The American University wrestling team is sending three student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa from March 21-23. American’s line-up features returning NCAA qualifier Kevin Tao with EIWA runner-up Blake Herrin and third-place finisher David Terao making their first career appearance.
2013 NCAA Qualifiers
125 lbs. - David Terao - Received his first NCAA bid
after placing third at EIWAs
149 lbs. - Kevin Tao - Making his second-straight NCAA appearance
HWT - Blake Herrin - Earned his first NCAA bid after his runner-up finish at EIWAs
What to Watch For
American will send one returning NCAA qualifier and two
wrestlers with 26-win seasons onto the mat in Des Moines as they
look to join the elite ranks of the program’s All-Americans.
The Eagles crowned two All-Americans at last year’s
championships and finished in 19th place, marking the seventh
straight year American placed in the top-30.
Tao returns to the NCAA Championships at 149 lbs. after receiving an at-large bid into the field. Herrin, the EIWA runner-up at heavyweight and Terao, a third-place finisher at 125 lbs., will make their first appearance.
Tao completed the year with a record of 24-13, posting a team-best five major decisions and adding seven falls. He placed fifth at the EIWA Championships, going 3-2 over the weekend.
Herrin owns American’s best record this season, finishing with a mark of 26-8 while adding three major decisions. He registered his first fall of the year in his opening round of the EIWA Championships, pinning Franklin & Marshall’s Alexander Henry in 4:46. Herrin went on to the championship round, where he fell to Navy’s Daniel Miller, 2-1, in the first tiebreaker period.
Terao accumulated the most wins of American’s wrestlers this season, tallying a record of 28-12. He made the podium in every tournament, opening the year with his second place finish at the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational and closing it out with his third place result at the EIWA Championships. Terao fell to sixth-ranked Nahshon Garrett of Cornell in a 3-1 decision in the semifinals, and bounced back with his fastest fall of the year, pinning Army’s Hunter Wood in 45 seconds. The redshirt freshman leads the team with 10 falls, while adding two major decisions and one technical fall.
On the Big Screen...
The 2013 NCAA Championships will be broadcast live in its entirety by the ESPN family of networks. ESPN3 will provide a live online video stream of all six sessions, which include sessions 1 and 2 on Thursday, March 21. Sessions 3, 4 and 5 will air live on ESPNU on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. The finals will be televised on ESPN on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET.
...And On Your Computer/Mobile Device
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