Six American Wrestlers Nationally Ranked in First NCAA Coaches Poll

Six American Wrestlers Nationally Ranked in First NCAA Coaches Poll

INDIANAPOLIS  — Six members of the American University wrestling team cracked the top 33 national rankings in their respective weight class in the first of four NCAA Coaches Poll of the season.

American was represented in the 125, 133, 141, 149, 184 and 197 weight classes. 

In the 125-pound class, Josh Terao ranks 10th and holds wins against Wyoming's Drew Templeman (14) and placed third at the Midlands Championship.

Esteban Gomez-Rivera is 27th at 133 pounds after successful appearances at the Southeast Open (2nd), Wolfpack Open (5th) and won all three matches at the AU Duals after missing a month with an injury. Against Lehigh, Gomez-Rivera earned a last-second win over Joe Lobeck. 

Jack Mutchnick is 30th at 141 pounds coming off a second place finish at the Wolfpack Open.

Michael Sprague is also 30th at 149 pounds after upsetting Wyoming's Cole Mendenhall (20). Sprague also won against Army's Luke Weiland at the AU Duals. He took first in the Freshman/Sophomore division at the Southeast Open.

James Grimes is the third Eagle to be ranked 30th in his respective weight class. At 184 pounds, Grimes took fourth at the Southeast Open and eighth at the Wolfpack Open.

Jeric Kasunic (27) was the final Eagle to be represented on the list at 197 pounds. He finished third at the Wilkes Open and fifth at the Wolfpack Open. Kasunic went undefeated in the three matches at the AU Duals defeating North Carolina's Daniel Chaid (32).

American will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday to compete against Penn and Drexel. 

The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year's event is March 16-18 at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information and to purchase tickets for the championship, visit NCAA.com/Wrestling.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.