Close Matches End Eagles' Season at NCAAs

Close Matches End Eagles' Season at NCAAs

ST. LOUIS – David Terao and John Boyle of American University had their seasons ended with losses Friday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships being held at the Scottrade Center.

Terao, who made his third straight appearance at nationals, fell short of a top-eight finish and All-America status. He set a school record for wins in a single season with a 39-7 mark.
 
He lost in the morning to top-seeded Alan Waters of Missouri in a 4-1 decision, then dropped an 8-5 decision to 11th-seed Jordan Conaway of Penn State in the consolation quarterfinals.
 
Boyle lost in the early session on Friday to Immanuel Kerr-Brown of Duke, losing 5-3 in overtime in a second-round consolation match.
 
Boyle finished his season with a 37-10 record, posting the second-most single-season victories in AU history, behind only his current teammate.
 
"The result for David wasn't what we wanted, but he wrestled well," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "We're disappointed, but we'll take some positives from the last two days and learn from the experience."
 
In Friday's evening session against Conaway, Terao got the first takedown, scoring in the opening 26 seconds. Terao nearly had another takedown later in the period, but video review kept the score 2-1.
 
Conaway got an early escape in the second to tie the score, then got a takedown with 1:41 left in the period.
 
Terao started down in the third period and got a reversal in the opening 16 seconds, but Conaway went ahead 5-4 with a quick escape. Conaway sealed the win with a takedown with 14 seconds left and got an extra point for riding time.
 
Terao lost to Waters for the second time this season, but made progress according to Moore. In a dual match at Missouri this season, Waters earned a 5-0 win.
 
"What are the positives to take away from it? We did not escape from him in the dual and we did here," Moore said. "We limited him in his scoring opportunity in his ride, compared to the dual meet."
 
Waters got the first takedown of the match with 26 seconds left in the first period. His lead went to 3-0 in the second when he scored on an escape.
 
Terao got an escape with 40 seconds left in the third period, but Waters' riding-time point made it a 4-1 final.

Boyle got a takedown with 19 seconds left in the first period, but Moore said he was too high after the move, allowing Kerr-Brown to get a reversal and tie the score with just eight seconds left in the period.

Kerr-Brown got a quick escape in the second period and Boyle tied the score with a six-second escape in the third to knot the score at 3-3.
 
In overtime, Boyle took a shot at a takedown early, but caught a knee to the chest in the process, according to Moore. Taking an injury timeout in overtime would have allowed Kerr-Brown to decide the starting position, which could have given him a chance at a quick score on an escape.
 
Instead, Boyle went back to the center and a neutral position, but Kerr-Brown scored the winning takedown with 28 seconds left in the overtime period.
 
"John's upset… He's put in a ton of work from where he was last year at this time into this season," said Moore. "He fell short of being an All-American, that's his goal. That's our goal for everybody on the team.
"John has nothing to hang his head about. He's an outstanding competitor, an outstanding leader for our program. He's the type of kid you want to see have success."