The American University wrestling team won seven bouts on its way to a 26-14 upset of No. 19 Binghamton on Sunday afternoon in Bender Arena.
"I'm really happy for our guys that we were able to put this match together, especially with Binghamton being ranked nationally," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "The details are really where we won out. We talked a lot about how to finish periods out and finishing scoring holds, and we executed and did that today."
Esteban Gomez-Rivera's major decision in the first bout of the day put the Eagles up and the team never relinquished its advantage for the remainder of the match. Gomez-Rivera posted three takedowns in the second period for the 11-6 lead and continued to dominate. His riding time advantage secured the bonus point for American. John Boyle continued the momentum for the Eagles, earning a 2-0 decision after two scoreless periods.
Binghamton's Donnie Vinson, ranked No. 4 in the nation, brought the Bearcats within one in the team standings after a pin, but that was the closest the match would be. Mark Cirello, Phillip Barreiro and Keithen Cast registered three straight victories to put American up 20-6, with Barreiro earning his first major decision of the year and Cast picking up his fourth fall, pinning John Paris in 5:12 after trailing entering the third.
Binghamton won the next two bouts before Blake Herrin was able to secure the victory with a 9-5 decision over Tyler Deuel. David Terao closed out the match with a 10-4 decision after leading for the entirety of the bout.
"I'm really happy for our guys and I'm excited that we can take this momentum into next weekend," said Moore.
American will face back-to-back EIWA opponents next, taking on Navy on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. The Eagles will then travel to West Point, N.Y. on Sunday, February 10 for a pair of dual meets against EIWA foe Army at 5 p.m. and Boston University at 6 p.m.
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (American) major dec. Dylan Cohen (Binghamton), 18-10; American, 4-0
141: John Boyle (American) dec. Dan Riggi (Binghamton), 2-0; American, 7-0
149: No. 4 Donnie Vinson (Binghamton) fall Kevin Tao (American), 0:50; American, 7-6
157: Mark Cirello (American) dec. Jack McKeever (Binghamton), 6-2; American, 10-6
165: Phillip Barreiro (American) major dec. Vincent Grella (Binghamton), 10-2; American, 14-6
174: Keithen Cast (American) fall John Paris (Binghamton), 5:12; American, 20-6
184: Cody Reed (Binghaton) dec. Thomas Barreiro (American), 5-3; American, 20-9
197: No. 5 Nate Schiedel (Binghamton) tech. fall Devon Bradley (American), 18-2 (4:30); American, 20-14
HWT: Blake Herrin (American) dec. Tyler Deuel (Binghamton), 9-5; American, 23-14
125: David Terao (American) dec. Mike Sardo (Binghamton), 10-4; American, 26-14