-back wins by John Boyle and Mitchell Wightman gave American University a lead in the middle of the match, but Bucknell took three of the last four bouts to earn a 24-16 victory over the Eagles in an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association dual match on Saturday.

The Bison improved to 8-5 overall and 4-2 in the EIAW, while the Eagles fell to 4-8 and 1-6.
 
"We had much better fight today than we've had in past performances," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "Having Jeric Kasunic and Tom Page back in the lineup brought everybody some energy.
 
"All-in-all, I thought there was a lot of fight in them, and it showed in the matches that went a full seven minutes. Energy was big today, I thought we wrestled well."
 
Boyle, ranked 14th nationally, got a 4-1 win in the 157-pound bout and Wightman followed with a 15-6 major decision at 165. The victories gave AU a 13-12 lead in the team scoring.
 
Bucknell's Rustin Barrick, ranked 20th, followed with an 8-5 win at 174 and Tom Sleigh used a riding-time point for a 5-4 win over Jason Grimes at 184 to put the Bison back ahead, 18-13.
 
Kasunic was a late addition to the AU lineup after sitting out some time with injury and earned a 4-0 victory at 197 to pull the Eagles within two.
 
But eighth-ranked Joe Stolfi wore down Jake Scanlan in the third period to earn a fall with just four seconds left to capture the heavyweight pairing.
 
AU got a forfeit win by David Terao at 125, but Bucknell tied the match when Grim Gonzalez earned a fall at 1:16 of the 133-pound bout.
 
The Bison got wins at 141 (Tyler Smith 7-3 over Tyler Scotton) and at 149 (Victor Lopez 5-2 over Tom Page) to take a 12-6 lead in the match.
 
American travels to Old Dominion on Sunday for a 2 p.m. dual match.
 

Bucknell 24, American 16

125 - David Terao (AU) won by forfeit.
133 - Grim Gonzalez (Buck) pinned James Giaccia, 1:16
141 - Tyler Smith (Buck) dec. over Tyler Scotton, 7-3
149 - Victor Lopez (Buck) dec. over Tom Page, 5-2
157 - John Boyle (AU) dec. over Zach Kelly, 4-1
165 - Mitchell Wightman (AU) major dec. over Robert Schlitt, 15-6
174 - Rustin Barrick (Buck) dec. over Michael Eckhart, 8-5
184 - Tom Sleigh (Buck) dec. over Jason Grimes, 5-4
197 - Jeric Kasunic (AU) dec. over Tyler Greene, 4-0
HWT - Joe Stolfi (Buck) pinned Jake Scanlan, 6:56