ATHENS, Ohio – The American University wrestling team tallied a dominating 38-3 victory over Ohio on Sunday, Feb. 19, to close the regular season portion of its 2016-17 campaign.
The Eagles now rise to 6-8 in dual meet competitions this season, while the Bobcats fall to 7-8 overall.
Sophomore Jack Mutchnik opened up the competition with his second-consecutive sudden-death victory, pushing Ohio's Kevon Powell into overtime after tying the bout with a pair of escapes in the first and second periods. A takedown from Mutchnik within the first 20 seconds of overtime gave him the final edge as he took the bout with a 4-2 decision.
Sprague continued building American's lead in the second match of the day, scoring a second-period takedown (3:43) against Kyle Kaminski to bring the Eagles up to a 6-0 lead.
Grimes clinched a sudden victory over Ohio's Dontae McGee, coming back from an early 4-2 deficit to score a third-period takedown and final-minute escape to push the match into overtime. Grimes registered another takedown 20-seconds into the extra period to clinch the 8-6 win.
Kasunic and Terao each held their competitors to scoreless bouts, resisting major decisions by 11-0 and 13-0 final scores, respectively
Dempsey and Gomez-Rivera secured a pair of falls to close out the scoring for the Eagles, with Dempsey notching his at the 2:38 mark and Gomez-Rivera claiming his after 5:16 of competition.
The Eagles will now take a week break before heading to Lewisburg, Pa., for the EIWA Championships on March 3-4.
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American 38, Ohio 3
141: Jack Mutchnik (American) over Kevon Powell (Ohio) (SV-1, 4-2)
149: Michael Sprague (American) over Kyle Kaminski (Ohio) (Fall 3:43)
157: Tom Page (American) over Zach Wilson (Ohio) (Dec 9-2)
165: Michael Eckhart (American) over Austin Reese (Dec (4-0)
174: Arsen Ashughyan (Ohio) over Cole Moseley (American) (Dec 8-3)
184: Jason Grimes (American) over Dontae McGee (Ohio) (SV-1 8-6)
197: Jeric Kasunic (American) over Nate Hall (Ohio) (MD 11-0)
285: Brett Dempsey (American) over Devin King (Ohio) (Fall 2:38)
125: Josh Terao (American) over Shakur Laney (Ohio) (MD 13-0)
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (American) over Cameron Kelly (Ohio) (Fall 5:16)