WASHINGTON - The American University wrestling team heads to Princeton, N.J., this weekend, March 5-6, for the 112th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, hosted by Princeton University. Action begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
The EIWA, which is the oldest wrestling conference in the nation, features 16 member institutions. The conference championships serve as a qualifying tournament for the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 17-19 in New York City.
This year, the EIWA will receive 51 automatic qualifiers, earning spots based on the final coaches' panel rankings, ratings percentage index (RPI) and Division I winning percentage. The breakdown of the automatic bids per weight class for the EIWA is as follows: 125 (3), 133 (3), 141 (6), 149 (5), 157 (6), 165 (4), 174 (7), 184 (7), 197 (4) and 285 (6).
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 46 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 9.
At last year's EIWA Championships, Cornell captured its ninth-straight title, scoring 176 points to finish ahead of second-place Lehigh (146).
American finished 12th in the team standings with 38.5 points, led by David Terao and John Boyle, who placed second at 125 and 157 pounds, respectively, to earn automatic NCAA bids. Also reaching the podium for the Eagles was freshman Josh Terao, who placed sixth at 133 pounds.
This season, David Terao and Boyle return as the Eagles' leaders. Terao, ranked 15th in the nation at 125 pounds, has posted a team-best 22-3 overall record this season. Boyle, ranked 14th at 157 pounds leads American in total wins with 26.
Boyle enters this year's championship as the second seed in his weight class, while Terao is seeded third. Also earning seeds for the Eagles are redshirt senior Mitchell Wightman, seeded fifth at 165 pounds, and sophomore Jeric Kasunic, the seventh seed at 197 pounds.