BETHLEHEM, Pa. – American University juniors David Terao and John Boyle both won their semifinal matches on Saturday to advance to the finals at the 2015 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships.
Meanwhile, freshman Josh Terao went 1-1 in the first session on Saturday and will wrestle for fifth place in this evening's session.
David Terao, seeded second in this year's tournament and ranked 17th nationally at 125 pounds, faced third-seed Paul Petrov of Bucknell in his semifinal match on Saturday. The two met earlier this season, with Terao earning an 8-4 decision in dual action.
Looking to make his second straight appearance in the EIWA title bout and clinch his third NCAA berth in as many seasons, Terao earned a quick victory, pinning Petrov in the opening period. He moves on to face Cornell's top-seeded Nahshon Garrett, the two-time defending EIWA champion at 125.
"I've beaten [Petrov] twice before, so I knew if I just went out there and put it on him, I was going to come out on top," said Terao. "I didn't necessarily think I was going to pin him, but the opportunity presented itself, and I took it."
Boyle, seeded sixth and ranked 19th in the nation at 157 pounds, took on seventh-seed Noel Blanco of Drexel in his semifinal match. It was the second meeting between the two wrestlers this season, as Boyle picked up a 3-2 dual victory earlier this year.
Again, Boyle was able to come away with the win, scoring the only takedown of the match to earn a 3-2 decision. He advances to face top-seeded Brian Realbuto of Cornell in the title bout.
"We knew coming in here that even though I was the sixth seed, I could come out and make it to the finals," said Boyle. "I've had a lot of tight matches with these guys. I came out on the losing end a couple times, but we've trained and tried to fix that, and so far we've been successful."
Josh Terao, seeded fifth at 133 pounds won his bout in the consolation quarterfinals, defeating Navy's Zach Davis, 5-3. However, he was unable to get past the sixth seed, Columbia's Angelo Amenta, in the consolation semis, dropping a 7-3 decision. Terao will now face off against Grim Gonzalez of Bucknell for fifth place.
The final session of the EIWA Championships will begin following the EIWA Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 5 p.m. this evening.