The American University wrestling team is sending three student-athletes to the 2014 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. from March 20-22. American’s line-up features returning NCAA qualifiers Blake Herrin, Daniel Mitchell and David Terao.
What to Watch For
American will send three returning NCAA qualifiers onto the mat in Oklahoma City as they look to join the elite ranks of the program’s All-Americans. The Eagles have had 16 All-Americans in the last nine years and have registered five top 20 finishes in that time, recording a program-best fifth place result in 2011.
Mitchell makes his fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and his first since the 2011-12 championships after redshirting a year ago. He earned an automatic bid to the tournament after placing third at the EIWA Championships at 197 lbs. Mitchell is 24-7 this year and leads the team with nine falls. The redshirt senior has also posted four major decisions on the year and placed in every tournament he competed in, finishing second at the Keystone Classic and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational while earning a third place result at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold.
Terao returns to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year at 125 lbs. after placing second at the EIWA Tournament to earn an automatic bid. He leads the team with an overall record of 32-8 and has tallied a team-high eight major decisions, six falls and two tech falls on the year. Terao placed in every tournament he competed in this season, winning the Keystone Classic with runner-up results at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold and EIWA Championships. He also finished fourth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Southern Scuffle.
Herrin is also returning to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year at heavyweight for American. The redshirt senior owns a mark of 19-14 this season and placed fourth at the EIWA Championships to earn an automatic bid to Oklahoma City. He ranks second on the team with five major decisions and posted his first fall of the year in his first round match of the EIWA Tournament. Herrin is a two-time Brockport/Oklahoma Gold champion.
On the Big Screen...
Every match of the 2014 NCAA Championships will be broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks, with coverage of every single mat though the entire tournament. ESPNU will air the first and second sessions as well as the quarterfinals and medal round. ESPN will televise both the semifinal matches and the finals of the 2014 championships. All six sessions will also be available on the WatchESPN app or online at ESPN3.com.
...And On Your Computer/Mobile Device
In addition to the television coverage, you can follow all of the action on Twitter by using the hashtag, #AUmatness. @AU_Wrestling will be tweeting live updates throughout the tournament and will be answering questions during the week. Coverage will begin with the first session on Thursday and will follow American’s wrestlers through the entirety of their competition. Coverage will include match updates, team standings and in-depth looks at the Eagles’ grapplers looking to reach the podium.
Building a National Program
The Eagles have excelled over the last nine seasons, earning 16 All-Americans and crowning the program’s lone national champion in 2007 when Josh Glenn ‘08 claimed the 197 lbs. title. Beyond the mat, 26 student-athletes have earned Academic All-America status since 2005, including American’s Kevin Tao ’13 who was honored for the second time in his career last season. AU has also been named the NWCA Champions of the Classroom twice (2008 and 2009).