Terao, Kasunic win Wilkes Open Titles

Josh Terao earns a victory at Campbell

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Josh Terao and Jeric Kasunic won championship bouts to lead 10 Eagle place-winners for American University at the 85th annual Wilkes Open wrestling tournament on Friday.

Ten of the 19 AU wrestlers who made the trip earned top-six finishes in the single-day event.

Jack Mutchnik lost in the final of the 141-pound bracket, losing after the second overtime.

"The team wrestled very well today," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "Josh and Jeric came through with great performances and continued to improve their best areas of execution.  

"Josh's best offensive attacks continue to improve and, what is most exciting to watch, is his ability to score from unorthodox positions. Jeric finished the day with a fall against a tough opponent and an overall dominant performance.  

"Jack lost a hard-fought OT final bout, but dug deep in his effort. We are happy for him and the success that he has earned. 

"We continue to improve as a group," said Moore. "It was a great way to close out 2017."

Terao defeated five opponents on his way to the win, earning a fall and a technical fall in the first two bouts before besting Joe Lobeck of Lehigh, 8-3, in the 133-pound final.

It was nearly an all-AU final at 133 pounds, as Garrett Clifford lost to Lobeck in the semifinal. Clifford went on to finish fourth in the weight class, going 3-2 on the afternoon.

Kasunic needed three victories to roll to the win at 197 pounds. He got his fifth fall of the season and the 35th of his career in the final, needing just 2:17 to win the title over Kyle Gentile of Lehigh.

Mutchnik won by fall and tech fall before getting a 3-1 decision over Travis Layton of Rider in the 141-pound semifinal. He went through both overtime periods in the championship before losing on riding time after the second overtime.

Brett Dempsey got the win over teammate Niko Camacho in the third-place match of the heavyweight bracket, beating the Eagle freshman 12-1. Both Dempsey and Camacho won three bouts on the day.

Gage Curry (3-1 at 125) and Michael Sprague (4-2 at 149) also finished third, Connor Allshouse was fourth at 174 and Kizhan Clarke got five wins on his way to a sixth-place finish at 141.

American is off for the holiday break before participating in the UNC Duals in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Jan. 5. The Eagles have a home dual against Navy on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.


125 – GAGE CURRY – Finished 3rd

Curry (AU) major dec. Ryan Burns (Sacred Heart), 16-3

Curry (AU) dec. Mark Schleifer (Princeton), 7-3

Zurich Storm (NC State) dec. Curry, 3-2

Curry (AU) major dec. Luke Resnuck, 9-1


133 – GARRETT CLIFFORD – Finished 4th

Clifford (AU) dec. Shane Metzler (Rutgers), 5-3

Clifford (AU) dec. Jake Dimarsico (Wilkes), 5-2

Clifford (AU) dec. Brenden Velez (Delaware Valley), 3-2

Joe Lobeck (Lehigh) major dec. Clifford, 13-5

Zach Firestone (Rutgers) pinned Clifford, 2:36



Joe Lobeck (Lehigh) pinned Giaccia, 1:07

Giaccia (AU) pinned Christian Fox (Penn College), 1:10

Giaccia (AU) dec. Shaun Williams (Sacred Heart), 7-4

Danny Moran (Lehigh) tech. fall Giaccia, 20-2 (3:50)


133 – JOSH TERAO – Finished 1st

Terao (AU) pinned Christian Fox (Penn College), 1:36

Terao (AU) tech. fall Timmy Johnson (Sacred Heart), 18-0 (2:09)

Terao (AU) dec. Kyle Dinapoli (Rutgers), 6-0

Terao (AU) dec. Zach Firestone (Rutgers), 10-4

Terao (AU) dec. Joe Lobeck (Lehigh), 8-3


141 – KIZHAN CLARKE – Finished 6th

Clarke (AU) pinned Devon Nole (Delaware Valley), 4 :49

Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) dec. Clarke, 3-2

Clarke (AU) major dec. Gerard Daly (Sacred Heart), 18-7

Clarke (AU) major dec. Bryce Bernardine (Wilkes), 14-2

Clarke (AU) dec. Matt Swanson (Binghamton), 8-3

Clarke (AU) dec. Nick Casella (Nassau Coll.), 6-2


141 – JACK MUTCHNIK – Finished 2nd

Mutchnik (AU) pinned Hunter Adams (Sacred Heart), 2:46

Mutchnik (AU) major dec. Matt Swanson (Binghamton), 10-2

Mutchnik (AU) dec. Travis Layton (Rider), 3-1

Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) dec. Mutchnik, 3-3 (TB-2)              



Kent Lane (Lehigh) pinned Conte, 0:18

Conte (AU) pinned Bobby Pryhocki (Campbell), 0:22

Nick Palumbo (Buffalo) pinned Conte, 2:17



Kyle Medrow (Wilkes) tech. fall Hogan, 16-0 (1:43)

Dylan Wood (Binghamton) pinned Hogan, 4:45



Murphy (AU) dec. Jay Oakes (Sacred Heart), 3-2

Vincent Foggia (Drexel) pinned Murphy, 3:34

Nick Palumbo (Buffalo) major dec. Murphy, 10-0


149 – MICHAEL SPRAGUE – Finished 3rd

Sprague (AU) tech. fall Brayson Haas (Roger Williams), 16-0 (7:00)

Sprague (AU) dec. Kade Loughney (Wyoming Seminary), 9-5

Sprague (AU) dec. Robert Cleary (Rutgers), 10-3

Alfred Bannister (Maryland) dec. Sprague, 6-4

Sprague (AU) dec. Josh Evans (Wilkes), 6-0                               



Gavin Mitchener (Wyoming Seminary) dec. Wokasch, 10-9

Wokasch (AU) dec. Diavantae Reddick (Campbell), 11-5

Wokasch (AU) dec. Dan Vossbein (West Chester), 9-3

Avery Shay (Clarion) dec. Wokasch, 5-0



Pat Kane (Maine) pinned Dempsey, 4:35

Dempsey (AU) pinned Will Schmidt (Sacred Heart), 1:15

Dempsey (AU) major dec. Colin Shannon (AU), 8-0

Aidan Monteverdi (Binghamton) major dec. Dempsey, 12-2



Gray (AU) pinned Daniel Mitchell (George Mason), 0:38

Taylor Shay (Roger Williams) pinned Gray, 3:20

Joe Lee (Unatt.) pinned Gray, 2:29



Shannon (AU) dec. Dylan Skidmore (Rowan-Gloucester), 8-3

Dale Tiongson (Princeton) dec. Shannon, 8-1

Bryce Dempsey (AU) major dec. Shannon, 8-0


174 – CONNER ALLSHOUSE – Finished 4th

Allshouse (AU) major dec. John Ritter (Wilkes), 11-0

Allshouse (AU) major dec. Jake Kocsis (Binghamton), 9-1

Bryan McLaughlin (Drexel) dec. Allshouse, 11-4

Willie Scott (Rutgers) major dec. Allshouse, 12-2



Eckhart (AU) dec. Koltyn Eason (Edinboro), 5-0

Eckhart (AU) dec. Charlie Andrews (Campbell), 9-3

Kyle Murphy (Bloomsburg) dec. Eckhart, 7-5

Josh Young (Franklin & Marshall) dec. Eckhart, 9-5



Hyeamang (AU) major dec. Dave Furmato (Delaware Valley), 14-2

Colin Gussman (Campbell) tech. fall Hyeamang, 21-6 (6:58)

Kyle Davis (Buffalo) dec. Hyeamang, 8-4


197 – JERIC KASUNIC – Finished 1st

Kasunic (AU) dec. Tom Murray (Lehigh), 7-2

Kasunic (AU) major dec. Tucker Ziegler (Brown), 9-1

Kasunic (AU) pinned Kyle Gentile (Lehigh), 2:17


285 – BRETT DEMPSEY – Finished 3rd

Dempsey (AU) dec. Laith Alsous (Campbell), 4-0

Dempsey (AU) major dec. Ben Aquilina (Rider), 11-1

Matt Correnti (Rutgers) dec. Dempsey, 4-0

Dempsey (AU) major dec. Niko Camacho (AU), 12-1


285 – NIKO CAMACHO – Finished 4th

Camacho (AU) dec. Dylan Otis (Penn College), 3-1

Camacho (AU) dec. Alexander Esposito (Rutgers), 9-6

Camacho (AU) dec. Vincenzo Pelusi (Drexel), 4-3

Christian Colucci (Lehigh) dec. Camacho, 4-2

Brett Dempsey (AU) major dec. Camacho, 12-1