Drexel Tops @AU_Wrestling on Alumni Day

AU's wrestling alumni were honored at intermission on Sunday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior heavyweight Brett Dempsey scored his second fall of the season and ran his winning streak to six matches, but American fell to Drexel, 25-16, in an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association dual match on Sunday.

The Eagles fell to 6-6 in dual matches and 3-3 against EIWA opponents. The Dragons improved to 11-4 and 5-4 in the league.

American won four matches on the day in a dual that featured a combined 10 wrestlers who were ranked nationally coming into the event.

Dempsey, ranked 26th, pinned freshman Sean O'Malley at 6:18 to improve to 13-8 on the season.

Junior Michael Sprague, ranked 19th at 149 pounds, also got a bonus-point win for the Eagles. He used a five-point final period to earn a 10-2 major decision over Evan Barczak that gave AU a 7-0 lead in the team score.

Drexel then won five straight matches to take a 22-7 lead, including a 2:55 pin by 26th-ranked Alex DeCiantis and a forfeit of the 197-pound bout.

AU freshman Gage Curry stopped the string with a 3-2 win over Zack Fuentes at 125, winning his third straight match.

Fourth-ranked Austin DeSanto then edged No. 9 Josh Terao in the final bout of the day, earning a quick takedown in overtime to give the Dragons a 12-10 win. 

AU redshirt freshman Kizhan Clarke opened the dual at 141 by earning a 3-1 victory. Clarke has won seven of his last nine bouts for the Eagles and broke a 1-1 tie with a takedown with 11 seconds remaining.

American finishes its regular season with a pair of duals next week. The Eagles travel to George Mason for a 7 p.m. match on Thursday before returning home for Senior Night on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Ohio Univ.

Tickets for all AU wrestling home duals can be purchased online by clicking here.


AU Athletics Partners with Chevy Chase Florist this Valentine's Day

The American University Department of Athletics has partnered with Chevy Chase Florist this coming Valentine's Day, offering AU fans and alumni a special 10% discount off any order now through Wednesday, Feb. 14. Simply call (301) 986-0986 and mention "AU Athletics", or visit www.ChevyChaseFlorist.com and use coupon code "GoAU", to receive your discount. You can also stop by their store at 5415 Friendship Blvd. in Chevy Chase, Md. Offer valid for local deliveries, or in-store pickup only.



141: Kizhan Clarke (AMER) over Julian Flores (DREX) (Dec 3-1)

149: #19 Michael Sprague (AMER) over Evan Barczak (DREX) (MD 10-2)

157: #22 Garett Hammond (DREX) over Eric Hong (AMER) (Dec 6-3)

165: #31 Ebed Jarrell (DREX) over Anthony Wokasch (AMER) (MD 12-4)

174: #32 Austin Rose (DREX) over Michael Eckhart (AMER) (Dec 4-2)

184: #26 Alexander DeCiantis (DREX) over Connor Allshouse (AMER) (Fall 2:55)

197: #17 Stephen Loiseau (DREX) over (AMER) (For.)

285: #26 Brett Dempsey (AMER) over Sean O`Malley (DREX) (Fall 6:18)

125: Gage Curry (AMER) over Zachary Fuentes (DREX) (Dec 3-2)

133: #4 Austin DeSanto (DREX) over #9 Josh Terao (AMER) (SV-1 12-10)


Rankings from NCAA Coaches Panel on 2/8

Att - 299