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    American defeats EIWA rival Harvard

    WASHINGTON -- The American University wrestling team rode bonus point victories from Jasen Borshoff, Jordan Lipp and Josh Glenn to a 26-13 victory over EIWA rival and No. 22-ranked Harvard, Sunday afternoon in Bender Arena.

    The Eagles won six of 10 matches on the day, kicked off by wins from Borshoff and Lipp. The elder of the brothers, Jasen, dominated the Crimson's Ryan Fitzgerald, scoring a takedown and three near falls in the first. He kept the pressure on in the second and scored another takedown and near fall for the 16-0 technical fall victory. Lipp matched his intensity, scrambling from the whistle to four takedowns in the first three minutes. The true sophomore, two-year starter for AU finally broke Brent Kakesako for the win by fall at the 4:37 mark of the second period.

    In perhaps the match of the day, Kyle Borshoff squared off against No. 13 Max Meltzer at 141. Borshoff, the unranked true freshman battled the entire way with the 2006 EIWA runner-up at 141 from Harvard. Borshoff almost scored in the first as he got in on a single leg that was successfully defended into a stalemate. The pair traded escapes to start the second and third period and were tied going into the last minute of the match. Borshoff shot in at the edge of the mat and was inches away from scoring a takedown, but Meltzer wiggled out of the position and caught the AU wrestler off balance for a takedown with 22 seconds left for the 3-1 lead. Borshoff would escape with 10 seconds to go, but was unsuccessful in his shot attempts.

    Harvard closed the team gap to 11-7 at 149 with an 8-0 win from No. 9 J.P. O'Connor over AU true freshman Adam Kriwinsky. The Eagles regained control, however, winning the next three matches to take a commanding 20-7 lead with three to go. Christopher Stout, in return from a shoulder injury, showed little signs of rust, scoring two takedowns and an escape plus riding time advantage in a 6-2 win. No. 17 Mike Cannon fell behind in the second period 4-3, but scored a takedown and rode out his opponent for the remainder of the match for the 6-4 win. Sophomore Rudy Rueda led his entire match at 174, scoring a takedown and a nearfall in the first period and two more takedowns plus riding time for the 10-4 win.

    The visitors would need big performances from its last three wrestlers to challenge for the win, but were unable to score any wins by bonus points the remainder of the match. Instead, after Anthony Fuschino battled No. 9 Louis Caputo to a 6-0 loss, Glenn made his season debut at 197. The 2006 All-American who totaled 21 pins last year, scored a takedown and then slapped a cradle on John Butler just 20 seconds into the match for the pin victory and match clincher. Even though the team match was technically over, there was more than just pride on the line in the day's heavyweight match between No. 8 Adam LoPiccolo and No. 2 Bode Ogunwole, the 2006 EIWA Champion. The pair have faced off twice in the past year with Ogunwole scoring narrow decision victories both times. That trend continued as Ogunwole was able to score a takedown on LoPiccolo in an action heavy first period. The AU junior and two-time NCAA qualifier would escape, but not before Ogunwole established a riding time advantage. Each scored an escape to start the second and third periods and LoPiccolo was unable to score a takedown in the last minute in the 4-2 loss. The

    With the win American moves to 2-4 on the year and 1-1 in the EIWA.

    The Eagles' wrestling squad will next be in action over the Christmas Break at the Midlands Tournament hosted by Northwestern. American will be sending a full squad for the first time in program history to the prestigious competition.

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