HONOLULU, Hawaii – Competing at the inaugural Aloha Open on Tuesday, the American University wrestling team was led by Honolulu native David Terao, who earned Outstanding Wrestler honors after capturing first place at 125 pounds.
The tournament was held in a round-robin format, with each wrestler competing against every other wrestler in his respective weight class. Along with American, the Aloha Open featured competitors from No. 2 Minnesota, No. 18 Oregon State and Oklahoma.
Terao, ranked 18th in the nation, posted a 4-0 record on the day, registering a fall and three decisions. In his first match of the day, Terao pinned Oklahoma's Sean Williams. He then earned wins over Minnesota's Jordan Bremer (6-1), Oregon State's Ronald Stevens (7-2) and Oklahoma's Ryan Millhof (5-4).
"David looked impressive today and really energized the local Honolulu crowd," said American head coach. "His high pace and big action made the fans come to their feet. We are very happy to see him earn the first Aloha Open title and take home the Outstanding Wrestler Award."
Meanwhile, junior John Boyle had an outstanding performance for the Eagles as well, finishing second at 157 pounds with a 3-1 record that included a pair of victories over nationally ranked opponents.
In his first match of the day, Boyle knocked off Oregon State's Alex Elder, ranked 20th nationally, in a 7-4 decision. After dropping a decision to top-ranked Dylan Ness of Minnesota, Boyle registered his second upset of the day, earning a 3-1 sudden victory over 11th-ranked Justin DeAngelis of Oklahoma. He finished competition with a 5-3 decision over Oregon State's Joey Delgado.
"John had a big day, arguably his biggest day as an AU Eagle," said Moore. "His victories over a pair of ranked opponents were a great example of the work he has put in. He's our captain and his effort proves that hard work pays off. I'm very happy for him."
The Eagles will face Oklahoma once again next week, when they host the Sooners in dual action on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.