The results are in and the fans have voted American’s fifth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships as the top moment from the 2010-11 wrestling season. Votes were collected via the American University Wrestling Facebook Fan Page giving fans the opportunity to voice their opinion about their favorite moments and storylines from this past season.
1. Wrestling Places 5th at NCAA Championships
Led by All-Americans Ryan Flores, Steve Fittery and Ganbayar Sanjaa, the Eagles set a new program record with a fifth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships. American earned a total of 65 points, just 5.5 points shy of Oklahoma State for fourth, as a record six Eagles took to the mat in Philadelphia, Pa.
2. Flores, Mitchell Post Top 5 GPA's in Div. I Wrestling
NCAA runner-up Ryan Flores and Daniel Mitchell are ranked in the top five among individual GPA's in Div. I wrestling, according to the 2011 NWCA All-Academic Team released May 20. American placed second in the team rankings while earning a record six Academic All-America honors.
3. Flores Advances to Finals of NCAA Championships
No. 3 Ryan Flores broke a 0-0 tie versus No. 2 Jarod Trice with four points in the third period to advance to the finals of the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships Philadelphia, Pa. Flores became just the second Eagle in program history to reach the finals where he dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 1 Zach Rey of Lehigh to place second.
4. Fittery, Flores and Mariacher Lead #8 Wrestling to 4th Place at EIWA's
The No. 8 American University wrestling team sent three individuals to the finals of the 107th EIWA Championships in Lewisburg, Pa. and all three came out victorious to lead the Eagles to a program record fourth-place finish. No. 1 Steve Fittery, No. 2 Ryan Flores and No. 3 Matt Mariacher each won a championship for American, marking the first time the Eagles have had three title winners.
5. #8 Wrestling Posts School Record 14th Win on Senior Night
On the night American University honored the career of top-ranked Steve Fittery in his last home dual meet, the No. 8 wrestling team earned a 25-14 victory over Bucknell to set a new program record for most wins in a season. The Eagles wrapped up the dual meet portion of their schedule with a 14-7 overall mark and 3-2 in the EIWA, surpassing the previous record of 13 wins set in 2005-06.