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. EIWA runner-up Blake Herrin and third-place finisher David Terao will be making their first career appearance at the championships.
The Eagles crowned two All-Americans at last year's NCAA Championships and finished in 19th place, marking the seventh straight year American placed in the top-30.
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, and received an at-large bid into the field.
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.
Be sure to check back with the NCAA Championships Homepage on AUeagles.com throughout the weekend for recaps, updated brackets, photos and videos. Follow AU_Wrestling on Twitter for live updates throughout the event. You can also get exclusive pictures and video highlights from Des Moines by checking out our Facebook page, Facebook.com/AU.Wrestling.
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.
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