BETHLEHEM, Pa. – American University juniors David Terao and John Boyle each placed second in their respective weight classes at the 2015 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships held at Stabler Arena.
The dual runner-up showing marked the first time since 2012 that the Eagles have landed more than one wrestler in the EIWA finals.
"We're very happy for David and John for being able to punch their tickets through to the national championships," said American head coach Teague Moore. "Ending up second in the conference is good, even though I know it's not their goal—they wanted to leave with titles. But it's a huge step forward."
David Terao, seeded second in this year's tournament and ranked 17th nationally, finished as the runner-up at 125 pounds for the second straight season. He faced off against top-seeded Nahshon Garrett of Cornell, the two-time defending EIWA champion, in the title match.
Although Terao scored the first takedown of the match, he was unable to get past Garrett, dropping a 9-5 decision to the fifth-ranked wrestler in the nation.
"David took second again against another great opponent, but he closed the gap a little bit on that opponent with his match tonight, so we're happy with that," said Moore.
Boyle, seeded sixth and ranked 19th in the nation at 157 pounds, earned his first EIWA podium showing after compiling a combined 2-4 record in his first two EIWA appearances.
He also faced off against the top seed in his weight class for the title, taking on fourth-ranked Brian Realbuto of Cornell in the title bout. Unfortunately, Boyle was unable to complete his run through the tournament, dropping a 6-1 decision.
Meanwhile, freshman Josh Terao captured a sixth-place showing at 133 pounds in his first EIWA appearance.
Josh Terao, who entered the tournament as the fifth seed at 133 pounds, came up short in a tough battle, dropping a 5-3 decision to seventh-seed Grim Gonzalez of Bucknell in the fifth-place match. With the loss, he concluded the weekend with a 3-3 record.
"Josh made his way to the podium, taking sixth as a true freshman, which is a huge accomplishment in this tournament and the caliber of competition in his weight class," said Moore. "I'm very happy with how Josh has progressed this season."
As a team, American finished 11th in the standings with 47.5 points. Meanwhile, Cornell captured its ninth-straight team title, scoring 176 points.
"Overall, we would have obviously liked to see better performances," said Moore, "but looking at those guys who didn't make it to the podium, they're all freshmen and sophomores, and they're going to be back, and they know what they've got to do to improve."
David Terao and Boyle, who both earned automatic NCAA bids with their finishes on Saturday, will compete at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, being held March 19-21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Brackets for the tournament, including the announcement of all 70 at-large qualifiers, will be released on Wednesday, March 11.