@AU_Wrestling Hosts Pair of Weekend Duals

Head coach Teague Moore watches the action.

WASHINGTON– The American University wrestling team competes in the friendly confines of Bender Arena for the first time in 2019 this weekend when it hosts Columbia on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday at noon.

The Eagles are 0-3 in dual-match competition thus far, having dropped all three duals last Friday at the Cowboy Shootout in Laramie, Wyo. American lost to Army West Point, No. 15 North Carolina and No. 13 Wyoming.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

• Senior Jack Mutchnik (141) and sophomore Kizhan Clarke (157) each won two bouts last Friday at the Cowboy Shootout. Due to a logjam in the 141 to 149-pound slots, Clarke has successfully moved up to wrestle at 157 since late November.

• Mutchnik leads eight Eagles who have already reached double figures in victories this season. Mutchnik, who is 6-0 in overtime matches, comes into the weekend with a 17-7 mark.

• Clarke is 16-7 for the Eagles after already posting a 6-2 mark in major decisions.

• AU's returning NCAA qualifiers have had strong fall seasons – senior Michael Sprague is 13-5 at 149, senior Josh Terao is 12-4 at 133 and sophomore Gage Curry is 10-7 at 125.

• Terao, ranked as high as 16th this week nationally, is 91-38 in his career. He has seven wins by technical fall so far this season and came into the year already holding the career school record with 14 (now with 21).

SCOUTING THE LIONS

• Columbia is 4-0 in dual matches after posting a pair of victories on Thursday at George Mason. The Lions rolled past Cleveland State, 34-12, and edged the host Patriots, 24-21.

• Columbia is off to its best start since 2006-07. The last time the Lions started 5-0 was during the 1998-99 season when the won their first eight duals.

• The Lions won eight matches against Cleveland State, including three by fall.

• Senior Dan Reed is 15-3 at 157 pounds and is Columbia's lone wrestler ranked nationally. He was 12th last week by TrackWrestling. Reed's win by injury default at Mason pushed the Lions to the dual-match win in the last bout and erased a 21-18 deficit.

• Junior 165-pounder Laurence Kosoy also has 15 victories to tie for the team lead.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE

• Hofstra has started the season at 1-4, owning a win over VMI and having lost to Rutgers, Northern Colorado, Bloomsburg and Buffalo.

• Freshman 125-pounder Dylan Ryder has an 11-9 record thus far and leads the Pride in victories. He has posted three wins by fall.

• 174-pound junior Sage Heller is 8-7 this season, including 5-4 in matches involving pins.

• The Pride, which also wrestles at Navy on Sunday at 5 p.m., does not have a wrestler ranked nationally coming into the weekend.

NEXT UP

American wrestles the next day in a Sunday matinee at noon against Hofstra. The Eagles are also home next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in a dual match against Lehigh.

FREE ADMISSION TO FEDERAL WORKERS

Due to the current federal government shutdown, AU Athletics has announced that throughout the month of January, all federal government workers may receive two free tickets to home athletic events at American University - including upcoming men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling events in Bender Arena.

With a valid federal government ID, fans will receive free admission for themselves and a guest to support and cheer on the AU Eagles to victory. 

For more information and complete details, contact the AU Athletics Ticket Office at 202-885-TIXX. To purchase tickets and view full schedules click here!

WRESTLING SEASON TICKETS

Tickets to all five home duals for the 2018-19 season are on sale now. 

  • SAVE BIG (OVER 20% OFF) - Attend all 5 home duals by purchasing season tickets…
    • Adult- General Admission: $30.00
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    • $3 per person
  • Join us in Bender Arena for individual duals…
    • Adult – General Admission: $8.00
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For inquiries e-mail clawed@american.eduor call 202.885.TIXX (8499).