Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational underway, with 11 ranked teams on display

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Dec. 06, 2013, 11:55 a.m. (ET)
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The first whistle has blown at the 32nd Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., one of the top college wrestling events every season.

There are 11 teams ranked in the Top 25 in the nation based upon the NWCA/USA Today/AWN poll this week, including No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 6 Cornell, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 10 Nebraska.

Each of the 10 weight classes will have numerous nationally-ranked athletes, making this an early season preview of the action expected at this year’s NCAA Championships.

Two-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber of Ohio State (141) and past NCAA champion Andrew Howe of Oklahoma (174) are among the stars on the mat. Stieber won the 2012 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational title down at 133 pounds.

R.J. Pena of Oregon State (157) and Robert Kokesh of Nebraska (174) are also returning champions.

The event will be webcast LIVE on FloWrestling through its Flo Pro service. For information, visit

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Those who wish to follow it on Twitter can get updates at #CKLV

2013 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational schedule (Pacific time)

Friday, December 6
9:00 a.m. – Pigtail, Rounds 1 and 2, Consolation pigtails and Round 1
6:00 p.m. – Quarterfinals and Consolation Rounds 2 and 3

Saturday, December 7
9:00 a.m. – Consolation Round 4
10:00 a.m. – Semifinals, Consolation Round 5, Consolation Semifinals, 5th and 7th place bouts
3:00 p.m. – Finals for 1st and 3rd places

2013 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational field
Air Force; American; Army, Arizona State; No. 25 Boise State; Brown; Cal Poly; Cal State Bakersfield; California Baptist; Citadel; CSU-Pueblo; No. 6 Cornell; Grand Canyon; Harvard; Hofstra; No. 16 Iowa State; Michigan; Navy; NC State; No. 10 Nebraska; No. 12 Northern Iowa; North Idaho College; No. 8 Ohio State; No. 4 Oklahoma; No. 20 Oregon State; No. 19 Purdue; Rutgers; San Francisco State; Utah Valley; No. 13 Virginia; No. 14 Virginia Tech; Western Wyoming; Wyoming

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