BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After one day of action, three American University wrestlers remain in competition at the 2015 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships.
Juniors David Terao and John Boyle both went 2-0 on Friday to advance to the semifinals in their respective weight classes. Meanwhile, freshman Josh Terao posted a 2-1 mark and will compete in the consolation quarterfinals on Saturday. All three are guaranteed a top-eight finish and a trip to the podium.
David Terao, ranked 17th in the nation at 125 pounds, entered the weekend as the second seed in his weight class. He opened the day with a 14-2 major decision over Franklin & Marshall's Edgar Garcia. He then followed with a 6-3 decision over the seventh-seed, Johnson Mai of Columbia, to secure a top-four finish for the third straight season.
Boyle, ranked 19th nationally and seeded sixth in a deep 157-pound weight class, came from behind to take a 9-5 decision over Hofstra's Jahlani Callendar to start the day. In the quarterfinals, Boyle earned a win over third-seed Justin Staudenmayer of Brown by injury default to advance to the semifinals.
At 133 pounds, freshman Josh Terao entered as the fifth seed and started out strong in his first EIWA Tournament, scoring a 17-1 technical fall over Brown's Ezekiel Salvo. However, he came up short in his next match, dropping a close 4-3 decision to fourth-seeded Mark Grey of Cornell. He rebounded in the consolation bracket with another big victory, posting a 17-8 major decision over Franklin & Marshall's Patrick Quinlan.
In order to advance to the NCAA Championships, both David and Josh Terao need to finish in the top three in their respective weight classes. Meanwhile, Boyle has already secured his first NCAA appearance, as the EIWA will send seven wrestlers to the national tournament.
Sophomore Brett Dempsey also picked up a win at 197 pounds in the round of 16 for the Eagles, but dropped a pair of matches in the consolation bracket to end his weekend.
Meanwhile, freshmen Michael Sprague (141) and Jeric Kasunic (184) each earned a win in the consolation bracket after dropping their first-round matches, but were unable to get victories in the second round of wrestlebacks.
In the team standings, American currently sits in 13th place with 19 points. Cornell, the eight-time defending champion, sits atop the leaderboard with 93 points, just ahead of second-place host Lehigh (88 pts.).
Action continues tomorrow, beginning with the championship semifinals and third round of wrestlebacks at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, the EIWA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the championship finals.