LAS VEGAS – American University faces its toughest wrestling test of the fall semester this weekend when it competes in the 37th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
The Eagles are one of 42 teams, including more than 30 Division I schools, that will battle in one of the nation's best regular-season tournaments. Eleven of the top 20 teams in the nation will be at the tournament.
Wrestling begins on Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. PST at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
AU had one of its best CKLV efforts a year ago when it finished 11th in the team standings. Josh Terao finished second in his weight class, Jeric Kasunic was third and Michael Sprague was eighth for the Eagles in 2017.
Terao has not wrestled this season due to off-season surgery, and Kasunic has become an assistant coach after graduation. Sprague hit the national scene with his CKLV finish last season and rode the momentum to his first qualification for the NCAA Nationals. He is now 8-2 and leads the Eagles in victories this season.
AU will also feature NCAA qualifier Gage Curry at 125. The redshirt sophomore is 4-0 this season and is ranked 25th nationally by Trackwrestling.com.
Tanner Harvey, last year's NJCAA national champion, takes his 5-1 record into the CKLV Invitational and will wrestle at 184.