The American University wrestling team heads to Bethlehem, Pa., this weekend, March 6-7, for the 111th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, hosted by Lehigh. Action begins both days at 10 a.m.
ABOUT THE EIWA CHAMPIONSHIPS...
The EIWA, which is the oldest wrestling conference in the nation, features 16 member institutions. The conference championships serve as a qualifying tournament for the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 19-21 in St. Louis, Mo.
This year, the EIWA will receive 43 automatic qualifiers, earning spots based on the final coaches' panel rankings, ratings percentage index (RPI) and Division I winning percentage. The breakdown of the 15 automatic bids per weight class for the EIWA is as follows: 125 (3), 133 (3), 141 (5), 149 (3), 157 (7), 165 (4), 174 (2), 184 (5), 197 (6) and 285 (5).
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 70 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 11.
LAST YEAR AT THE EIWA CHAMPIONSHIPS...
In 2014, Cornell captured its eighth-straight EIWA title, scoring 165.5 points to finish ahead of second-place Lehigh (101).
American finished tied for seventh in the team standings with 59.5 points., led by David Terao, who placed second at 125 pounds. For his performance, Terao earned an NCAA bid, along with Daniel Mitchell (third, 197) and Blake Herrin (fourth, HWT). Also reaching the podium for the Eagles was Esteban Gomez-Rivers, who placed seventh at 133 pounds.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES...
American finished the regular season with an 8-12 dual mark and 2-5 record against EIWA opponents. Junior David Terao leads the way for the Eagles with a 34-4 overall record, while team captain John Boyle has compiled a 33-7 ledger on the season.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS...
Junior David Terao is currently ranked by several different wrestling publications this season, rating 17th at 125 pounds by InterMat. He is also ranked 17th by The Open Mat and 18th by Amateur Wrestling News.
Team captain John Boyle has also made his way into the national rankings and is rated 19th at 157 pounds by InterMat and 20th by Amateur Wrestling News.
In the final coaches' panel rankings of the season, junior David Terao leads the way for American with a ranking of 18th at 125 pounds. Junior John Boyle is rated 22nd at 157 pounds, while freshman Jeric Kasunic is tied for 31st at 184 pounds. In addition, Terao is ranked 26th in the final RPI of the season.
The final rankings and RPI are two of the tools (along with winning percentage) used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
EAGLES IN THE RECORD BOOKS...
In his third year at American, junior David Terao has made his mark on the AU record books, ranking among the Eagles' leaders in several categories. He currently ranks sixth in career wins (96), fifth in career dual wins (43), seventh in career falls (20), fifth in career technical falls (8) and second in career major decisions (22).
Additionally, he has made several entries on the Eagles' single-season lists. With 34 victories this season, Terao has matched his own second-place mark for most wins in a season and is just one win shy of tying the AU record. He also ranks second in both dual victories (19) and major decisions (12) in a single season and is tied for third in single-season tech falls (5).
Meanwhile, junior John Boyle currently ranks tied for fourth in single-season wins at AU (33) and freshman Jeric Kasunic ranks fifth in single-season falls (11).