No. 10 David Terao remains in the championship bracket at the conclusion of the first session of the 2014 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday afternoon.
Terao registered a reversal with 25 seconds remaining in his first round match against Old Dominion's Brandon Jeske to send it to overtime. The redshirt sophomore notched a pair of near fall points in the final seconds of the tiebreaker period for the 5-3 victory.
American's two other wrestlers, No. 13 Daniel Mitchell and Blake Herrin will wrestle in the wrestlebacks tonight after dropping their opening matches. Mitchell dropped a 4-2 decision to Timmy McCall of Wisconsin and Herrin was edged, 4-1, by 10th-seeded Jeremy Johnson of Ohio.
Penn State currently leads the team race with 16.5 points after the first session. Session 2 gets underway tonight at 6 p.m. CST (7 p.m. EST). Follow all of the action live on Twitter, www.twitter.com/AU_Wrestling.
10th-Seed David Terao – 125 lbs.
Terao advanced to the second round with a 5-3 decision over Old Dominion's Brandon Jeske. After a scoreless first period, Jeske had the escape in the second but Terao answered with one to start the third period. Jeske answered with a takedown to go back on top but Terao was able to get the reversal with 25 seconds remaining to send it to overtime. Terao secured the win on a near fall as the clock wound down in the first tiebreaker period. He will face Eastern Michigan's Jared Germaine in the second round.
13th-Seed Daniel Mitchell – 197 lbs.
Mitchell dropped his opening match of the NCAA Championships, 4-2, to Timmy McCall of Wisconsin. Mitchell took a 1-0 lead on an escape and tied it up at 2-all in the third period after a reversal by McCall. But McCall was able to score the late takedown for the 4-2 decision. Mitchell will face the winner of a consolation pigtail between Virginia's Zach Nye and Blake Rosholt of Oklahoma State.
Blake Herrin - HWT
Herrin was edged in his first round match, 3-1, by the No. 10 seed Jeremy Johnson of Ohio. Johnson went up 1-0 on an escape and Herrin was able to tie it up in the third period. Johnson scored a takedown after Herrin's escape for the 4-1 decision with riding time. Herrin will take on Pittsburgh's Patrick Tasser in the consolation bracket.