WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior heavyweight Brett Dempsey scored his second fall of the season and ran his winning streak to six matches, but American fell to Drexel, 25-16, in an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association dual match on Sunday.
The Eagles fell to 6-6 in dual matches and 3-3 against EIWA opponents. The Dragons improved to 11-4 and 5-4 in the league.
American won four matches on the day in a dual that featured a combined 10 wrestlers who were ranked nationally coming into the event.
Dempsey, ranked 26th, pinned freshman Sean O'Malley at 6:18 to improve to 13-8 on the season.
Junior Michael Sprague, ranked 19th at 149 pounds, also got a bonus-point win for the Eagles. He used a five-point final period to earn a 10-2 major decision over Evan Barczak that gave AU a 7-0 lead in the team score.
Drexel then won five straight matches to take a 22-7 lead, including a 2:55 pin by 26th-ranked Alex DeCiantis and a forfeit of the 197-pound bout.
AU freshman Gage Curry stopped the string with a 3-2 win over Zack Fuentes at 125, winning his third straight match.
Fourth-ranked Austin DeSanto then edged No. 9 Josh Terao in the final bout of the day, earning a quick takedown in overtime to give the Dragons a 12-10 win.
AU redshirt freshman Kizhan Clarke opened the dual at 141 by earning a 3-1 victory. Clarke has won seven of his last nine bouts for the Eagles and broke a 1-1 tie with a takedown with 11 seconds remaining.
American finishes its regular season with a pair of duals next week. The Eagles travel to George Mason for a 7 p.m. match on Thursday before returning home for Senior Night on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Ohio Univ.
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DREXEL 25, AMERICAN 16
141: Kizhan Clarke (AMER) over Julian Flores (DREX) (Dec 3-1)
149: #19 Michael Sprague (AMER) over Evan Barczak (DREX) (MD 10-2)
157: #22 Garett Hammond (DREX) over Eric Hong (AMER) (Dec 6-3)
165: #31 Ebed Jarrell (DREX) over Anthony Wokasch (AMER) (MD 12-4)
174: #32 Austin Rose (DREX) over Michael Eckhart (AMER) (Dec 4-2)
184: #26 Alexander DeCiantis (DREX) over Connor Allshouse (AMER) (Fall 2:55)
197: #17 Stephen Loiseau (DREX) over (AMER) (For.)
285: #26 Brett Dempsey (AMER) over Sean O`Malley (DREX) (Fall 6:18)
125: Gage Curry (AMER) over Zachary Fuentes (DREX) (Dec 3-2)
133: #4 Austin DeSanto (DREX) over #9 Josh Terao (AMER) (SV-1 12-10)
Rankings from NCAA Coaches Panel on 2/8
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