BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Fifth-year senior Brett Dempsey defeated a pair of nationally ranked heavyweights and was among five Eagles who each won two bouts, as American University split a pair of duals to pen the 2017-18 wrestling season.
American beat Campbell, 22-10, in its afternoon match, winning the first six bouts and finishing with an overtime victory at 184 by redshirt freshman Prince Hyeamang.
AU also opened its morning dual with Eastern Michigan with four straight wins, but EMU rallied for a 22-16 triumph.
"I'm very proud of the team's resilience, considering the late disappointment in the Eastern Michigan match," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "For a young team, we rebounded and showed maturity against Campbell.
"Brett had an outstanding day at heavyweight, and his hard work is now paying off with very good wins. Our other double-winners also turned in very solid performances. I'm as happy as a coach can be with a 1-1 record."
Kasunic, ranked 17th nationally, opened the Campbell dual with a major decision at 197 pounds. Dempsey then edged 11th-ranked Camel heavyweight Jere Heino, 6-5.
Decisions by Curry, 13th-ranked Terao, Kizhan Clarke and Sprague gave the Eagles a 19-0 lead over Campbell. Hyeamang ended the match by recovering from an 8-4 deficit to win, 12-10, in the first sudden-victory period.
Against Eastern Michigan, a win by Kasunic was followed by another big victory by Dempsey, who edged 19th-ranked Gage Hutchinson, 6-4.
A major decision by Curry and a win by Terao put AU up 13-0, and the lead was still 16-3 after Sprague's decision at 149. Eastern swept the final four bouts, getting three pins and a major decision to win the dual.
The Camels beat Eastern Michigan, 24-10, in the day's other matchup.
American travels to the Journeymen Round Robin Duals next Sunday in Troy, N.Y.
AMERICAN 22, CAMPBELL 10
197 – No. 17 Jeric Kasunic (AU) major dec. Austin McNeil (Camp), 10-2 4-0
285 – Brett Dempsey (AU) dec. No. 11 Jere Heino (Camp), 6-5 7-0
125 – Gage Curry (AU) dec. Korbin Meink (Camp), 3-2 10-0
133 – No. 13 Josh Terao (AU) dec. Nathan Boston (Camp), 4-3 13-0
141 – Kizhan Clarke (AU) dec. Jonathan Ryan (Camp), 12-5 16-0
149 – Michael Sprague (AU) dec. Benjamin Barton (Camp), 5-2 19-0
157 – Austin Kraisser (Camp) dec. Anthony Wokasch (AU), 5-2 19-3
165 – Quentin Perez (Camp) major dec. Colin Shannon (AU), 13-2 19-7
174 – Andrew Morgan (Camp) dec. Connor Allshouse (AU), 11-10 19-10
184 – Prince Hyeamang (AU) dec. Luke Funck (Camp), 12-10 (SV-1) 22-10
EASTERN MICHIGAN 22, AMERICAN 16
197 – No. 17 Jeric Kasunic (AU) dec. Derek Hillman (EMU), 8-1 3-0
285 - Brett Dempsey (AU) dec. No. 19 Gage Hutchinson (EMU), 6-4 6-0
125 - Gage Curry (AU) major dec. Tomas Gutierrez (EMU), 14-5 10-0
133 – No. 13 Josh Terao (AU) dec. Noah Gonser (EMU), 6-1 13-0
141 - Sa'Derian Perry (EMU) dec. Kizhan Clarke (AU), 3-2 13-3
149 - Michael Sprague (AU) dec. Kyle Springer (EMU), 8-6 16-3
157 - J.J. Wolfe (EMU) dec. Anthony Wokasch (AU), 11-5 16-6
165 - Zac Carson (EMU) pinned Colin Shannon (AU), 4:13 16-12
174 - Andrew McNally (EMU) pinned Conner Allshouse (AU), 4:15 16-18
184 - Kayne MacCallum (EMU) major dec. Prince Hyeamang (AU), 13-1 16-22