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Pletcher, Martin and Moore punctuate Ohio State championship at 36th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Dec. 02, 2017, 9:36 p.m. (ET)

Photo: Myles Martin (Ohio State) picks up the 184-pound title with an 8-5 win over Domenic Abounader (Michigan). Photo by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling.

LAS VEGAS – Despite missing three All-Americans from its lineup, the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes captured the team title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational for the second-consecutive year.

The Buckeyes found themselves atop the standings with three individual champions and 155.5 team points, 15.5 ahead of runner-up Michigan. NCAA champion Myles Martin, All-American Kollin Moore and sophomore Luke Pletcher punctuated the Ohio State effort with first-place finishes.

Martin, the No. 1 seed at 184 pounds, took out 2016 Big Ten champion Domenic Abounader of Michigan in a gritty finals tussle, 8-5. Martin picked up bonus-point wins in four of his five matches this weekend.

At 197 pounds, Moore stunned Virginia Tech All-American Jared Haught with a first-period fireman’s carry to a pin, reaffirming his No. 1 national ranking. Moore and Haught are the top-two returning place winners from last year’s NCAA Championship at 197 pounds.

Pletcher capped off a remarkable run at 133 pounds with a 9-2 win over Josh Terao of American. Entering the tournament as the No. 4 seed, Pletcher upended top seed Stevan Micic of Michigan 7-5 in a critical semifinal on Saturday morning.

The second-place Wolverine bunch picked up individual crowns from past All-Americans Alec Pantaleo and Adam Coon. Pantaleo took out Ohio State All-American Micah Jordan for the 157-pound title, 10-3. It was a touch tougher for Coon, who needed overtime to get past Arizona State All-American Tanner Hall, 4-2, at 285 pounds.

Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia, the No. 1 ranked 174-pounder in the land, won a gritty 9-6 bout over returning NCAA finalist Bo Jordan of Ohio State in the finals. It was Valencia’s second win over Jordan this season. Valencia was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Two freshmen were able to rise to the top of the podium with exceptional runs in Las Vegas. Utah Valley’s Taylor LaMont won a tight 4-3 contest over Edinboro’s Sean Russell at 125 pounds. Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis cruised to a comfortable 8-2 win over Northern Iowa’s Josh Alber at 141 pounds. Both LaMont and Diakomihalis upended past NCAA finalists on their road to the finals.

Also claiming individual titles were Central Michigan All-American Justin Oliver at 149 pounds and Virginia Tech All-American David McFadden at 165 pounds.

Complete results and archived matches from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational can be found on Flowrestling.com.

2017 CLIFF KEEN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
At Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 1-2


Team Standings
1. Ohio State 155.5
2. Michigan 140
3. Arizona State 113.5
4. Northern Iowa 104
5. Nebraska 100.5
6. Virginia Tech 89.5
7. Central Michigan 82
8. Cornell 62
9. Wyoming 61
10. Stanford 58.5

Final Results
125 pounds
1st – Taylor Lamont (Utah Valley) DEC Sean Russell (Edinboro), 4-3
3rd – Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) MD Drew Mattin (Michigan), 9-0
5th – Jacob Schwarm (Northern Iowa) DEF Connor Schram (Stanford)
7th – Louie Hayes (Virginia) DEC Christian Moody (Oklahoma), 6-5

133 pounds
1st – Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) DEC Josh Terao (American), 9-2
3rd – Jack Mueller (Virginia) DEC Austin Desanto (Drexel), 7-0
5th – Stevan Micic (Michigan) DEC Korbin Myers (Edinboro), 8-2
7th –Dom Forys (Pitt) MD Zach Sherman (North Carolina), 15-3

141 pounds
1st – Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) DEC Josh Alber (Northern Iowa), 8-2
3rd – Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) DEC Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska), 5-3
5th – Mason Smith (Central Michigan) M FOR Nick Zanetta (Pitt)
7th – Thomas Thorn (Minnesota) F Kanen Storr (Iowa State), 2:36

149 pounds
1st – Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) DEC Troy Heilmann (North Carolina), 9-7
3rd – Ke-shawn Hayes (Ohio State) DEC Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa), 4-3
5th – Josh Maruca (Arizona State) M FOR Colton Mccrystal (Nebraska)
7th – Zander Wick (Wisconsin) DEC Michael Sprague (American), 7-5

157 pounds
1st – Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) DEC Micah Jordan (University), 10-3
3rd – Josh Shields (Arizona State) DEC Tyler Berger (Nebraska), 6-4
5th – Archie Colgan (Wyoming) DEC Coleman Hammond (CSU Bakersfield), 6-4 SV
7th – Taleb Rahmani (Pitt) F Tristan Rifanburg (Binghamton University), 2:04

165 pounds
1st – David McFadden (Virginia Tech) F Evan Wick (Wisconsin), 2:58
3rd – Isaiah White (Nebraska) DEC Te'shan Campbell (Ohio State), 4-1
5th – Andrew Fogarty (North Dakota State) M FOR Nick Wanzek (Minnesota)
7th – Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) MD Jonathon Chavez (Cornell), 16-7

174 pounds
1st – Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) DEC Bo Jordan (Ohio State), 9-6
3rd – Myles Amine (Michigan) DEC Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), 11-9
5th – Jadaen Bernstein (Navy) DEC Keaton Subjeck (Stanford), 7-5
7th – Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma) DEC Dylan Lydy (Purdue), 6-5

184 pounds
1st – Myles Martin (Ohio State) DEC Domenic Abounader (Michigan), 8-5
3rd – Taylor Venz (Nebraska) DEC Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech), 9-3
5th – Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin) DEC Steven Schneider (Binghamton), 5-2
7th – Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) DEC Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan), 3-1

197 pounds
1st – Kollin Moore (Ohio State) F Jared Haught (Virginia Tech), 1:52
3rd – Jeric Kasunic (American) DEC Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa), 5-2
5th – Matt Williams (CSU Bakersfield) DEC Stephen Loiseau (Drexel), 7-0
7th – Nathan Traxler (Stanford) M FOR Jacob Seely (Northern Colorado)

285 pounds
1st – Adam Coon (Michigan) DEC Tanner Hall (Arizona State), 4-2 SV
3rd – Jacob Kasper (Duke) DEC Nathan Butler (Stanford), 3-1 SV
5th – Shawn Streck (Purdue) F Ryan Solomon (Pitt), 0:33
7th – Andrew Dunn (Virginia Tech) MD Jeramy Sweany (Cornell), 14-6

Semifinal Results
125 pounds
Taylor Lamont (Utah Valley) DEC Connor Schram (Stanford), 4-1 TB2
Sean Russell (Edinboro) DEC Jacob Schwarm (Northern Iowa), 8-7

133 pounds
Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) DEC Stevan Micic (Michigan), 7-5
Josh Terao (American) DEC Jack Mueller (Virginia), 6-0

141 pounds
Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) DEC Bryce Meredith (Wyoming), 4-2 SV
Josh Alber (Northern Iowa) DEC Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska), 3-2

149 pounds
Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) DEC Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa), 3-2
Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) MD Colton Mccrystal (Nebraska), 12-0

157 pounds
Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) DEC Tyler Berger (Nebraska), 9-3
Micah Jordan (Ohio State) DEC Josh Shields (Arizona State), 8-6 SV

165 pounds
Evan Wick (Wisconsin) DEC Nick Wanzek (Minnesota), 10-4
David Mcfadden (Virginia Tech) DEC Te'shan Campbell (Ohio State), 4-0

174 pounds
Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) DEC Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), 9-6
Bo Jordan (Ohio State) DEC Myles Amine (Michigan), 6-4

184 pounds
Myles Martin (Ohio State) TF Taylor Venz (Nebraska), 19-4
Domenic Abounader (Michigan) MD Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech), 8-0

197 pounds
Kollin Moore (Ohio State) DEC Matt Williams (CSU Bakersfield), 10-4
Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) F Stephen Loiseau (Drexel), 3:16

285 pounds
Adam Coon (Michigan) DEC Nathan Butler (Stanford), 2-0
Tanner Hall (Arizona State) F Jacob Kasper (Duke), 6:53