Terao's Win Leads Eight Placers at Wolfpack Open

Terao's Win Leads Eight Placers at Wolfpack Open

RALEIGH, N.C.Josh Terao won the 125-pound championship and led eight American University wrestlers who placed Sunday at the Wolfpack Open tournament hosted by NC State.

Terao, an Eagle sophomore, went 4-0 in his bracket, getting a pin in 31 seconds over Tommy Cox of NC State and a 5-0 decision over Matthew Schmitt of West Virginia in the final to earn the win.
"Overall it was a positive day," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "The individuals who placed wrestled extremely well against top opponents. These victories will help carry us to the NCAA Tournament. This was a great test event before Vegas.

"Josh Terao looks exceptionally strong, and Jack Mutchnik performed best ever as an AU Eagle. We have a lot to be excited about in preparing for Las Vegas.

Mutchnik (2nd at 141), Brett Dempsey (4th at 285), Esteban Gomez-Rivera (5th at 133), Jeric Kasunic (5th at 197), Gage Curry (6th at 125), Jason Grimes (8th at 184) and Jake Scanlan (8th at 285) each placed for the Eagles on Sunday.
 
Mutchnik won four matches before losing in the final to NC State's Kevin Jack in a 6-1 decision.
 
Dempsey picked up a fall and a major decision in his first two matches, but lost in the semifinal to Jacob Kasper of Duke in the semifinal. He lost the third-place match in a 5-0 decision to Boyce Cornwell of Gardner-Webb.
 
Also wrestling in the 285 bracket, Scanlan won by fall and decision before to Kasper in the quarterfinals, 5-1. Scanlan went 1-1 in the consolation bracket to finish 3-2 in the tournament.
 
Gomez-Rivera had a busy day in the tournament, going 6-1 on his way to finishing fifth. His only loss came in the quarterfinals, but he had four decisions, a major decison and a sudden-victory triumph during the day.
 
Kasunic earned three wins by fall at 197 for the Eagles, all coming in the first period. He went 5-1 on the day, losing in the quarterfinal but winning three consolation matches on his way to a 4-0 fifth-place win over Parker Hines of Air Force.
 
Also wrestling in the 125 bracket won by his teammate, Curry lost his opening-round match to Schmitt, but won his next four decisions before losing in the fifth-place match, 4-3, to Thayer Atkins of Duke.
 
Grimes dropped his quarterfinal, but pinned his next opponent before losing in the consolation semifinal at 197.
 
Anthony Wokasch earned three wins by fall at 157 to go 4-2 on the day. Michael Eckhart also was 4-2 in the tournament at 165, earning his four victories after dropping his first bout in sudden victory.
 
American is away from competition next weekend before heading to Las Vegas on Dec. 2 and 3 for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
 
The Eagles return to Bender Arena on Friday, Jan. 6 for the AU Duals, wrestling against Wyoming, Army West Point and North Carolina, beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets for all AU home wrestling matches are available online at www.aueagles.com/tickets.