WASHINGTON – The American University wrestling team closed out the weekend with a 21-16 loss to EIWA foe Drexel on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles dropped the final five bouts of the dual to fall to 4-3 overall on the season and 1-2 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.
Senior captain David Terao, ranked eighth in the nation at 125 pounds, got the Eagles out to a strong start, scoring a fall early in the third period, while redshirt junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera added a decision at 133 pounds. At 141 pounds, redshirt senior Tyler Scotton ended the second tiebreaker tied at 3-3, but used accumulated riding time to emerge as the victor.
Drexel got on the board with a major decision by 13th-ranked Matthew Cimato at 149 pounds, but American pulled ahead to a 16-4 lead in the team scoring after a dominant performance by 10th-ranked senior captain John Boyle (157), who earned a 13-4 major decision.
"In our first five matches, we did a lot of really good things," said American head coach Teague Moore. "David was in a tight bout, but he found a fall, even not feeling 100 percent coming into the match. Esteban is doing great things as well, so we're excited with our guys at 125 and 133.
"At 141, Tyler's opponent is really good on top, yet Tyler was able to escape twice to win that match. It was really important for Tyler to beat him in his best position. At 157, John is looking the part of an All-American. He's an exceptional team leader, and we can always count on him."
Unfortunately, Boyle's win was the last of the day for the Eagles. The Dragons scored back-to-back decisions at 165 and 174 pounds before earning a technical fall at 184 pounds. Drexel took its first lead of the match by holding on for a decision at 197 pounds, while clinching the team win with a decision in the heavyweight bout.
"We have to use this weekend as a building block," said Moore. "Our upper weights cannot look at this weekend and just brush it under the rug. When you start accepting performances like this, you are destined to fail.
"Moving forward, we have to get back to basics, we do the things we are capable of doing. Yesterday and today, we did not do that in our upper five weights. We didn't do the things that we train to do."
American returns to action Sunday, Jan. 31, with a pair of home duals versus Duke and Columbia.
Drexel 21, American 16
125: No. 8 David Terao (AU) fall Zack Fuentes, 5:13
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU) dec. Franco Ferraina, 9-5
141: Tyler Scotton (AU) dec. Kevin Devoy, 3-3 RT (TB2)
149: No. 13 Matthew Cimato (DU) maj. dec. Cole Moseley, 14-1
157: No. 10 John Boyle (AU) maj. dec. Ryan O'Connor, 13-4
165: Austin Rose (DU) dec. Mitchell Wightman, 11-4
174: Nick Elmer (DU) dec. Jason Grimes, 5-4
184: Stephen Loiseau (DU) tech fall Joe Salvi, 15-0 (5:40)
197: Nezar Haddad (DU) dec. Jeric Kasunic, 8-6
HWT: Joey Goodhart (DU) dec. Jake Scanlan, 2-0