American edges Brown in dual home opener

WASHINGTON -- With back-to-back wins in the first two bouts of the night, American University wrestling took a lead on Brown and never lost it, ultimately winning 18-16 in the first home dual meet of the season. The Eagles won in six weight classes overall, each by decision.

  • Redshirt senior Sal Profaci set the tone with AU's biggest win of the night in the very first bout. Profaci scored four back points on his way to an 11-4 victory.
  • Keeping it going in the next bout was AU's top-ranked wrestler, Kizhan Clarke (149) who scored a takedown in the second period and won 6-2.
  • Tim Fitzpatrick edged his 165-pound opponent Kiran Srikanth in a low-scoring affair, 3-2.
  • With an escape and a takedown in the third period, Tanner Harvey pulled away from Brandon Kui and won 4-1, giving AU some distance at 12-6 after bout number six.
  • Niko Camacho (285) and Gage Curry (125) sealed the deal for the Eagles with wins of 7-2 and 3-0, respectively.
  • AU now stands at 1-3 overall and 1-1 in EIWA matches, while Brown is 0-1 with the AU match being its first of the year.

    "We had to get out there and put the work in today...last weekend we didn't feel like we really fought the fight. This whole week's practice was about being able to grind through a seven-minute match and I feel like we did that today. I was really happy with the way some of our guys went and scored offensive points. Niko Camacho did a really good job of getting after his opponent. Sal Profaci and Kizhan Clarke did as well...I'm happy for this win tonight."

    141 - #24 Sal Profaci (AU) dec. Jimmy Pawelski (Brown), 11-4 (AU 3-0)
    149 - #9 Kizhan Clarke (AU) dec. Ricky Cabanillas (Brown), 6-2 (AU 6-0)
    157 - Jack Bokina (Brown) dec. Elijah Murphy (AU), 6-0 (AU 6-3)
    165 - Tim Fitzpatrick (AU) dec. Kiran Srikanth (Brown), 3-2 (AU 9-3)
    174 - Bryce Rogers (Brown) dec. Ben Root (AU), 12-6 (AU 9-6)
    184 - #11 Tanner Harvey (AU) dec. Brandon Kui (Brown), 4-1 (AU 12-6)
    197 - Nino Bastianelli (Brown) tech. fall William Jarrell (AU), 23-8 (AU 12-11)
    285 - Niko Camacho (AU) dec. James Valentino (Brown), 7-2 (AU 15-11)
    125 - Gage Curry (AU) dec. Trey Keeley (Brown), 3-0 (AU 18-11)
    133 - Charlie Faber (Brown) tech. fall Daniel Kidd (AU), 18-2 (18-16)

    AU will face Drexel at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 for Alumni Day.
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