EVANSTON, Ill. – Redshirt senior Mitchell Wightman earned a fourth-place showing to lead the American University wrestling team on the final day of competition at the 53rd-annual Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern. American finished with 35 points to post an 18th-place finish in the team standings.
Joining Wightman on the podium for the Eagles was senior captain John Boyle, who took sixth place at 157 pounds.
Wightman, who entered the tournament unseeded at 165 pounds, dropped his semifinal match to Purdue's Chad Welch to begin the day. He came back with an 8-3 win over second-seed Austin Wilson of Nebraska in the consolation bracket, marking his second victory over Wilson in as many days.
However, Wightman was unable to get past Rider's Connor Brennan in the third-place bout, dropping a 6-2 decision to place fourth.
"Mitch proved that he can compete with and beat some of the top ranked 165-pounders," said American head coach Teague Moore. "A fouth-place finish here was a step in the right direction for him."
Boyle, ranked 11th in the nation at 157 pounds, also lost in the semifinals on Wednesday, dropping a 6-2 decision to top seed Cody Pack of South Dakota State. Meanwhile, he lost his consolation bout with an injury default, finishing sixth in his weight class after registering a medical forfeit in the fifth-place match.
Also competing for the Eagles on Wednesday was redshirt senior Tyler Scotton. After going 4-1 on Tuesday, Scotton opened Wednesday action with a match versus sixth-seed Rick Durso of Franklin & Marshall. Despite a strong battle, Scotton came up short, dropping a 3-2 decision in the second tiebreaker.
"Tyler won four very tough bouts this week and was only six seconds away from placing here at a very deep weight class," said Moore. "He and Mitch needed these performances to help build their confidence."
"Overall our performance was okay—not our best, and not our worst," said Moore. "We look forward to getting back to work at home during this break period. It's always a great time to build team cohesiveness and focus on specific individual needs."
American returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 9, when it faces Brown, Bloomsburg and NC State at the Pitt Duals.