NEW YORK – Suffering his first loss of the tournament, American University senior captain David Terao dropped an 8-2 decision in the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships being held at Madison Square Garden.
Terao, the 15th seed at 125 pounds, came up short against third-seed Nico Megaludis of Penn State. Megaludis will make his third appearance in the NCAA finals, while Terao was the Eagles' first semifinalist since 2012.
Megaludis scored first, registering a takedown in the first period, while a quick escape by Terao brought the score to 2-1. Megaludis extended his lead to 5-1 in the second period, scoring an escape and a takedown to pull ahead.
In the final period, Megaludis accumulated enough riding time to secure an extra point before Terao scored another escape. However, Megaludis registered a late takedown to account for the final margin.
"David fought hard for that whole seven minutes, but we just couldn't seem to get any of our positions going," said American head coach Teague Moore. "We can't hang our head about it—David battled the whole match, and he's coming back tomorrow, so we've got a good opportunity to climb the podium.
"If we go out and wrestle to our best positions, I think we're going to be able to join those high-achieving AU Eagles who have been here before."
Terao will wrestle twice in Saturday's first session, beginning with the consolation semifinals against UNI's Dylan Peters. The winner of that match will advance to the third-place bout, while the loser will compete for fifth-place.
Action resumes Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Session IV Results
125: (3) Nico Megaludis (Penn State) dec. (15) David Terao, 8-2