The American University wrestling team fell in its home opener to #24 Wisconsin, 31-6, on Thursday night in Bender Arena. No. 12 Daniel Mitchell had the lone win of the night for the Eagles.
"We wrestled tougher than we did against Virginia Tech in a few matches, especially in ones against ranked opponents, and we battled them to the end," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "We still have things we can get better at when we're out there wrestling."
Wisconsin (6-2) picked up technical falls to open the match at 133 lbs. and 141 lbs. and earned decisions in each of the next five matches to take a 25-0 lead.
John Boyle fought back from a 5-1 deficit to No. 6 Isaac Jordan at the start of the third period with an escape and takedown to come back within one, 5-4. But Jordan was able to get the escape and a riding time advantage gave him the 7-4 decision at 157 lbs. Marcos Peralta was also edged in a tight 5-3 decision to Ben Cox at 165 lbs. Cox went up 3-0 after a scoreless first period. A Peralta escape at the start of the third made it a one-point match. Peralta earned another escape following a Cox takedown to cut the score to 5-3 but was unable to score a late takedown to tie it up.
Keithen Cast and Jason Grimes also dropped close decisions at 174 lbs. and 184 lbs. Cast remained within two points of Scott Liegel in the third period, but Liegel scored a late takedown and held a riding time advantage on its way to a 12-7 decision. Grimes made his first career appearance in Bender Arena and took on No. 11 Jackson Hein. Grimes tied it up to start the third with a takedown and Hein was able to get the reversal and use his momentum to take an 11-5 decision.
A Wisconsin forfeit gave No. 12 Mitchell the win at 197 lbs., with the redshirt senior improving to 5-1 on the year. No. 14 Blake Herrin ended up on the short end of a 5-1 decision to No. 6 Connor Medbery at heavyweight and David Terao was edged by Ryan Taylor in a 15-8 decision.
American will look to bounce back when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Keystone Classic on Sunday, November 24.
#24 Wisconsin 31, American 6
133: #2 Tyler Graff (Wisc.) tech. fall Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 22-7 (7:00); Wisconsin leads, 5-0
141: #18 Jesse Thielke (Wisc.) tech. fall Matt Crockett (AU), 16-0 (1:45); Wisconsin leads, 10-0
149: TJ Ruschell (Wisc.) dec. Cole Moseley (AU), 9-2; Wisconsin leads, 13-0
157: #6 Isaac Jordan (Wisc.) dec. John Boyle (AU), 7-4; Wisconsin leads, 16-0
165: Ben Cox (Wisc.) dec. Marcos Peralta (AU), 5-3; Wisconsin leads, 19-0
174: Scott Liegel (Wisc.) dec. Keithen Cast (AU), 12-7; Wisconsin leads, 22-0
184: #11 Jackson Hein (Wisc.) dec. Jason Grimes (AU), 11-5; Wisconsin leads, 25-0
197: #12 Daniel Mitchell (AU) forfeit Wisconsin; Wisconsin leads, 25-6
HWT: #6 Connor Medbery (Wisc.) dec. #14 Blake Herrin (AU), 5-1; Wisconsin leads, 28-6
125: Ryan Taylor (Wisc.) dec. David Terao (AU), 15-8; Wisconsin wins 31-6