Wrestling Closes Regular Season with Dominating Win Over Ohio

Wrestling Closes Regular Season with Dominating Win Over Ohio

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. 

"What a tremendous team performance," Head Coach Teague Moore said. "I cannot say enough about our effort today!  Josh Terao, Esteban Gomez-Rivera, Jack Mutchnik, Michael Sprague, Tom Page, Michael Eckhart, Cole Moseley, Jason Grimes, Jeric Kasunic and Brett Dempsey just put on the best dual meet I've ever been a part of."

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.
A pair of decisions from Page and Eckhart, 9-2 and 4-0, respectively, continued to stretch American's lead to 15-0 before an 8-3 decision over Moseley by Ohio's Arsen Arshughyan gave the Bobcats their only three points of the day.  

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.

"We won all the little battles because of effort and attitude.  Ohio is a very good team.  In preparation for today, we discussed what finishing periods would do, and we did that this afternoon," Teague said. "The seniors closed out their AU campaigns with some great wins.  I'm so happy for these young men and how they have embodied the AU Wrestling spirit."

The Eagles will now take a week break before heading to Lewisburg, Pa., for the EIWA Championships on March 3-4. 

For the latest on AU Wrestling, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Wrestling.

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)