Terao, Gomez-Rivera Win Titles at Wolfpack Open

Terao, Gomez-Rivera Win Titles at Wolfpack Open

RALEIGH, N.C. – Led by individual titles from senior David Terao and redshirt junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera, the American University wrestling team wrapped up competition at the Wolfpack Open, hosted by NC State, on Sunday.

The Eagles finished with eight placewinners, including four finalists. Joining Terao and Gomez-Rivera in the finals of their respective weight classes were senior John Boyle (157) and sophomore Jeric Kasunic (197).

Terao, ranked eighth nationally at 125 pounds, posted a 5-0 record on the day, which included a pair of falls and a pair of technical falls. Terao's closest bout came in the title match, as he scored a major 13-4 major decision over North Carolina's Cody Karstetter.

Gomez-Rivera also compiled a 5-0 record on Sunday, scoring three decisions and a tech fall before winning the title match at 133 pounds by medical forfeit. 

"David and Esteban wrestled very well today," said American head coach Teague Moore. "David dominated his opponents and left no doubt in any of his performances. Esteban is proving to be a top 133-pounder and his continued progress is a testament to his work ethic."

Boyle, ranked 18th at 157 pounds, went 3-1 on Sunday, scoring a pair of decisions and a tech fall en route to the title bout. In his final match, Boyle battled to a 1-1 tie after three periods, but dropped a 2-1 decision in sudden victory to Chattanooga's Kaamal Shakur to place second.

Meanwhile, Kasunic finished as the runner-up at 184 pounds with a 3-1 record. Kasunic scored a pair of decisions and a fall before dropping a close 2-1 decision to NC State's Michael Boykin in the title match.

Other placewinners for the Eagles included redshirt Tyler Scotton and sophomore Michael Sprague, who placed fourth and fifth, respectively, at 141 pounds; sophomore Michael Eckhart, who took fourth place at 157 pounds; and junior Brett Dempsey, who placed sixth at 197 pounds.

"Overall, the guys battled through a lot of matches today," said Moore. "John Boyle and Jeric Kasunic showed great effort, but came just a little short.

"This team can be happy with the performance today. We can learn from this and get better."

The Eagles take a break from competition next weekend before heading to the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Dec. 4-5.