American pulls together for 18-15 EIWA win over Binghamton

WASHINGTON -- It came down to the final match and No. 26 Sal Profaci finished the job, earning American University wrestling's sixth win by decision and putting the Eagles on top of Binghamton, 18-15. The Bearcats fall to 3-9 overall and 2-7 in the EIWA, while AU now stands at 3-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

  • After giving up bonus points in all four of its losses to Navy one night ago, AU gave up just one bonus-point loss to Binghamton. For a second straight match, the Eagles took wins in six of 10 weight classes.
  • No. 7 Kizhan Clarke (149) set the tone early with four first-period takedowns against Binghamton's Matt Swanson. The margin got closer later on but Clarke held on for a 12-8 win.
  • Ethan Karsten (157) trailed Dylan Wood by a slim total for much of his match, but scored a late takedown and came away with the 7-6 win.
  • Keeping AU in the win column was Tim Fitzpatrick at 165. He scored an early six-point combo of takedown and back points to lead 6-1 after the first period. The lead held and Fitzpatrick went on to defeat Binghamton's Jacob Nolan, 10-7.
  • Another close match followed with Conner Allshouse (174) against Aidan Monteverdi. Allshouse trailed after two periods but went up in the third on a takedown, 4-3, and got the crowd into it later on, breaking a 4-4 tie with a late takedown for a 6-4 win.
  • Binghamton's top wrestler, No. 5 Lou DePrez, got the best of No. 23 Tanner Harvey with an 8-5 decision despite a strong comeback attempt by Harvey in the third period.
  • The Bearcats came within three points after a win at 285, but No. 24 Gage Curry picked up another AU win at 125. He took a 6-0 lead into the third period and won easily, 7-1.
  • Binghamton's Zack Trampe got the score tied 15-15 with one match left after winning by fall for six points.
  • Profaci had an early takedown that was challenged but confirmed, and he led 2-0 after the first period. It was then just a 2-1 lead heading into the third, but Profaci prevailed in an exciting finish, 3-2.

    "I would sum up this whole effort as a 10-man effort. We talked about it before we walked onto the mat that last night we kind of defeated ourselves in the four matches we lost by giving up big bonus points. Every guy tonight needed to do their part and in the end it absolutely shows. You've got multiple nationally ranked guys in both lineups. Kizhan struggled a little bit and came away with the decision. Their guy at 184 only came away with a decision. It goes to show that everybody was fighting, and I'm really proud of how our 10 guys stood up tonight."

    149: No. 7 Kizhan Clarke (AU) dec. Matt Swanson (Binghamton), 12-8 (AU 3-0)
    157: Ethan Karsten (AU) dec. Dylan Wood (Binghamton), 8-6 (AU 6-0)
    165: Tim Fitzpatrick (AU) dec. Jacob Nolan (Binghamton), 10-7 (AU 9-0)
    174: Conner Allshouse (AU) dec. Aidan Monteverdi (Binghamton), 6-4 (AU 12-0)
    184: No. 5 Lou DePrez (Binghamton) dec. No. 23 Tanner Harvey (AU), 8-6 (AU 12-3)
    197: Sam DePrez (Binghamton) dec. William Jarrell (AU), 4-0 (AU 12-6)
    285: Joe Doyle (Binghamton) dec. Niko Camacho (AU), 7-1 (AU 12-9)
    125: No. 24 Gage Curry (AU) dec. Tommaso Frezza (Binghamton), 7-1 (AU 15-9)
    133: Zack Trampe (Binghamton) pinned Joshua Vega (AU), 4:16 (Tied 15-15)
    141: No. 26 Sal Profaci (AU) dec. Anthony Sparacio (Binghamton), 3-2 (AU 18-15)

    AU will complete its home lineup this season by hosting Bucknell at noon on Sunday, Feb. 9.
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