Terao, Sprague Advance to Second Day at NCAAs

Aerial view of the mats at PPG Paints Arena

PITTSBURGH -- Josh Terao and Michael Sprague of American University split their two matches Thursday to advance in the consolation brackets at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

All four Eagles - including Gage Curry and Tanner Harvey - lost their first-round matches. Terao and Sprague prevailed in their second bouts of the day to move on to Friday's consolation second round. Curry (22-13) and Harvey (28-13) had their seasons ended with evening losses.

Friday's early session begins with championship quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Two rounds of consolation matches will begin afterwards.

FIRST-ROUND RECAPS

• Fourth-seeded Jack Mueller of Virginia got a takedown midway through the first period of the first-round match with Curry. He got the pin at the 1:26 mark, as Curry suffered only his second loss by fall of the season.

• Korbin Myers got a pair of first-period takedowns for a 4-1 lead over Terao. The AU senior got a reversal to come within 4-3 with 0:44 left in the second period, but Myers got a point on an illegal hold and two more on a reversal of his own, going ahead 6-3. Myers got an escape, a takedown with nine seconds left and the riding-time point to earn the 11-3 major decision, the first suffered by Terao this season.

• No. 5-seed Matthew Kolodzik of Princeton scored the first takedown over Sprague with 0:35 left in the first period, but Sprague escaped before the end of the period. Starting down, Sprague got the escape just 10 seconds into the second period to get a 2-2 tie. Kolodzik got his escape to start the third for the eventual final margin.

• Harvey got the first points of his opening-round bout with No. 9 Taylor Venz of Nebraska, earning a takedown just eight seconds into the match. Venz recovered with an escape and takedown for a 3-2 lead by the end of the period. He repeated the escape-takedown sequence in the second period, but Harvey got a reversal with 0:01 left in the period to come within 6-4. Venz rode Harvey the entire third period to earn the 7-4 win.

SECOND-ROUND RECAPS

• In his evening match, Curry scored the first takedown with 1:53 left in the opening period with Jacob Schwarm of Northern Iowa, and led 2-1 heading to the second. Midway through that period, Schwarm took control, scoring a four-point near fall before ending the bout with a pin at 4:54.

• Terao fell behind early against Devan Turner of Oregon State, but an escape pulled him within 2-1 at the end of the period. He got a takedown with 1:22 left in the second to move ahead 3-2, and got four points in the third period, including 1:40 of riding time, to finish a 7-2 win.

• Khristian Olivas of Fresno State got a takedown with 42 seconds left in the first period against Sprague, who escaped almost immediately. Sprague started down and tied the bout with his own escape. Olivas chose down to open the third, but in an active period that included many rolls, twists and turns, Sprague rode Olivas out to earn the riding-time point and the win.

• Harvey got the first points against Max Lyon of Purdue but ended the first period down 3-2. He tied the score with an escape, but Lyon got a mid-period takedown to take a 5-3 edge into the third. Lyon's escape was the only scoring of the third period, as Harvey ended his season with a 6-3 loss.

 

AU THURSDAY RESULTS

#28 GAGE CURRY (125)

R32 - #5 Jack Mueller (Virginia) pinned Curry, 1:26

ConsR1 – #21 Jacob Schwarm (Northern Iowa) pinned Curry, 4:54

#19 JOSH TERAO (133)

R32 - #14 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech) major dec. Terao, 11-3

ConsR1 – Terao (AU) dec. Devan Turner (Oregon State), 7-2

ConsR2 (Fri.) – Terao vs. #13 Austin Gomez (Iowa State)

#28 MICHAEL SPRAGUE (149)

R32 - #5 Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) dec. Sprague, 3-2

ConsR1 – Sprague (AU) dec. #21 Khristian Olivas (Fresno State), 3-2

ConsR2 (Fri.) – Sprague vs. #11 Joshua Heil (Campbell)

#24 TANNER HARVEY (184)

R32 – #9 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) dec. Harvey, 7-4

ConsR1 – #25 Max Lyon (Purdue) dec. Harvey, 6-3