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.