WASHINGTON – The American University wrestling team was unable to counter a mid-match surge by Binghamton Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, as the Eagles fell to the Bearcats with a 25-11 final tally.
AU is now 3-8 for the season, 0-7 in EIWA duals, while Binghamton rises to 8-5 overall and 8-2 in conference matchups.
Junior Jeric Kasunic got the scoring going for the Eagle, tallying an early two-point lead over Binghamton's Mark Tracy before a third period takedown secured him the 6-0 decision. Kasunic now holds a 7-3 dual record for the season, and 17-7 overall.
Sophomore Josh Terao gave the Eagles their only lead of the day, tallying five points after a tech. fall against Steve Bulzomi to bring the team score up to 8 to Binghamton's 6. This was Terao's sixth tech. fall of the season, and he now builds his record up to 21-4 overall and 9-1 in duals.
Senior Tom Page was the last Eagle to contribute to AU's final tally, taking a 5-2 decision over Tristan Rifanburg to even out his dual record at 2-2, and 11-8 for the season.
The Eagles will continue their three-match homestand on Sunday, Feb. 12 with a noon start against Old Dominion. The team will host one final match on Friday, Feb. 17, with a 7 p.m. start against George Mason before closing the regular season at Ohio on Feb. 19.
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184: #15 Steven Schneider (Binghamton) dec. Jason Grimes (AU), 4-1
197: Jeric Kasunic (AU) dec. Mark Tracy (Binghamton), 6-0
HWT: Connor Calkins (Binghamton) dec. Brett Dempsey (AU), 3-2
125: Josh Terao (AU) tech. fall Steve Bulzomi (Binghamton), 16-0 (5:18)
133: Audey Ashkar (Binghamton) dec. Angelo Barberio (AU), 10-4
141: Dylan Caruana (Binghamton) fall Jack Mutchnik (AU), 2:44
149: Parker Kropman (Binghamton) dec. Michael Sprague (AU), 3-2
157: Tom Page (AU) dec. Tristan Rifanburg (Binghamton), 5-2
165: Jake Einbinder (Binghamton) dec. Michael Eckhart (AU), 8-2
174: Anthony Lombardo (Binghamton) maj. dec. Joe Salvi, 13-0