#10 Terao, Herrin Advance to Semifinals; #11 Mitchell, Gomez-Rivera Also Set to Place at 2014 EIWA Championships


Four American University wrestlers remain in the competition and are guaranteed to make the podium after the first day of the 2014 EIWA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

No. 10 David Terao and Blake Herrin advanced to the championship semifinals with Terao securing a spot in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. No. 11 Daniel Mitchell and Esteban Gomez-Rivera will wrestle in the consolation quarterfinals and are guaranteed at least a top eight finish. Herrin needs to place in the top four, Mitchell in the top seven and Gomez-Rivera in the top three to earn their weight classes' qualifying bids to the NCAA Championships.

American is tied for 10th in the team standings with 42 points. Cornell is first in the team standings with 93 points followed by Lehigh (63.5), Rutgers (62.5), Hofstra (54) and Columbia (51).

Action will get underway tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. Follow #AUmatness and @AU_Wrestling on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

125 lbs. – 2nd-seed David Terao

Terao picked up a 9-2 decision over Columbia's Penn Gottfried in his first match of the day. He earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to tomorrow's semifinals by pinning Boston U.'s Chris McGinley in 2:48. Terao will face the third-seed Jamie Franco of Hofstra in the semifinals.

Round of 16: Terao dec. Penn Gottfried (Columbia), 9-2
Quarterfinals: Terao fall Chris McGinley (Boston U.), 2:48

133 lbs. – Esteban Gomez-Rivera

Gomez-Rivera upset the 3-seed Colton Rasche of Navy in his round of 16 bout. He recorded the first takedown and was able to come up with the escape at the start of the third for the 3-2 edge, holding off Rasche in the closing minute on his way to the upset.  Gomez-Rivera trailed 10-4 heading into the third period of his quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Kevin Devoy of Drexel. He fought back to cut Devoy's advantage to six but was unable to come back as he fell in a 17-8 major decision. Grimaldi Gonzalez of Bucknell struck first in the consolation match but Gomez-Rivera was able to tie it up and send the match to overtime, where he scored the winning takedown for the 7-5 decision to advance to tomorrow's medal matches. He will face the seven-seed Jeffrey Ott of Harvard. 

Round of 16: Gomez- Rivera dec. 3rd-seed Colton Rasche (Navy), 3-2
Quarterfinals: 6th-seed Kevin Devoy (Drexel) major dec. Gomez-Rivera, 17-8
Consolation 3rd Round: Gomez-Rivera dec. Grimaldi Gonzalez (Bucknell), 7-5 (SV-1)

141 lbs. – Tom Page

Page dropped an 8-4 decision to second-seeded Michael Nevinger of Cornell in his first match. He trailed by two heading into the third period but Nevinger tallied three straight points to start the final period on his way to the 8-4 win. Page was eliminated following a 5-3 loss to the seventh-seed Matt Bystol of Columbia. 

Round of 16: 2nd-seed Michael Nevinger (Cornell) dec. Page, 8-4
Consolation 2nd Round: 7th-seed Matt Bystol (Columbia) dec. Page, 5-3

149 lbs. – Cole Moseley

After three early points by the sixth-seed Victor Lopez of Bucknell, Moseley scored a reversal to make it a one-point match. But Lopez was able to get another reversal and build up a riding time advantage for the 6-2 decision. Penn's Andrew Lenzi took a 2-0 lead and Moseley tied it up with escapes in the first and third period but Lenzi was able to score a takedown with 10 seconds to go for the 4-2 decision.

Round of 16: 6th-seed Victor Lopez (Bucknell) dec. Moseley, 6-2
Consolation 2nd Round: Andrew Lenzi (Pennsylvania) dec. Moseley, 4-2

157 lbs. – John Boyle

Boyle picked up an 8-2 decision in his pigtail bout against Hofstra's Jahlani Callendar. He jumped out to a 4-1 advantage in the first period and was able to maintain his advantage through the match on his way to the 8-2 victory. He was then edged by the fifth-seed Paul Hancock of Army in a 2-0 decision. Boyle led fourth-seed Raamiah Bethea of Penn 3-2 at the start of the third period. Bethea scored a takedown to take the lead but Boyle's riding time advantage was able to send it to overtime. Bethea got an escape in the first tiebreaker period for the 5-4 decision.

Pigtail Round: Boyle dec. Jahlani Callender (Hofstra), 8-2
Round of 16: 5th-seed Paul Hancock (Army) dec. Boyle, 2-0
Consolation 2nd Round: 4th-seed Raamiah Bethea (Pennsylvania) dec. Boyle, 5-4 (TB-1) 

165 lbs. – Cristian Masaya

Masaya dropped an 8-0 major decision to Binghamton's Vincent Grella in his pigtail match. He was then pinned by Lehigh's Benjamen Haas in his consolation pigtail.

Pigtail Round: Vincent Grella (Binghamton) major dec. Masaya, 8-0
Consolation 1st Round: Benjamen Haas (Lehigh) fall Masaya, 3:47

174 lbs. – Keithen Cast

Cast kicked off his tournament with an 8-2 decision over Binghamton's Jack McKeever. He led 2-0 in the first period and scored a pair of takedowns for the 8-2 win. Cast was then edged in his round of 16 match by the fourth-seed George Pickett of Cornell and picked up a 7-4 decision over Sacred Heart's Zachary Moran in his consolation pigtail. Cast registered a 6-1 decision in his next consolation match, defeating Franklin & Marshall's Colin Gironda. He dropped his final bout of the day, an 8-3 decision to the seventh-seed Richard McDonald of Brown.

Pigtail Round: Cast dec. Jack McKeever (Binghamton), 8-2
Round of 16: 4th-seed George Pickett (Cornell) dec. Cast, 4-1
Consolation 1st Round: Cast dec. Zachary Moran (Sacred Heart), 7-4
Consolation 2nd Round: Cast dec. Colin Gironda (Franklin & Marshall), 6-1
Consolation 3rd Round: 7th-seed Richard McDonald (Brown) dec. Cast, 8-3

184 lbs. – Jason Grimes

Grimes faced the seventh-seed Zachary Diekel of Lehigh in his first match and jumped out to an 8-2 lead with near fall points in the second period. Diekel had a takedown to start the third but Grimes was able to get the escape and held a riding time advantage for the 10-4 decision. Grimes was edged by the second-seed Lawrence Thomas of Penn in his quarterfinal, dropping a 7-2 decision, and fell in his consolation match, 6-2, to the fourth-seed Ryan Tompkins of Army. 

Round of 16: Grimes dec. 7th-seed Zachary Diekel (Lehigh), 10-4
Quarterfinals: 2nd-seed Lawrence Thomas (Pennsylvania) dec. Grimes, 7-2
Consolation 3rd Round: 4th-seed Ryan Tompkins (Army) dec. Grimes, 6-2 

197 lbs. – 3rd-seed Daniel Mitchell

Mitchell pinned Franklin & Marshall's Charles Kerkesner in 1:36 to open his EIWA Championships run. In his quarterfinal match, the sixth-seed Abram Ayala was able to get the escape in the third period and hold off Mitchell's attempts at a late takedown for the 4-3 decision. He bounced back with a first period fall over Rutgers' Hayden Hrymack, pinning him in 1:24 for his fastest fall of the season. Mitchell will face the 10-seed Francis Mattiace of Penn for a guaranteed spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Round of 16: Mitchell fall Charles Kerkesner (F&M), 1:36
Quarterfinals: 6th-seed Abram Ayala (Princeton) dec. Mitchell, 4-3
Consolation 3rd Round: Mitchell fall Hayden Hrymack (Rutgers), 1:24 

HWT - 4th-seed Blake Herrin

Herrin opened his tournament run with a second period fall, registering his first of the year by pinning Franklin & Marshall's Alexander Henry in 3:42. He then advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year with an 8-5 decision over the fifth-seed Jacob Aiken-Phillips of Cornell. Herrin will take on top-seeded Billy Smith of Rutgers in the semifinal.

Round of 16: Herrin fall Alexander Henry (F&M), 3:42
Quarterfinals: Herrin dec. 5th-seed Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell), 8-5