The American University wrestling team picked up its first dual meet win of the season, defeating George Mason, 26-10, on Thursday night in Fairfax, Va.
"The team showed a lot of heart tonight," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "It's always hard to get back in action after nearly two weeks off and finals, but our team fought hard and the tight matches went our way."
American opened the dual with back-to-back victories at 125 and 133 lbs. No. 15 David Terao posted a 15-2 major decision over Bill Prochniewski in the first bout and Esteban Gomez-Rivera followed with 4-3 decision over the Patriots' Vince Rodriguez.
George Mason registered the next win but Cole Moseley earned a 4-3 decision over James Hunsberger at 149 lbs. Marcos Peralta picked up a 4-0 decision at 165 lbs. and Keithen Cast notched a 11-2 major decision over Zachary Martinez in the next match.
No. 9 Daniel Mitchell and Blake Herrin closed out the dual with wins for the Eagles. Mitchell recorded his fastest fall of the season, pinning Matt Meadows in 2:56. Herrin secured the dual meet win with a 6-3 decision over Jacob Kettler.
American opens the new year in Chattanooga, Tenn. at the Southern Scuffle on Wednesday, January 1 and Thursday, January 2.
American 26, George Mason 10
125: #15 David Terao (AU) major dec. Bill Prochniewski (GMU), 15-2; American leads, 4-0
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU) dec. Vince Rodriguez (GMU), 4-3; American leads, 7-0
141: Sahid Kargbo (GMU) major dec. Tom Page (AU), 16-4; American leads, 7-4
149: Cole Moseley (AU) dec. James Hunsberger (GMU), 4-3; American leads, 10-4
157: Gregory Flournoy (GMU) dec. John Boyle (AU), 8-3; American leads, 10-7
165: Marcos Peralta (AU) dec. Matthew Stull (GMU), 4-0; American leads, 13-7
174: Keithen Cast (AU) major dec. Zachary Martinez (GMU), 11-2; American leads, 17-7
184: Ryan Hembury (GMU) dec. Jason Grimes (AU), 3-2; American leads, 17-10
197: #9 Daniel Mitchell (AU) fall Matt Meadows (GMU), 2:56; American leads, 23-10
HWT: Blake Herrin (AU) dec. Jacob Kettler (GMU), 6-3; American leads, 26-10