The American University wrestling team went 1-1 in its two-mat triangular on Sunday afternoon in Bender Arena. The Eagles defeated Gardner-Webb, 28-11, and were edged by Columbia, 20-13.
American's lightweights took to the mat first against Gardner-Webb. No. 11 David Terao set the pace for the Eagles in the match with a 13-5 major decision over Phillip Anderson. Esteban Gomez-Rivera picked up a 7-3 decision over Robbie Golde in the next bout but the Runnin' Bulldogs won the next two weight classes to put the team score at 7-6 in favor of American.
John Boyle earned a 12-4 major decision over Alex Bennett at 157 lbs. but Gardner-Webb tied up the dual at the start of the third session with Austin Trott posting an 18-2 technical fall over Cristian Masaya.
The Eagles were able to secure the win with four straight victories. Keithen Cast picked up a 14-3 major decision at 174 lbs. to spark the streak and Jason Grimes followed it up with a 6-2 decision. No. 9 Daniel Mitchell registered his fastest career fall in the dual, pinning Terry Henderson in 48 seconds. Blake Herrin sealed up the 28-11 victory with a 16-6 major decision over Justin Kozera at heavyweight.
"We came out strong in the Gardner-Webb dual and were able to execute early," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "We talked a lot this week about coming out and moving forward, getting matches into our pace, and we did that from the start against Gardner-Webb."
American's heavyweights kicked off the dual against Columbia. The Eagles dropped the first three matches but Mitchell was able to edge Matt Idelson, 5-4, to put American on the board. Herrin continued the momentum with a 10-3 decision over Wyatt Baker and Terao put the Eagles within one in the dual, 11-10, with a 16-6 major decision over Penn Gottfried.
Gomez-Rivera ended up on the short end of a 4-0 decision but Spencer Slishman picked up his first career dual win at 141 lbs. with a 7-3 decision over Matt Bystol. Columbia posted decisions at 149 and 157 lbs. for the 20-13 victory in the dual.
"With the Columbia match, our guys did a great job and fought hard against some nationally ranked athletes early in the dual," said Moore. "David Terao did an excellent job and he's doing a great job learning how to extend leads. Spencer Slishman did a great job against an opponent that went to the National Championships last year so that was a great start for Spencer at home. Overall, it was a good step forward from what we did yesterday."
American heads to Binghamton for its next dual on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.
125: #11 David Terao (AU) major dec. Phillip Anderson (GW), 13-5; American leads, 4-0
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU) dec. Robbie Golde (GW), 7-3; American leads, 7-0
141: Ryan Mosley (GW) dec. Spencer Slishman (AU), 10-4; American leads, 7-3
149: Tyler Ziegler (GW) dec. Brad Mutchnik (AU), 3-1; American leads, 7-6
157: John Boyle (AU) major dec. Alex Bennett (GW), 12-4; American leads, 11-6
165: Austin Trott (GW) tech. fall Cristian Masaya (AU), 18-2 (4:30); Tied, 11-11
174: Keithen Cast (AU) major dec. Aaron Rabin (GW), 14-3; American leads, 15-11
184: Jason Grimes (AU) dec. Zach Bennett (GW), 6-2; American leads, 18-11
197: #9 Daniel Mitchell (AU) fall Terry Henderson (GW), 0:48; American leads, 24-11
HWT: Blake Herrin (AU) major dec. Justin Kozera (GW), 16-6; American wins, 28-11
165: #17 Josh Houldsworth (CU) major dec. Cristian Masaya (AU), 19-6; Columbia leads, 4-0
174: #20 Shane Hughes (CU) major dec. Keithen Cast (AU), 8-0; Columbia leads, 8-0
184: Zack Hernandez (CU) dec. Jason Grimes (AU), 5-1; Columbia leads, 11-0
197: #9 Daniel Mitchell (AU) dec. Matt Idelson (CU), 5-4; Columbia leads, 11-3
HWT: Blake Herrin (AU) dec. Wyatt Baker (CU), 10-3; Columbia leads, 11-6
125: #11 David Terao (AU) major dec. Penn Gottfried (CU), 16-6; Columbia leads, 11-10
133: Angelo Amenta (CU) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 4-0; Columbia leads, 14-10
141: Spencer Slishman (AU) dec. Matt Bystol (CU), 7-3; Columbia leads, 14-13
149: Ryan Ponte (CU), dec. Cole Moseley (AU), 6-2; Columbia leads, 17-13
157: Markus Scheidel (CU) dec. John Boyle (AU), 11-4; Columbia wins, 20-13