LAS VEGAS – Sophomore Jack Mutchnik finished eighth in the 141-pound bracket Saturday to lead American University performances at the 2016 Cliff Keen Wrestling Invitational.
The third-seeded Terao opened Saturday's competition with No. 8-seed Markus Simmons of Iowa State. Terao fell behind 12-1 in the second period before mounting a comeback. He scored 10 points in the third period, but fell 16-14.
"A big congratulations to Jack, who dug deep and continues to prove his status on the national scene," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "Overall we wrestled well and earned some good wins. We fell short of more-place winners but showed progress.
Jason Grimes went 3-2 for the Eagles at 184. After losing his opener, he came back with a major decision and two first-period falls (0:42 over Jerald Spohn of Kent State and 0:53 over Boise State's Kaydn Del Toro) before losing in overtime in his final match.
Michael Sprague lost to the top seed in the 149-pound bracket before winning his next three bouts but losing 5-4 in the last match on Friday.