May 04, 2017
MANHEIM, Pa. – Senior Esteban Gomez-Rivera joined sophomores Josh Terao and Michael Sprague of American University as members of the All-Academic Team chosen by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
The awards for the Eagles marked the 13th straight season American University has had an individual All-Academic selection. Gomez-Rivera was selected by the coaches association a year ago.
Gomez-Rivera went 23-5 in his senior season, including an 11-1 mark in dual meets. His 40 dual-meet points were third on the team.
"Esteban leaves AU Wrestling as a two-time All-Academic pick – an honor few college wrestlers will earn," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "He did this while completing his undergraduate degree in 3-1/2 years and a masters in 1-1/2. This is a true testament to his commitment to excellence.
"AU Wrestling loses a great leader with Esteban's graduation. We're excited to see his success as a professional in the coming years."
Terao, who was selected recently as the 2017 Team MVP, led American with a 29-7 record overall and a 13-1 mark in dual meets. Terao, ranked as high as 11th nationally at 125 pounds, was a qualifier for the NCAA Championships last March. He finished second at the EIWA Tournament, losing 5-4 to the eventual national champion.
"Josh is proving to be a vital part of the AU Wrestling program," said Moore. "He excelled and was outstanding on the mat… doing all of this while studying biology and carrying an exceptional GPA.
"Josh is the first AU sophomore to earn this honor since Danny Mitchell in 2012. His commitment to academic success sheds light on this young man's effort both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat."
Sprague placed fifth at the EIWA Championships at 149 pounds and ended his sophomore season with a 24-16 mark. He was 3-0 in matches decided by falls this season.
"Michael earns this honor as a sophomore and made major strides in his wrestling late this season," said Moore. "He has become a reliable piece of our lineup and his potential is beginning to shine through.
"His commitment to excellence in the classroom proves that he lives a committed lifestyle in line with our program goals. Michael has two more years to compete as an AU Eagle, and I look forward to what he will achieve in the coming seasons."
The academic awards continue an impressive list of accolades achieved by the AU Wrestling program in 2016-17. The Eagles were third in the nation among NCAA Division I programs in team GPA and all 10 starters earned Academic All-EIWA recognition this season, the most by any school in the league.