The American University wrestling team dropped its final dual of the 2013-14 season, falling to No. 6 Oklahoma State, 43-6, on Sunday afternoon in Stillwater, Okla.
"Although the loss on the scoreboard was quite big, we wrestled well in some individual bouts," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "We will learn from this experience."
Esteban Gomez-Rivera and Spencer Slishman were the first two Eagles' grapplers to take on ranked opponents. Gomez-Rivera was edged in a 9-3 decision by No. 4 Jon Morrison while Slishman dropped an 8-3 decision to No. 17 Anthony Collica.
John Boyle registered the lone win of the day for American. He recorded his first fall of the season, pinning Colton Thomas in 3:13. But the Cowboys were able to earn bonus points in each of the four matches to take a 40-6 lead into the final bout of the day.
Blake Herrin faced No. 15 Austin Marsden at heavyweight and came back from a 4-2 deficit at the start of the third period to make it a one-point match, 4-3. But Herrin was unable to score the winning takedown as Marsden held on for the 4-3 victory.
The Eagles travel to Philadelphia, Pa. next weekend, March 8-9, for the 2014 EIWA Championships.
#6 Oklahoma State 43, American 6
125: #13 Eddie Klimara (OSU) forfeit American; Oklahoma State leads, 6-0
133: #4 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 9-3; Oklahoma State leads, 9-0
141: #17 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Spencer Slishman (AU), 8-3; Oklahoma State leads, 12-0
149: #9 Josh Kindig (OSU) fall Cole Moseley (AU), 3:25, Oklahoma State leads, 18-0
157: John Boyle (AU) fall Colton Thomas (OSU), 3:13; Oklahoma State leads, 18-6
165: #5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) fall Cristian Masaya (AU), 1:54; Oklahoma State leads, 24-6
174: #2 Chris Perry (OSU) fall Keithen Cast (AU), 4:36; Oklahoma State leads, 30-6
184: Nolan Boyd (OSU) major dec. Jason Grimes (AU), 10-1; Oklahoma State, 34-6
197: Blake Rosholt (OSU) fall Brett Dempsey (AU), 2:48; Oklahoma State leads, 40-6
HWT: #15 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Blake Herrin (AU), 4-3; Oklahoma State wins, 43-6