CHARLESTON, S.C. - Behind three individual wins, American University wrestling took second place among seven teams in the Battle at the Citadel on Sunday, the Eagles' opening meet of the 2019-20 season.
- AU earned a total of five podium finishes for the day including its three wins by Kizhan Clarke (149 pounds), Tanner Harvey (184 pounds) and Niko Camacho (285 pounds).
- Gage Curry took second at 125 pounds and Sal Profaci placed third at 141 pounds.
- Clarke scored an 11-5 victory over 14th-ranked Requir Van der Merwe of Stanford in his final bout of the day to complete a 4-0 finish. He scored a fall in 2:46 in his opening match vs. Old Dominion.
- Harvey took down two ODU opponents, one by a 14-2 major decision, after scoring a fall in 1:32 vs. his opening-round opponent from The Citadel.
- Camacho's final win was an impressive 8-0 major decision against The Citadel's Michael McAleavey. Camacho's first win of the day (3-0 overall) was a fall in 2:34.
- The run for Curry began with a 12-1 major decision but he was later edged 3-2 in the final.
- An impressive performance that didn't count for the team was turned in by newcomer and redshirt Ethan Karsten (Missouri transfer) at 157 pounds. Karsten sailed through round 1 with a fall in 37 seconds, won his semifinal bout and then lost 4-2 in the finals to place second overall.
- Profaci was edged 3-2 in his second bout before coming out of the consolation bracket with a 10-1 major decision over Jarred Papcsy of 10th-ranked NC State. He placed third overall after a 17-1 technical fall win over The Citadel's Jacob Dado.
- Other place-winners for AU included Abraham Correa-Medina (4th at 197), Ben Root (5th at 174) and Cole Painter(6th at 157).
- Colin Shannon wrestled at the Clarion Open and took fourth at 174 pounds.
"The total team effort was good today. Our three champions performed really well. Kizhan Clarke earned a very tough, hard-fought win. His finals opponent was ranked #14 and it took the entire seven minutes to secure the win. He showed an immense amount of heart and determination in that match. Tanner Harvey dominated throughout the event. He continued to attack when match victories were secured and that is what we want to see from our wrestlers. Niko Camacho showed great signs of improvement from last season. He has put in a lot of work and it showed today. We went 29-27 on the day. That's a good team effort at such an event. We will learn and build off of this in preparation for next week." - Head Coach Teague Moore