Three Grapplers Advance to Second Day of Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational


No. 12 Daniel Mitchell advanced to Saturday's semifinals to lead the American University wrestling team at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.

Mitchell picked up a fall in 6:58 over Colorado State's Riley Argyle in his first match of the day and registered a 7-1 decision over Virginia's Zach Nye. He earned a 10-2 major decision over Paul Rands of Brown to advance to tomorrow's semifinals where he will face off against No. 2 Taylor Meeks. 

No. 20 David Terao will also compete tomorrow in the consolation bracket. He also recorded a fall in his first match of the day against North Idaho's Jared Miller and picked up his first upset of the tournament with a 3-2 decision over No. 18 Joey Dance of Virginia Tech. But Terao ended up on the short end of a 5-0 decision to No. 2 Nahshon Garrett of Cornell in the quarterfinals. He will take on North Carolina's Micah Perez in his next bout.

No. 13 Blake Herrin is the final Eagles' grappler to make it to the second day of the tournament. He earned an 8-1 decision over Air Force's Marcus Malecek and 10-1 major decision to Ryder Cavey of Brown. But Herrin suffered his first loss of the tournament in a close 3-2 decision to Utah Valley's Adam Fager. Herrin will take on Rutgers' William Smith tomorrow. 

American is in 13th place in the team standings at the end of the first day. Oklahoma leads the overall results with 84.5 points.

The action gets underway at 9 a.m. tomorrow with the consolation brackets. Semifinals will begin at 10 a.m.