Kevin Tao posted the American University wrestling team's biggest upset this season at Session 1 of the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, upsetting third-seeded Donald Vinson of Binghamton in overtime to remain in the championship bracket.
Tao and Vinson met before this season, with Vinson pinning the senior in a dual meet. Tao tied it up in the third period with an escape to send it to overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory period the two went to tiebreakers, where a reversal from Tao gave him the 3-1 advantage and the upset.
American’s two other wrestlers, David Terao and Blake Herrin will wrestle in the wrestlebacks tonight after dropping their opening matches. Terao was pinned in the third period by seventh-seeded Nathan Kraisser of North Carolina and Herrin was edged in a 6-1 decision.
Penn State leads the team standings with 14.5 points after the first session. Session 2 gets underway tonight at 6:30 p.m. CST (7:30 p.m. EST).
David Terao – 125
Terao held a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period with the riding time advantage, but seventh-seeded Nathan Kraisser of North Carolina was able to get the third period fall in 6:27. Terao will take on 10th-seeded Josh Martinez of Air Force in the wrestlebacks to stay alive in the tournament.
Kevin Tao - 149
Third-seeded Donald Vinson of Binghamton took the 1-0 advantage on an escape in the second period for the first lead in the match. Tao tied it up in the third with an escape and neither was able to get the shot as the match went to overtime. In the first tiebreaker period, Tao came up with the reversal after Vinson started on top and held on for the 3-1 upset. He will face Navy’s Raymond Borja in a rematch of their EIWA consolation semifinal match.
Blake Herrin – HWT
Herrin dropped a 6-1 decision to Iowa State’s Matthew Gibson in the first round. Gibson scored the first takedown of the bout and was able to maintain his momentum for the victory. Herrin takes on Cornell’s Stryker Lane tonight in the wrestlebacks.