PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The American University wrestling team took on back-to-back duals on Sunday, Jan. 29, as the team traveled to Philadelphia to face fellow-EIWA foes, Pennsylvania and Drexel. Despite a pair of wins from both sophomore Josh Terao and senior Esteban Gomez-Rivera, the Eagles fell to the Quakers, 21-14, and the Dragons, 26-15.
"These were two tough, hard-fought losses today, but we came away with some big win, including one for Esteban Gomez-Rivera against the No. 11 nationally ranked Kevin Devoy from Drexel," Head Coach Teague Moore said. "Esteban is a captain, and it showed today. He led the team by example, and we're happy to see him get that win. Captains Brett Dempsey and Tom Page also led the team well, putting up good battles against some tough opponents. This is something our team needed to see today, and we can use this to build positively moving forward."
American started the day at Pennsylvania, where Terao and Gomez-Rivera notched their first wins of the day. It was junior Brett Dempsey, though, who got the scoring going for the Eagles, beating out Penn's Tyler Hall with a 12-2 major decision.
No. 15 Terao followed with another three points for the Eagles, holding Penn's Jeremy Schwartz to a scoreless match with a 6-0 decision.
Gomez-Rivera kept the scoring going for the Eagles, as he clinched another four points with an 18-6 major decision over Tristin DeVincenzo.
Sophomore Jack Mutchnik closed out the scoring for AU after a pair of late points in the third period gave him the 2-1 advantage over AJ Vindici.
Terao returned to clinch another decision over Drexel's Tanner Shoap, closing the bout with a 9-2 advantage. Gomez-Rivera also took down his second decision of the night, recording a huge win over No. 11 Kevin Devoy, 2-1.
Junior Jeric Kasunic also highlighted the matches, recording a fall against Drexel's Joshua Murphy at the 2:37 mark.
The Eagles will return to the mat on Feb. 3 with a trip to Bucknell. For the latest on AU Wrestling, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Wrestling.
AMERICAN 14, PENN 21
125: #15 Josh Terao (AMER) over Jeremy Schwartz (PENN) (Dec 6-0)
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AMER) over Tristin DeVincenzo (PENN) (MD 18-6)
141: Jack Mutchnik (AMER) over AJ Vindici (PENN) (Dec 2-1)
149: Joe Oliva (PENN) over Michael Sprague (AMER) (Dec 11-7)
157: May Bethea (PENN) over Tom Page (AMER) (Dec 9-4)
165: Joseph Velliquette (PENN) over Michael Eckhart (AMER) (MD 10-2)
174: #13 Casey Kent (PENN) over Joe Salvi (AMER) (TF 18-0 4:56)
184: Joe Heyob (PENN) over Jason Grimes (AMER) (Dec 7-4)
197: #15 Frank Mattiace (PENN) over Jeric Kasunic (AMER) (Dec 5-1)
285: Brett Dempsey (AMER) over Tyler Hall (PENN) (MD 12-2)
AMERICAN 15, DREXEL 26
125: Josh Terao (AMER) over Tanner Shoap (DREX) (Dec 9-2)
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AMER) over #11 Kevin Devoy (DREX) (Dec 2-1)
141: David Pearce (DREX) over Jack Mutchnik (AMER) (Fall 9:00)
149: #17 Matthew Cimato (DREX) over Michael Sprague (AMER) (Dec 9-4)
157: Tom Page (AMER) over William Davis (DREX) (Dec 9-4)
165: Austin Rose (DREX) over Michael Eckhart (AMER) (MD 12-4)
174: Ebed Jarrell (DREX) over Joe Salvi (AMER) (MD 14-4)
184: Alexander DeCiantis (DREX) over Jason Grimes (AMER) (Fall 1:47)
197: Jeric Kasunic (AMER) over Joshua Murphy (DREX) (Fall 2:37)
285: #19 Joseph Goodhart (DREX) over Brett Dempsey (AMER) (TB-1 3-2)