Captains Cruise But ODU Bests @AU_Wrestling

Jeric Kasunic a Navy opponent

NORFOLK, Va. – For the second straight dual match, American University got victories from its wrestling captains - Jeric Kasunic, Brett Dempsey and Josh Terao - but host Old Dominion earned seven victories on its way to a 27-10 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

The Eagles dropped to 4-5 overall, while the Monarchs are now 7-5 after winning their third straight dual.

With the match starting at 165, ODU opened the dual with a decision and two major-decision wins to take an 11-0 lead.

Kasunic, ranked 9th by, took a 4-1 lead in the first period and led 6-1 after the second. He closed a 12-2 major decision with six points in the third period. Kasunic extended his winning streak to 16 bouts.

Dempsey, ranked 23rd at heavyweight, led 3-0 after the second period and, after giving up an escape at the start of the third, earned a takedown and picked up a riding-time point to take a 6-1 victory.

Eagle freshman Gage Curry and 23rd-ranked Michael McGee traded escapes in the second and third periods at 125, but McGee earned the 2-1 win on the riding-time point.

Terao, ranked 8th, and Caleb Richardson finished seven minutes tied 1-1 in the 133-pound bout, but Terao got the overtime takedown to pick up the win and pull the Eagles within 14-10 in the team score. Terao is now 22-2 since mid-November.

ODU's Alex Madrigal, ranked 21st, was even with Jack Mutchnik at 2-2 after two periods at 141, but scored four points in the last period to take a 6-3 win.

The Monarchs finished the dual with a pin at 149 by Kenan Carter and a major-decision win by 24th-ranked Randy Early.

"Once again our captains carried our only wins," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "Jeric led the way with a dominant performance. He's fighting for bonus points and opponents are just trying to survive. It's great to see Jeric with this attitude. 

"Brett scored early and totally dominated seven minutes. It was good to see our upper-weights and captains stepping up to the challenge. 

"We still need more effort from the remaining seven weights. We're not finishing our shots and we're not winning the tough points that we're capable of doing. 

"We will use this week off to make positive changes that will put us back to our best place to win the tough matches."

American wrestles next on Friday, Feb. 2 at Binghamton before coming home on Sunday, Feb. 4 to face Bucknell at noon. Tickets for all AU wrestling home duals can be purchased online by clicking here.



165: Luke Drugac (ODU) dec. over Anthony Wokasch, 5-1

174: Seldon Wright (ODU) major dec. over Michael Eckhart, 13-4

184: Antonio Agee (ODU) major dec. over Conner Allshouse, 12-2 

197: #9 Jeric Kasunic (AU) major dec. over John D'Agostino, 12-2

285: #23 Brett Dempsey (AU) dec. over Ali Wahab, 6-1

125: #23 Michael McGee (ODU) dec. over Gage Curry, 2-1

133: #8 Josh Terao (AU) dec. over Caleb Richardson, 3-1 (SV-1)

141: #21 Alex Madrigal (ODU) dec. over Jack Mutchnik, 6-3

149: Kenan Carter (ODU) pinned Elijah Murphy, 4:38

157: #24 Larry Early (ODU) major dec. over Eric Hong, 12-3