Big Weekend Earns @AU_Wrestling Some Attention

Three AU wrestlers placed at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

WASHINGTON – Josh Terao of American University Wrestling received some national attention after his second-place finish last weekend at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (CKLV).

TheOpenMat.com listed Terao in its recent article outlining the top 10 college wrestling performances of the week. Terao's defeats of 7th-ranked Dom Forys of Pitt and No. 5 Jack Mueller of Virginia moved him into the 133-pound championship.

Terao also opened the tournament with a win over 17th-ranked Ian Parker of Iowa State.

"… Josh put himself squarely in the All-American conversation with two of the biggest wins of his college career," wrote Alex Steen of TheOpenMat.com.

The CKLV drew 11 nationally ranked teams among its 46-team field, with Terao placing second, Jeric Kasunic finishing third at 197 and Michael Sprague placing eighth at 149.

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Its 11th-place showing in the team standings at the CKLV has moved American into the mix for the National Wrestling Coaches Association weekly poll.

For the first time this season, the Eagles received votes in the coaches' poll. AU was listed third among other teams receiving votes with four points. American was third among teams in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association behind only No. 5 Lehigh and No. 13 Cornell.

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Sprague made his first appearance of the season in individual weekly rankings. He was 18th by TheOpenMat, 19th by IntermatWrestle.com and 20th by FloWrestling. He went 3-3 at CKLV, with his three losses coming to nationally ranked opponents.

Terao moved up to ninth (Flo, TheOpenMat) and 10th (Intermat) nationally, while Kasunic was 11th (Flo), 12th (Intermat) and 13th (TheOpenMat).

American is off for finals until Dec. 22 when it travels to the Wilkes Open.