American comes from behind to defeat George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Four straight wins in the latter half of the match fueled American University wrestling to an 18-14, come-from-behind win at George Mason in a road dual meet. The Eagles (4-7) twice scored bonus points while the Patriots (8-9) did so only once and also lost two team points for unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • Sal Profaci (141) started off the meet with his eighth straight win and did so in shutout fashion, taking down ranked opponent Alex Madrigal by 10-0 major decision.
  • In an upset between two more ranked opponents, Kizhan Clarke (149) suffered just his second loss of the dual season in a 4-1 decision against Colston DiBlasi.
  • Three more AU losses followed, putting the Eagles down 13-4 halfway through the meet.
  • Tanner Harvey (184) brought the momentum back in the Eagles' favor against Paul Pierce. He led 17-5 after two periods, and a takedown just 33 seconds into the 3rd period ended it with a tech fall victory, 20-5.
  • Facing Ali Salem, AU's William Jarrell earned his first collegiate dual win by decision, 4-2 at 197 pounds.
  • The run continued with a 4-2 decision for Niko Camacho at 285, and Gage Curry gave AU an 18-13 lead with a 3-1 decision at 125 pounds.
  • The final match went to Mason at 133, but Joshua Vega did well to give up no bonus points for the Eagles, who won 18-14 after the two team points taken off George Mason's total.

    141 - Sal Profaci (AU) major dec. Alex Madrigal (GMU), 10-0 (AU 4-0)
    149 - Colston DiBlasi (GMU) dec. Kizhan Clarke (AU), 4-1 (AU 4-3)
    157 - Kolby Ho (GMU) dec. Ethan Karsten (AU), 11-5 (GMU 6-4)
    165 - Neil Schuster (GMU) dec. Tim Fitzpatrick (AU), 7-4 (GMU 9-4)
    174 - Anthony Lombardo (GMU) major dec. Anthony Wokasch (AU), 15-1 (GMU 13-4)
    184 - Tanner Harvey (AU) tech. fall Paul Pierce (GMU), 20-5 (GMU 13-9)
    197 - William Jarrell (AU) dec. Ali Salem (GMU), 4-2 (GMU 13-12)
    285 - Niko Camacho (AU) dec. Jake Slinger (GMU), 4-2 (AU 15-13)
    125 - Gage Curry (AU) dec. Talha Farooq (GMU), 3-1 (AU 18-13)
    133 - Josh Jones (GMU) dec. Joshua Vega (AU), 9-3 (AU 18-16)
    George Mason mat control violation -2.0 (Final: AU 18-14)

    The final dual meet of the season will be the toughest yet for the Eagles, who travel to #2 Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 23 at noon.
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