Hong Wins Bracket at Journeymen Classic

Jeric Kasunic won his match at Campbell

TROY, N.Y. – Freshman Eric Hong made the most of his collegiate wrestling debut Sunday by going 3-0 to win his pool at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic held at the Hudson Valley Community College.

The event paired wrestlers together in round-robin pools based on their experience level and previous results. There were 18 Eagles who made the trip to compete in the tournament, which had four nationally ranked teams among the 14 in the field.

Junior Jack Mutchnik went 2-1 to finish third in the top pool at 141 pounds, and senior Jeric Kasunic also earned a third-place finish, going 2-1 in Pool A at 197 pounds.

Hong, wrestling in Pool B at 157 pounds, had a pair of first-period pins in early rounds. He pinned Jon Ross of Lock Haven in 2:43 and B.C. Laprade of Virginia Tech in 2:41 before winning the pool with a 4-1 victory over Kent Lane of Lehigh.

"Eric went 3-0 and wrestled very well," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "It was a good first college wrestling outing for Eric. We're happy for him  

"Unfortunately we dropped a number of tough matches today with the remainder of our squad. Our fight, and follow-through of specific techniques were not on today. We must be willing to make changes in our execution after today. We're a better team than what we showed today."

Abraham Correa-Medina also went 2-1 and placed second in Pool D at 184 pounds.

Bryce Dempsey (165), Prince Hyeamang (184) and Brett Dempsey (285) all had victories on their way to fourth-place finishes.

American will participate at the Navy Classic on Saturday.

AU results from the Journeymen Collegiate Classic:

125 – GAGE CURRY (6th in Pool A)
           Will Bardezbain (Kent State) dec. Curry, 12-9
            Kyle Norstrem (Virginia Tech) pinned Curry, 4:38
            Josiah Kline (Lock Haven) dec. Curry, 9-3

133 – JOSH TERAO (5th in Pool A)
            Scott Parker (Lehigh) dec. Terao, 6-4
            Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech) dec. Terao, 6-4
            Terao (AU) pinned Ryan Haskett (Virginia Tech), 1:50

133 – GARRETT CLIFFORD (6th in Pool C)
            Jamel Morris (NC State) pinned Clifford, 5:25
            Alex Mackall (Rutgers) tech. fall over Clifford, 6:59 (18-3)
            Will Clark (NC State) dec. Clifford, 11-7

141 – JACK MUTCHNIK (3rd in Pool A)
            Mutchnik (AU) dec. Todd Lane (Lock Haven), 3-1
            Dean Hall (Oklahoma State) dec. Mutchnik, 5-0
            Mutchnik (AU) dec. Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven), 1-0

141 – KIZHAN CLARKE (5th in Pool B)
            Michael Magaldo (Oklahoma State) dec. Clarke, 5-3
            Pete Lipari (Rutgers) dec. Clarke, 5-4 (OT)
            Clarke (AU) dec. Austin Harry (Army West Point), 3-2

149 – MICHAEL SPRAGUE (6th in Pool A)
            Geordan Martinez (Oklahoma State) dec. Sprague, 10-4
            Ronald Perry (Lock Haven) dec. Sprague, 7-3
            Cortland Schuyler (Lehigh) dec. Sprague, 9-4

149 – ELIJAH MURPHY (4th in Pool C)
            Knox Fuller (Army West Point) tech. fall over Murphy, 6:43 (16-0)
            Jake Keating (Virginia) pinned Murphy, 1:19
            Connor Muli (Hofstra) major dec. Murphy, 10-1

149 – MATT CONTE (4th in Pool D)
            Max Temple (Castleton) pinned Conte, 6:44
            Demetri Dorsaneo (Ithaca) major dec. Conte, 16-2
            Joseph Calderone (Long Island) tech. fall over Conte, 3:42 (16-0)

157 – ANTHONY WOKASCH (6th in Pool B)
            Kent Lane (Lehigh) pinned Wokasch, 0:30
            Wyatt Sheets (Oklahoma State) dec. Wokasch, 11-4
            Jon Ross (Lock Haven) dec. Wokasch, 12-5

157 – ERIC HONG (1st in Pool B)
            Hong (AU) pinned Jon Ross (Lock Haven), 2:43
            Hong (AU) pinned B.C. Laprade (Virginia Tech), 2:41
            Hong (AU) dec. Kent Lane (Lehigh), 4-1

165 – MICHAEL ECKHART (6th in Pool A)
            Drew Longo (Lehigh) dec. Eckhart, 9-7
            Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) pinned Eckhart, 1:09
            Colin Shannon (AU) dec. Eckhart, 8-4

165 – COLIN SHANNON (5th in Pool A)
            Cole Walter (Lehigh) tech. fall over Shannon, 4:31 (16-1)
            Andrew Mendel (Army West Point) tech. fall over Shannon, 7:00 (18-3)
            Shannon (AU) dec. Michael Eckhart (AU), 8-4

165 – BRYCE DEMPSEY (4th in Pool C)
            Nick Velez (Ithaca) pinned Dempsey, 3 :50
            Dempsey (AU) dec. Larry Brown (Lock Haven), 10-4<
            Anthony Fano (Ithaca) dec. Dempsey, 9-4

174 – CONNOR ALLSHOUSE (6th in Pool B)
            Matt McGillick (Citadel) dec. Allshouse, 7-3
            Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) pinned Allshouse, 1:44
            Michael Battista (Virginia) dec. Allshouse, 7-3

184 – PRINCE HYEAMANG (4th in Pool B)
            Hyeamang (AU) pinned Jack Walsh (Virginia), 2:41
            Trey Hartsock (Lock Haven) tech. fall over Hyeamang, 6:13 (16-0)
            Colin McCracken (Kent State) major dec. Hyeamang, 11-2
            Noah Stewart (Army West Point) pinned Hyeamang, 2:23

184 – ABRAHAM CORREA-MEDINA (2nd in Pool D)
            Jaison White (Ithaca) dec. Correa-Medina, 7-5 (SV-1)
            Correa-Medina (AU) dec. Dan McClure (Long Island), 3-2
            Correa-Medina won by forfeit over Mitchell LaFlam (Castleton)

197 – JERIC KASUNIC (3rd in Pool A)
            Chris Weiler (Lehigh) dec. Kasunic, 7-5
            Kasunic (AU) dec. Tristan Sponseller (Lock Haven), 1-0
            Kasunic (AU) dec. Andrew Marsden (Oklahoma State), 7-1

285 – BRETT DEMPSEY (4th in Pool A)
            Mike Hughes (Hofstra) dec. Dempsey, 6-0
            Dempsey (AU) pinned Michael McAleavey (Citadel), 5:00
            Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Dempsey, 4-3 (OT)