Last night, American University hosted #21 Maryland in a non-conference dual between two DMV (District/Maryland/Virginia) neighbors. It was the first action of the 2023-24 season for both squads. The dual started off with some fireworks at 125 lbs in a battle of 2023 NCAA qualifiers. American's #30 Jack Maida moved down from 133 lbs in the offseason and quickly found himself down against returning NCAA Round of 12 finisher #15 Braxton Brown. Maida turned the tables and outlasted Brown for a 13-4 major decision. From there, Maryland generally flexed their muscles; however, not without a fight from American, who proved to be very tough on the mat. The final score ended up 30-7 in favor of the Terps.
After the dual we spoke with both head coaches and a pair of wrestlers from the winning side.