Three Tickets Punched to NCAA Tournament; Terao Advances to 125-Pound Championship

Three Tickets Punched to NCAA Tournament; Terao Advances to 125-Pound Championship

LEWISBURG, Pa. — American University wrestlers Josh Terao, Jeric Kasunic and Jason Grimes all qualified for the NCAA Tournament with wins during the EIWA Semifinals and Consolation Rounds on Saturday afternoon.

Terao is looking to be the first Eagle since Ryan Flores in 2012 to win an EIWA Championship. He made quick work of Army's Trey Chalifoux winning by major decision, 12-0.

Terao will meet the top-seed in the 125-pount weight class Darian Cruz from Lehigh. Cruz has two wins by pinfall and a technical fall during the EIWA Tournament. Terao's only dual loss was to Cruz in early January.

Jason Grimes (184) needed one win to qualify for the NCAA Tournament and took care of business in his first match. It took sudden-victory, but Grimes won 3-1 over Kanon Dean of Harvard. He in his second match to Army's Samson Imonode by a 4-1 decision.

Jeric Kasunic (197) swept his two matches during the afternoon and qualified for the NCAA Tournament and will battle for third place against Ben Honis of Cornell. Kasunic defeated Steban Cervantes from Navy, 4-1. In his consolation semifinal match, Kasunic defeated Army's Rocco Caywood, 6-0. 

Esteban Gomez-Rivera (133) finished the tournament in seventh place after falling to Vinny Vespa in the consolation quarterfinals. He went on to beat Joey Gould from Bucknell, 7-3 in his potential final match as an Eagle. He is still eligible for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament with a 25-5 record. 

Michael Sprague (149) took a 4-1 in over Danny Reed from Columbia but fell in the consolation semifinals to Matt Cimato from Drexel, 7-3. Sprague will take on Jonathan Fuentes from Cornell in the fifth place match. 

Tom Page (157) won by major decision in the seventh-place match and avenged his Round of 16 loss to Tristan Rifanburg from Binghamton by a score of 13-2.

The EIWA Championship Rounds begin at 4 p.m.

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