The American University wrestling team won five matches but it was not enough as Bucknell was able to earn a 21-18 victory in the dual on Friday night in Lewisburg, Pa.
"Tonight was a tough loss," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "But as a team we were able to wrestle hard in a lot of positions."
No. 11 David Terao extended his win streak to nine straight matches with an 8-3 decision at 125 lbs. to open the night. Esteban Gomez-Rivera dropped a 3-2 decision at 133 lbs. to Grim Gonzalez but Spencer Slishman was able to put the Eagles back on top in the dual with a 3-2 decision over Connor Lapresi.
The dual continued to go back and forth as John Boyle picked up an 8-3 decision at 157 lbs. and Keithen Cast earned a 9-2 decision over Joey Krulock at 174 lbs. to tie the team score at 12-all. Jason Grimes registered his first career fall to give American an 18-12 lead, pinning Rory Bonner in 1:42.
An injury default by the Eagles at 197 lbs. tied the dual up again at 18 and Joe Stolfi secured the win for the Bison with a 5-0 decision over Blake Herrin at heavyweight.
"I'm very happy for Spencer, that match was won on heart," said Moore. "Jason came through with a fall with the team needed it and that's great for a freshman to be able to accomplish."
American returns to Bender Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8 to host Navy at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.
Bucknell 21, American 18
125: #11 David Terao (AU) dec. Paul Petrov (BU), 8-3; American leads, 3-0
133: Grim Gonzalez (BU) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 3-2; Tied, 3-3
141: Spencer Slishman (AU) dec. Connor Lapresis (BU), 3-2; American leads, 6-3
149: Victor Lopez (BU) dec. Mark Cirello (AU), 9-5; Tied, 6-6
157: John Boyle (AU) dec. Ray Schlitt (BU), 8-3; American leads, 9-6
165: Rustin Barrick (BU) inj. default Cristian Masaya (AU), 6:25; Bucknell leads, 12-9
174: Keithen Cast (AU) dec. Joey Krulock (BU), 9-2; Tied, 12-12
184: Jason Grimes (AU) fall Rory Bonner (BU), 1:42; American leads, 18-12
197: Tyler Lyster (BU) inj. default #15 Daniel Mitchell (AU), 4:28; Tied, 18-18
HWT: Joe Stolfi (BU) dec. Blake Herrin (AU), 5-0; Bucknell wins, 5-0