WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jeric Kasunic, Brett Dempsey and Josh Terao each earned victories, but Navy won the final six bouts to earn a 25-9 victory over American in a wrestling dual match between Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association opponents Friday at Bender Arena.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-4 in dual matches and 1-2 against EIWA opponents. The Midshipmen improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.
With the dual starting at 197 pounds, Kasunic gave the Eagles the lead with a 5-1 win over Joshua Roetman, extending a 2-1 lead after two periods with a reversal and more than four minutes of riding time.
Kasunic, ranked ninth in the nation by TrackWrestling.com, extended a winning streak to 15 matches with the victory.
Dempsey followed with a 3-2 decision over Austin Faunce. Following a scoreless first period, Faunce scored a reversal late in the second period, but Dempsey escaped. Dempsey got an early escape in the third period and used a riding time edge to take the win.
Aslan Kilic broke a tie with a takedown with one second left of the 125-pound but, edging AU's Gage Curry.
Terao, ranked eighth in the nation at 133, used an escape and takedown in the second period and 3:07 of riding time to earn a 4-1 victory and give the Eagles a 9-3 edge in the team scoring.
Navy was able to pick up 3-2 decisions at 141 and 149, before going ahead 15-9 in team scoring after the 165-pound bout.
The Mids closed the dual with a major decision by AJ Alford at 174 and a pin in 2:52 at 184 to earn the victory.
American travels to Old Dominion on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match. The Eagles' next home dual is against Bucknell on Sunday, Feb. 4 at noon.
NAVY 25, AMERICAN 9
197: Jeric Kasunic (AMER) over Joshua Roetman (NAVY) (Dec 5-1)
285: Brett Dempsey (AMER) over Austin Faunce (NAVY) (Dec 3-2)
125: Aslan Kilic (NAVY) over Gage Curry (AMER) (Dec 6-4)
133: Josh Terao (AMER) over Cody Trybus (NAVY) (Dec 4-1)
141: Nicholas Gil (NAVY) over Kizhan Clarke (AMER) (Dec 3-2)
149: Corey Wilding (NAVY) over Michael Sprague (AMER) (Dec 3-2)
157: Zachary Davis (NAVY) over Eric Hong (AMER) (Dec 7-3)
165: Drew Daniels (NAVY) over Anthony Wokasch (AMER) (Dec 10-5)
174: Ahmed Alford (NAVY) over Michael Eckhart (AMER) (MD 13-3)
184: Michael Coleman (NAVY) over Prince Hyeamang (AMER) (Fall 2:52)