EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Gage Curry, Michael Sprague and Niko Camacho won individual titles and were among 12 wrestlers who earned places as American University opened its season on Saturday at the East Stroudsburg Open.
Ten Eagles reached the semifinals at the event, which drew wrestlers from 23 teams.
• Curry won the 125-pound bracket by sweeping four matches. He defeated Richie Koehler of Rider, 5-2, to win the championship match. Curry, an NCAA qualifier a year ago, opened the tournament with a pin in 1:15 over Daniel Grobman of Drexel.
• Sprague won all four matches at 149 pounds on Saturday, earning a 17-2 technical fall in the quarterfinals and a 10-2 major decision over Hunter Baxter in the semifinal. He pinned teammate Kizhan Clarke in the final, finishing with one second remaining. Sprague led 2-0 at the time of the fall.
• Camacho won his first bout with a pin, then won a pair of decisions en route to the semifinals. He advanced to the final with a medical forfeit before earning a 4-3 decision over Isaac Reid of Lock Haven in the heavyweight championship.
• Clarke reached the final with a tech fall, two major decisions, and an 11-4 decision in the quarterfinals.
• Prince Hyeamang also earned a second-place finish, posting his best finish as an Eagle. He opened with a 14-1 major decision over Nick Klinoff of East Stroudsburg, then lost to Joe Miller of the Army Prep school, 7-5, in the final.
COACH TEAGUE MOORE SAID
"This was a good start to the season, with three champions and a lot of place winners. Gage, Michael and Niko all put together great performances. It's Niko's first collegiate title, while Gage and Michael put dominant performances together.
"It was good to see the offensive scoring situations we've worked on come out in competition. We have a few areas we can definitely learn from, and it also gives us a good test for next week's Navy Classic."
American wrestles next Saturday at the Navy Classic. The Eagles have a number of tournaments before their first home event of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12 in a dual match against Columbia.
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