WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Drexel wrestling team earned a quality conference victory Sunday afternoon in our nation's capital, taking down American, 25-16. The Dragons improved to 11-4 (5-4 EIWA) with the victory.
Sunday's matchup began at 141 pounds to set up a thrilling top-10 battle at 133 pounds between No. 4 Austin DeSanto and No. 9 Josh Terao to close things out. The Dragons found themselves in an early hole after dropping a decision at 141 pounds and a major decision at 149, but battled back to win six of the next eight matches to take the dual.
No. 22 Garett Hammond got the Dragons on the board at 157 pounds with a 6-3 decision over Eric Hong. At 165 pound, No. 31 Ebed Jarrell earned a 12-4 major decision over Anthony Wokasch before No. 32 Austin Rose took a 4-2 decision from Michel Eckhart at 174. No. 26 Alex DeCiantis then pinned Connor Allshouse with five seconds remaining on the first period clock at 184 pounds. The Dragons then further separated themselves from the Eagles by receiving a forfeit at 197 pounds. After dropping a fall at heavyweight and a close decision at 125 pounds, the Dragons had the match in hand with the marquee matchup still to wrestle. DeSanto and Terao did not disappoint as the match went into extra time where the Drexel freshman grappler used a takedown to win it, 12-10.
The Dragons close out their regular season on Saturday, Feb. 17 when they host neighborhood rival Penn at the Daskalakis Athletic Center with the Cheesesteak Trophy on the line. Drexel will also honor its seniors before the match.
141: Kizhan Clarke (AU) DEC Julian Flores (DU), 3-1
149: No. 18 Michael Sprague (AU) MAJ Evan Barczak (DU), 10-2
157: No. 22 Garett Hammond (DU) DEC Eric Hong (AU), 6-3
165: No. 31 Ebed Jarrell (DU) MAJ Anthony Wokasch (AU), 12-4
174: No. 32 Austin Rose (DU) DEC Michael Eckhart (AU), 4-2
184: No. 26 Alex DeCiantis (DU) WBF Connor Allshouse (AU), 2:55
197: No. 17 Stephen Loiseau (DU) by forfeit
285: No. 26 Brett Dempsey (AU) WBF Sean O`Malley (DU), 6:18
125: Gage Curry (AU) DEC Zack Fuentes (DU), 3-2
133: No. 4 Austin DeSanto (DU) DEC No. 9 Josh Terao (AU), 12-10 (SV-1)