Terao Wins Bracket at Patriot Open

Josh Terao wrestles an opponent

FAIRFAX, Va.Josh Terao continued his return from off-season surgery by rolling through his three matches to win his weight class Sunday at the Patriot Open, hosted by George Mason.

Terao got a pair of pins and a major decision to win the 133-pound title. 

Gage Curry and Tanner Harvey earned second-place finishes, with Kizhan Clarke and Colin Shannon taking third.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• Terao started the day with a 5:52 pin of Sam Book from Virginia and a 13-1 major decision over Chris Wright of Rider. He then led Malcolm Robinson of Rutgers, 9-6, at the end of the first period and pressed the advantage until getting the pin at 4:55. Terao is now 7-0 this season with three technical falls, three pins and a major decision.

• Curry reached the 125-pound final with decisions over Blair Orr of Penn and Reese Fry of Brown. He and Nicholas Aguilar of Rutgers went to overtime tied 1-1 in the championship, with Aguilar getting an escape in the first tie-breaker period to get the win.

• Harvey opened with a pin over Hunter DeLong of West Virginia, with his 41-second win being the fastest of the season by an Eagle. He got a takedown in the first sudden-victory period to beat Victor Marcelli of Virginia, 6-4. In the 184-pound final, Harvey rallied from down 5-1 but lost to Billy Janzer of Rutgers, 6-4.

• Clarke won his first two matches at 157, surviving his first match with a takedown in the second sudden-victory period. He lost 4-3 in the semifinal, but rolled 8-4 and 10-2 in the consolation semi and the third-place match. Against Jack Bokina of Brown in the third-place match, he led 4-1 and 7-1 after the opening periods and went on to win.

• At 174, Shannon earned a 13-3 major decision over John Ciaramella of Rutgers in his opener, but was pinned in the semifinals by eventual champion Neil Schuster of George Mason. He recovered with a 16-2 major over Jake Cook of NC State and edged Brinton Simington of Lock Haven, 2-0, in the third-place match.

Anthony Wokasch won a pair of matches at 165 pounds to earn sixth place, losing 10-9 to Jack Conway of Penn in the fifth-place match after recovering from an 8-2 deficit. He pinned Neil Antrassian of Penn in 2:37 to win his opening match.

COACH MOORE SAID:

"Congrats to Josh Terao on another tournament victory. He is dominating well in his victories and is bringing results to show he has what it takes to reach his goals this season. 

"Gage Curry and Tanner Harvey also performed well on their way to second-place finishes. Both were very close to earning titles and needed another takedown to do that."

NEXT UP

American wrestles after Finals Week on Dec. 20 at the Reno Tournament of Champions. The Eagles' first home event of the season is on Saturday, Jan. 12 in a dual match against Columbia.

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