Terao Wins Bracket at Navy Classic

Josh Terao wrestles an opponent from Campbell

ANNAPOLISJosh Terao made the most of his No. 1 seeding at 133 pounds, compiling five victories and winning the individual championship Saturday at the Navy Classic wrestling tournament.

Terao, who is ranked as high as 11th nationally, edged Cameron Kelly of Ohio Univ., 4-3, in the final to win the bracket. Two of his wins were by major decisions and he opened with a technical fall.

Jeric Kasunic and Michael Sprague also made their way to final bouts, and each earned a second-place finish. Redshirt freshman Gage Curry also placed for the Eagles, finishing third at 125 pounds.

Kasunic, seeded fourth at 197 pounds, opened the day with two major decisions and won twice more to reach the final. Corey Griego of Oregon State picked up a 5-3 decision over Kasunic in the championship bout.

Sprague matched his pre-tournament seed by finishing second at 149 pounds. He won four decisions on his way to the final, where he lost 8-4 to Matthew Kolodzik of Princeton.

Curry, seeded fourth at 125, won twice before losing in the semifinal. He edged Elijah Oliver of Indiana, 3-2, in the third-place match.

"Overall the squad showed resiliency with today's performance," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "Josh led the way with a dominant performance at 133. His execution and follow-through is looking much better compared to just six days ago. I'm proud of his effort and performance.

"Michael and Jeric both showed great poise on their way to the finals. Michael continues to improve his hand fighting, which we believe is the next step in his development to become a national contender. Jeric beat the No. 1 seed because he executed solid offense on his feet. His best performances are yet to come, but adding takedowns to his good top game will make him into an All-American. 
"Gage put together a good day, showing that he can win tight matches and continues to improve every week. Gage's fight was visible today and that made him tough to beat.
"This performance allows us to prepare for Vegas knowing what must happen to compete well. We get some time to reflect over Thanksgiving, and then we plan to bring the same effort to Vegas."
Freshman Eric Hong (157) also won three times for the Eagles, as did Garrett Clifford (133), Kizhan Clarke (141) and Michael Eckhart (165).

American placed sixth in the team standings with 72.5 points. Navy won the event with 112.5, getting seven place-winners. Purdue was second at 100.5, with Old Dominion third at 98.5.

The Eagles are off for the Thanksgiving Holiday before wrestling again at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 1 and 2.

AU results from the Navy Classic:


125 – GAGE CURRY (Finished 3rd)

      Curry (AU) dec. Matteo DeVincenzo (Princeton), 9-6

      Curry (AU) dec. Korbin Meink (Campbell), 6-3

      Luke Welch (Purdue) pinned Curry, 6:08

      Curry (AU) dec. Elijah Oliver (Indiana), 3-2



      Clifford (AU) dec. Vinny Vespa (Hofstra), 4-3

      Kegan Calkins (Oregon State) major dec. Clifford, 12-4

      Clifford (AU) dec. David Campbell (Bucknell), 10-5

      Clifford (AU) dec. Chris Scorese (Columbia), 12-5

      Caleb Richardson (ODU) major dec. Clifford, 16-4


133 – JOSH TERAO (Finished 1st)

      Terao (AU) tech. fall over Harry Reuer (Kent State), 16-1

      Terao (AU) major dec. Garrett Lambert (Hofstra), 12-4

      Terao (AU) major dec. Hunter Kosco (Brown), 10-1

      Terao (AU) dec. Nathan Boston (Campbell), 6-2

      Terao (AU) dec. Cameron Kelly (Ohio Univ.), 4-3



      Clarke (AU) dec. Jimmy Pawelski (Brown), 8-2

      Clarke (AU) dec. Wyatt Long (Navy), 6-2

      Tyler Smith (Bucknell) dec. Clarke, 9-3

      Clarke (AU) dec. Jonathan Ryan (Campbell), 6-3

      Alec Hagan (Ohio Univ.) dec. Clarke, 5-2



      Mutchnik (AU) dec. Jonathan Ryan (Campbell), 2-1

      Nicholas Gil (Navy) dec. Mutchnik, 2-0

      Tejon Anthony (George Mason) dec. Mutchnik, 3-2


149 – MICHAEL SPRAGUE (Finished 2nd)

      Sprague (AU) dec. Kurt Mode (Oregon State), 5-2

      Sprague (AU) dec. Corey Wilding (Navy), 4-1

      Sprague (AU) dec. Austin Nash (Purdue), 5-0

      Sprague (AU) dec. Jacob MacAlolooy (Columbia), 3-2

      Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) dec. Sprague, 8-4 *** Championship



      Rob Duxbury (Delaware Valley) dec. Murphy, 6-0

      Koby Reyes (Purdue) dec. Murphy, 10-3



      Matt Lattanze (Brown) tech. fall over Conte, 16-1

      John Kenyon (Navy) pinned Conte, 2:06



      Austin Kraisser (Campbell) dec. Hong, 7-5

      Hong (AU) pinned Chris Richardson (Delaware Valley), 1 :56

      Hong (AU) dec. Cole Wysocki, 5-3

      Hong (AU) dec. Quentin Hovis (Navy), 7-5

      Hunter Willits (Oregon State) major dec. Hong, 12-3



      Wokasch (AU) pinned Creed Lumpp (George Mason), 6:15

      Zachary Davis (Navy) dec. Wokasch, 6-1

      Casey Cowan (Navy) dec. Wokasch, 6-3



      John Weiss (Campbell) tech. fall over Dempsey, 18-2

      Ben Schram (ODU) pinned Dempsey, 2:17



      Austin Reese (Ohio Univ.) major dec. Shannon, 11-1

      Max Elling (Columbia) pinned Shannon, 1:19



      Isaac Bast (Kent State) dec. Eckhart, 3-1

      Eckhart (AU) pinned William Curtis (Citadel), 4:23

      Eckhart (AU) dec. Luke Drugac (ODU), 7-4

      Eckhart (AU) major dec. Anthony Snyder (Delaware Valley), 12-0

      Austin Reese (Ohio Univ.) pinned Eckhart, 4:45



      Nick Stephani (Bucknell) dec. Allshouse, 4-2

      Gabe Koontz (Indiana) major dec. Allshouse, 11-1



      Correa-Medina (AU) dec. Spencer Irick (Indiana), 3-2

      Max Lyon (Purdue) pinned Correa-Medina, 1:56

      Alex Benoit (Navy) pinned Correa-Medina, 1:40



      Jon Morales (Purdue) dec. Hyeamang, 4-2

      Hyeamang (AU) major dec. David Furmato (Delaware Valley), 11-3

      Connor Doyle (Navy) dec. Hyeamang, 5-4


197 – JERIC KASUNIC (Finished 2nd)

      Kasunic (AU) major dec. Mike Oxley (Hofstra), 13-2

      Kasunic (AU) major dec. John D'Agostino (ODU), 12-2

      Kasunic (AU) dec. Garrett Hoffman (Bucknell), 6-5

      Kasunic (AU) dec. Christian Brunner (Purdue), 10-4

      Corey Griego (Oregon State) dec. Kasunic, 5-3