No. 12 Daniel Mitchell upset the second-ranked wrestler in the country on his way to a second place finish, leading the American University wrestling team at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.
Mitchell opened his day with a 4-2 decision over No. 2 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State to advance to the 197 lbs. championship. He faced No. 5 Travis Rutt of Oklahoma for the title but ended up on the short end of 6-4 decision.
"Danny Mitchell wrestled his best tournament yet as an AU Eagle," said Head Coach Teague Moore. "He defeated one of the best athletes in the country at his weight class and that proves he is a strong contender for the national title. Danny made big improvements since our last event and that shows great maturity. He also became the first AU athlete to reach the finals."
No. 20 David Terao finished fourth at 125 lbs. He pinned North Carolina State's Micah Perez in 6:05 in his first bout of the day and edged Iowa State's Earl Hall in a 5-4 decision. He registered an 11-3 major decision over No. 6 Tyler Cox to advance to the consolation finals but dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 8 Josh Martinez of Air Force to place fourth.
"David knocked off three higher ranked opponents and wrestled a great two days," said Moore. "This type of success shows he is a top contender for the nationals as well."
No. 13 Blake Herrin also competed in the second day of competition but ended up on the short end of a 5-4 decision to No. 18 William Smith of Rutgers.
The Eagles finished 13th in the team standings with 48.5 points. Oklahoma took home the title with 154.5 points.
American closes out 2013 with a dual at George Mason on Thursday, December 19 at George Mason at 7 p.m.