Herrin Repeats as Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Champion; Wrestling Places Nine on Podium


No. 17 Blake Herrin won his second straight title at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold, leading the American University wrestling team as nine total grapplers reached the podium.

Herrin posted three straight decisions on his way to the title, earning victories over Zach Merrill of Oklahoma, 7-4, Buffalo's James Benjamin, 11-4, and Ross Larson of Oklahoma, 4-3, in the championship bout.

"Blake earned his victories today and it's a great day to build off of for him this season," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "Overall we have a lot that we can get better from today. Our offense was not crisp and it took a few matches for people to look comfortable. However there are a lot of good things to take away from this experience."

No. 18 David Terao also had a strong day registering a runner-up finish at 125 lbs. Terao opened his day with a 24-8 technical fall over Brockport's Dillon Stowell and recorded a 12-6 decision over Max Soria of Buffalo to advance to the championship match. He faced No. 5 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma in the championship and was edged in a tough 5-3 decision.

No. 13 Daniel Mitchell had another top finish for the Eagles, placing third at 197 lbs. He began his run with a pin in 3:25 over Paul Glover of Brockport before dropping a tough 3-2 decision to No. 10 Rich Perry of Bloomsburg. Mitchell rebounded with back-to-back decisions, including a 7-2 win over Army's Bryce Barnes for third place.

American had a pair of wrestlers reach the podium at 133 lbs. Esteban Gomez-Rivera finished fourth with a 3-2 record, scoring bonus points in his opening match by pinning Brockport's Kevin O'Hagen in 2:12. He lost to No. 5 Cody Brewer of Oklahoma by technical fall, 16-1, to drop to the consolation bracket and ended up on the short end of a 6-4 decision in the third-place bout. Spencer Slishman also wrestled at 133 lbs., finishing with a 3-3 mark with one major decision in the competition on his way to a sixth place result.

John Boyle went 4-2 at 157 lbs. on his way to a fourth place finish. He bounced back from an opening round loss to register four straight decisions before being edged in a 6-5 decision to Bloomsburg's Kevin Hartnett. Mark Cirello placed fifth at 149 lbs., going 4-2 and posting a technical fall, 17-1, over Brockport's Xavier Thomas and pinning Army's Connor Melde in 3:43. In his final match, Cirello earned a 6-1 decision over Brockport's Jordan Dyer. Keithen Cast bounced back from an opening round loss at 174 lbs. to register a fall over Brockport's Roy Daniels in 3:13 and secured fifth place with a 6-1 decision over Buffalo's Jared Lux. Marcos Peralta earned a sixth place result at 165 lbs., posting a 2-3 record.

American finished fifth in the team competition with 91 points. No. 5 Oklahoma won the team title with 168 total points.

The Eagles return to the mat for its first dual of the year at Virginia Tech on Sunday, November 17 at 5 p.m.