WASHINGTON, D.C. – Victories by American University's three seniors – Brett Dempsey, Jeric Kasunic and Michael Eckhart – lifted the Eagles to a 20-12 dual-match wrestling win over Ohio University Saturday on Senior Night at Bender Arena.
The Eagles ended the regular season with an 8-6 record overall, matching the highest number of wins in a season under head coach Teague Moore. It marks the third time the Eagles reached eight dual wins under Moore.
The Bobcats fell to 4-7 overall.
An 11-2 major decision by AU's Gage Curry in the opening bout gave the Eagles the early lead. Curry led 4-1 and 6-2 after the first two periods and earned the extra team point with a late takedown and riding time in the third.
The Bobcats won the next two bouts, including a 9-3 win by 16th-ranked Cameron Kelly over No. 9 Josh Terao at 133, to take a 6-4 lead.
Michael Sprague got a reversal in the third period and used a riding-time point for a 3-0 win at 149 to put the Eagles back ahead 7-6. Eric Hong then won the 157-pound matchup, getting a takedown with 10 seconds left for a 3-2 win.
Ohio pulled back within 10-9 at 165 before Eckhart got a 7-2 win at 174. Eckhart led 2-0 and 3-2 after the first two periods, and put away the victory with a third-period takedown to win his third match in his last four outings.
The Bobcats again pulled within a team point after a win at 184.
But Kasunic used a six-point first period to earn an 11-2 major decision. He earned his 30th win of the season, extended his winning streak to 20 and came within three victories of becoming only the eighth Eagle ever to reach 100 career victories.
Dempsey closed out the dual with a 3-1 win in the first overtime period, snaring a takedown at the edge of the mat with just seconds left to pick up his eighth straight victory.
American will be off next weekend in preparation for the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, hosted by Hofstra on March 3 and 4.
AMERICAN 20, OHIO UNIV. 12
125: Gage Curry (AMER) over Trevor Giallombardo (OHIO) (MD 11-2)
133: Cameron Kelly (OHIO) over Josh Terao (AMER) (Dec 9-3)
141: Mario Guillen (OHIO) over Kizhan Clarke (AMER) (Dec 8-5)
149: Michael Sprague (AMER) over Kade Kowalski (OHIO) (Dec 3-0)
157: Eric Hong (AMER) over Cullen Cummings (OHIO) (Dec 3-2)
165: Joseph Terry (OHIO) over Anthony Wokasch (AMER) (Dec 8-5)
174: Michael Eckhart (AMER) over Ben Schneider (OHIO) (Dec 7-2)
184: Hunter Yeargan (OHIO) over Prince Hyeamang (AMER) (Dec 6-0)
197: Jeric Kasunic (AMER) over Aaron Naples (OHIO) (MD 11-2)
285: Brett Dempsey (AMER) over Zack Parker (OHIO) (SV-1 3-1)
Att -- 189