WASHINGTON – American University wrestling head coach Teague Moore has announced the addition of seven student-athletes for the 2015-16 season.
"The 2015 American University Wrestling recruiting class is very unique, by far the most unique in my nine years of head coaching," said Moore. "It's a diverse set of backgrounds that can be combined to create a great environment for individual growth."
Three of this year's newcomers—Connor Borton, Andrew Doak and James Giaccia—join AU straight out of high school, while Jake Scanlan is coming off a year at the Olympic Training Center, where he focused on his freestyle career after winning a prep national title at Wyoming Seminary in 2014.
Colby Baker joins the Eagles after spending two seasons at Bloomsburg University [Pa.]. Meanwhile, Tyler Scotton and Mitchell Wightman come from Boston University, where they have already completed their undergraduate degrees. Both wrestlers, who have one year of eligibility remaining, each bring NCAA tournament experience to AU.
"Having Wightman and Scotton join our program is a tremendous addition to our lineup," said Moore. "With two returning NCAA qualifiers, David Terao and John Boyle, already in the room, we now have four men with NCAA Championship experience on the roster. It creates a good competitive environment in the practice room, while fueling our motivation because of the potential for success.
"Our goals are very specific at AU Wrestling: to win NCAA titles and become NCAA All-Americans and EIWA champions, all while striving to become Academic All-Americans. This incoming group of young men understands our goals both athletically and academically. They join a team that was ranked third academically in NCAA Wrestling, and as a program, we are primed to achieve new heights. We talk about striving for excellence every day here at AU, and this group of young men has the ability to continue this great legacy."
AU Wrestling Incoming Class
James Giaccia, 125/133 – Two-time California state qualifier … two-time SCVAL champion.
Connor Borton, 133 – Two-time Ohio state qualifier … two-time Junior Olympic medalist.
Tyler Scotton, 141 – Earned undergraduate degree from Boston University in May … 2014 NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds … placed fourth at 2014 EIWA Championships.
Colby Baker, 141 – Transfer from Bloomsburg University … four-time state qualifier in Florida … four-time district champion.
Andrew Doak, 157 – Four-time Pennsylvania state placewinner … all-time wins leader (158) in Indiana County, Pa.
Mitchell Wightman, 165 - Earned undergraduate degree from Boston University in May … 2014 NCAA qualifier at 165 pounds … placed fifth at 2014 EIWA Championships.
Jake Scanlan, HWT – Iowa native who graduated from Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) in 2014 … spent 2014-15 training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. … 2014 National Prep champion … placed third in freestyle at the 2015 UWW Junior Nationals.