AU Wrestling Falls Short Against Duquesne and Eastern Illinois

Aaron Baker

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The American University wrestling team dropped two close meets Tuesday at the Triangular Meet hosted by Duquesne University. Against the Dukes, the Eagles fell 30-19 while Eastern Illinois topped them, 25-19.

The same four AU wrestlers recorded wins in both duals as American prepares to face Buffalo on Thursday at 7 p.m.

AU, which is 0-9 in dual meets, earned its first win against DU in the heavyweight division when junior Jared Hyman (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) won by fall over Matt Doak at 4:05. In the 141-lb. division, freshman Tom Kniezewski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown) capped a win by fall over Dean Jacobs at 6:58.

Junior Aviv Bercovicz (Ocean, N.J./Ocean City) earned a major decision over Rob Dempsey by a score of 10-2 in the 149-lb. division. The final American points came from junior Aaron Baker (Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa) in the 165-lb. division. Baker recorded a 10-4 decision over Bill Boeh.

Against the Panthers, Hyman and Baker both won by forfeit in the heavyweight and 165-lb. divisions, respectively. Kniezewski clinched at 12-4 major decision over Jerod Bruner at 141 lbs. AU's Bercovicz topped Chris Jordan 7-5 in overtime (0:09) at 149 lbs.

DUQUESNE 30, AMERICAN 19
125: Keith Pavlekovsky (DU) dec. Matt Pelligrino (AU), 9-2
133: David Kuntz (DU) pinned Eric Levine (AU), 0:29
141: Tom Kniezewski (AU) pinned Dean Jacobs (DU), 6:58
149: Aviv Bercovicz (AU) maj. dec. Rob Dempsey (DU), 10-2
157: Ryan Powell (DU) pinned Eric Fantegrossi (AU), 2:52
165: Aaron Baker (AU) dec. Bill Boeh (DU), 10-4
174: Mark Himes (DU) pinned Adam Montgomery (AU), 4:46
184: Brian Neuman (DU) dec. Kyle Mason (AU), 11-5
197: Mike Frank (DU) won by forfeit
HWT: Jared Hyman (AU) pinned Matt Doak (DU), 4:05

EASTERN ILLINOIS 25, AMERICAN 19
125: Dexter Wright (EIU) maj. dec. Matt Pelligrino (AU), 10-2
133: Mike Stanley (EIU) pinned Eric Levine (AU), 2:40
141: Tom Kniezewski (AU) major dec. Jerod Bruner (EIU), 12-4
149: Aviv Bercovicz (AU) dec. Chris Jordan (EIU), 7-5 (OT), 0:09
157: Andy Coyle (EIU) pinned Eric Fantegrossi (AU), 2:44
165: Aaron Baker (AU) won by forfeit
174: Clay French (EIU) pinned Adam Montgomery (AU), 1:33
184: Josh Lepper (EIU) dec. Kyle Mason (AU), 9-3
197: Double Forfeit
HWT: Jared Hyman (AU) won by forfeit