EVANSTON, Ill. – Seniors John Boyle and Mitchell Wightman each won their quarterfinal matches to lead the American University wrestling team on the first day of competition at the 53rd-annual Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern.
With their wins on Tuesday evening, Boyle and Wightman each advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday and assured top-six finishes in their respective weight classes.
Boyle, seeded fourth at 157 pounds, compiled a 4-0 record on Tuesday, scoring a major decision, a fall and a decision in his first three bouts. He then earned a 3-1 sudden victory win over Northern Iowa's Bryce Steiert to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Boyle, who placed second at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month, faces sixth-ranked Cody Pack of South Dakota in tomorrow's semifinal match.
Wightman, unseeded at 165 pounds, battled to a tiebreaker in his first match before scoring a major upset in the second round, defeating second-seed Austin Wilson of Nebraska, 6-2. Wightman then earned an 8-4 decision over 10th-seed Seth Thomas of Oregon State to advance to the semifinals, where he will face Purdue's Chad Welch, seeded third in the tournament.
Also advancing to the second day of competition for the Eagles was redshirt senior Tyler Scotton, who remains alive in the consolation bracket at 141 pounds.
Scotton won a pair of decisions to open the day before dropping a major decision to second-seed Andrew Long. However, Scotton came back with two victories in the consolation bracket, including a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Northern Iowa's Jake Koethe.
Scotton, who needs at least one more win to secure a spot on the podium, will open action on Wednesday versus sixth-seed Rick Durso of Franklin & Marshall.
Competition continues at the Midlands Championships tomorrow beginning at noon (CT), while the finals are slated to begin at 8 p.m.