Four Eagles Place at Reno Tournament

Michael Sprague squats toward an opponent

RENO, Nev.Gage Curry and Anthony Wokasch earned fourth-place finishes to lead four American University wrestlers who placed on Thursday at the Reno Tournament of Champions tournament.

Josh Terao and Tanner Harvey each placed fifth after losing only one match along the way. 

Jack Mutchnik went 4-1 on the day, while Michael Sprague won both his matches. Each Eagle senior took medical forfeits before the end of the tournament.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• Curry won his first three bouts to reach the 125-pound semifinals. He trailed 4-2 to Brandon Courtney of Arizona State heading into the third period of his quarterfinal, but got two third-period takedowns to win 7-6. He lost to Nick Piccinini of Oklahoma State, ranked 4th in the nation, in the semifinal, and lost 11-5 to Michael McGee of ODU in the third-place bout.

• Wokasch also won his first three bouts on the day. He got a takedown in sudden-victory to win his first-round match and pinned Beau Bradley of Clackamas in 2:12 to win the quarterfinal. He lost to Ryan Niven of Grand View in the semifinal and was edged, 6-4, by Shane Jones of ODU in the third-place match.

• After starting 2-0 at 133 pounds, including a technical fall in the first round, Terao lost in the sudden-victory period of the quarterfinal on a stalling call. He recovered over the next three bouts to earn wins by technical fall over each opponent. He beat Steven Simpson of ODU, 15-0, early in the second round of the fifth-place match.

• Harvey won by major decision in his opening bout at 184 pounds, but lost to Tate Samuelson of Wyoming in the quarterfinal. He advanced to the fifth-place match with a pin and a decision. Harvey edged ODU's Antonio Agee, 6-5, taking the lead with 1:18 left on a takedown and holding on for the fifth-place win.

• Mutchnik lost his first-round bout at 141 pounds when Michael Magaldo of Oklahoma State won 2-1 on the riding-time point. Following a 17-3 major decision in his first consolation bout, Mutchnik scored decisions by 4-2, 3-2 and 3-2 over his next three bouts.

NEXT UP

After the holiday break, American will travel to Wyoming to face dual matches against the host Cowboys, North Carolina and Army West Point.

The Eagles' first home event of the season is on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in a dual match against Columbia. American wrestles the next day in a Sunday matinee at noon against Hofstra.

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