PITTSBURGH – American University will take four wrestlers to this week's NCAA Championships, hoping to continue its successful season. Josh Terao, Gage Curry, Michael Sprague and Tanner Harvey earned their way to the Nationals, which begin Thursday at noon at PPG Paints Arena.
Competition begins at noon Thursday with first-round matches. The championship bouts are on Saturday evening, beginning at 7 p.m.
ESPN3 will provide live streams of every bout on every mat throughout the competition.
• The Eagles earned a 7-4 record in dual matches this season, including victories in seven of their last eight duals, to post the best winning percentage in the last eight seasons. In addition, American scored 75.5 points at the recent Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, the most points the Eagles have scored in the last seven seasons at the conference tournament. AU finished seventh in the team standings two weeks ago at Binghamton University.
• 133-pounder Josh Terao will be making his third trip to the NCAA Championships, becoming only the seventh AU wrestler to earn three invitations to the NCAAs. The most recent was his brother, David, who was an All-American for AU in 2016. David is currently a volunteer assistant coach for AU.
• Gage Curry (125) and Michael Sprague (149) are each making their second straight NCAA appearance, while sophomore transfer Tanner Harvey (184) is wrestling at NCAA Nationals for the first time. He won a junior college national championship at 184 a year ago at Southwestern Oregon CC.
• Terao (2nd), Curry (3rd), Harvey (4th) and Sprague (5th) all earned automatic-qualifying spots with their finishes at the EIWA Championships. Redshirt senior Jack Mutchnik and redshirt sophomore Kizhan Clarke each finished 7th, but failed to earn at-large bids.
• The trip to Pittsburgh for the Nationals is a homecoming for redshirt sophomore Gage Curry and head coach Teague Moore. Curry came to American from North Hills HS, which is just 7.5 miles from PPG Paints Arena. He was 159-12 as a prep wrestler there. Moore wrestled at North Allegany HS, which is only 12.8 miles from the arena in Wexford, Pa. Moore went on to Oklahoma State, where he was a NCAA champion.
• The NCAA has seeded all 33 wrestlers in each bracket this year. Terao is American's top-seed, placed 19th. Harvey drew the 24th position at 184, Curry is 28th at 125 pounds and Sprague is also 28th at 149.
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SCHEDULE / TELEVISION / LIVE STREAMS
Thursday, March 21 – Noon to 3:30 p.m. – First Round (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Thursday, March 21 – 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Second Round (ESPN/ESPN3)
Friday, March 22 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Quarterfinals (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Friday, March 22 – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Semifinals (ESPN/ESPN3)
Saturday, March 23 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Medal Round (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Saturday, March 23 – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Championship Round (ESPN/ESPN3)
LIVE STATS / BRACKETS