Eagles Conclude Opening Day at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Eagles Conclude Opening Day at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Led by junior captain John Boyle, the American University wrestling team wrapped up the opening day of competition at the 33rd-annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

With a 3-1 record on day one, Boyle will advance to tomorrow's competition, needing just one more victory to secure a top-eight finish. 

Boyle, who entered the tournament as the 10th seed at 157 pounds, earned a 9-4 decision over San Francisco State's Alexander Abono before dropping a major decision to seventh-seed Justin Staudenmayer of Brown.

Boyle rebounded with a pair of victories in the consolation bracket, defeating Hofstra's Jahlani Callender (3-2) and CSU Bakersfield's Spencer Hill (4-1). Next he will face eighth-seeded Joel Smith of Arizona State for a chance to place in the top eight.

Also earning multiple victories for the Eagles on Friday was junior David Terao, ranked eighth in the nation at 125 pounds, who posted a 2-2 record. 

After winning his first round match by technical fall, Terao dropped a 4-1 decision to 12th-seeded Chasen Tolbert of Utah Valley. In the consolation bracket, he earned a 9-1 major decision over Columbia's Johnson Mai, but was knocked out of the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Michigan's Conor Youtsey.

Other Eagles who posted victories on Friday were Tom Page (141), Brad Mutchnik (165) and Brett Dempsey (197).