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NC State leads South Dakota State by a point after day one of Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational; four No. 1 seeds beaten in quarterfinals

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 02, 2022, 11:54 p.m. (ET)

Trent Hidlay (NC State) at the 2022 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Trent Hilday of NC State is one of four Wolfpack wrestlers to reach the semifinals. Photo by Sam Janicki.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The team race is tight after the first day of a wildly competitive Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.

NC State, which has four in the semifinals and three in the consolation, leads with 84 points, followed by South Dakota State, with four in the semifinals and four in the consolations, just one point back at 83 points. In third place with 80.5 points is Nebraska, followed by Michigan in fourth place.

NC State wrestlers in the semifinals are Ryan Jack (141), Ed Scott (157), Trent Hidlay (184) and Isaac Trumble (197).

South Dakota State is having a strong performance, with unseeded Tanner Jordan (125) in the semifinals, as well as Clay Carlson (141), Tanner Cook (165) and AJ Nevills (285).

Nebraska pushed the most wrestlers into the semifinals with five: Brock Hardy (141), Peyton Robb (157), Mikey Labriola (174), Lenny Pinto (184) and Silas Allred (197). Pinto, who was unseeded, defeated No. 4 seeded Trey Munoz of Oregon State in the semifinals, 5-4.

It was a really tough day for No. 1 seeds, as only five top seeds were able to advance into the semifinals. Four were defeated in the quarterfinals.

No. 1 seeds who did advance were Vito Arujau of Cornell (133), Sammy Sasso of Ohio State (149), Will Lewan of Michigan (157), Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech (174) and Parker Keckeisen of UNI (184).

Two of the quarterfinal wins over No 1 seeds were by quick falls. In the 141-pound quarterfinals, No. 8 Brock Hardy of Nebraska, pinned No. 1 Cole Mattin of Michigan in 39 seconds. At 165 pounds, No. 9 Tanner Cook of South Dakota State pinned No. 1 Carson Kharchla of Ohio State in 37 seconds.

The other two huge upsets were at 197 pounds, where No. 9 Andy Smith of Virginia Tech beat No. 1 Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State, 5-2 and at 285 pounds where No. 8 AJ Nevills of South Dakota State stopped No. 1 Cohlton Schultz of Arizona State, 5-2.

Mattin was eliminated with a loss in the consolations to No. 6 seed Dylan D’Emilio of Ohio State, 6-2. The other three No. 1 seeds won their consolation matches and advanced to Saturday.

The other No. 1 seed who was beaten was Mike DeAugustino of Northwestern, who dropped an injury default in his first match against Tanner Jordan of South Dakota State at 125 pounds. DeAugustino did not compete in the consolations.

2021 CKLV champions who have reached the semifinals are Dylan Ragusin of Michigan (133), Clay Carlson of South Dakota State (141), Mikey Labriola of Nebraska (174) and Kaleb Romero of Ohio State (184).

The semifinals will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, with the Championship finals set for 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. All of the action is live on FloWrestling

CLIFF KEEN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
At Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2, 2022

Semifinal pairings


125 pounds
Unseeded Tanner Jordan, SDSU, vs. No. 5 Richard Figueroa, ASU
No. 2 Matt Ramos, Purdue vs. No. 3 Brandon Kaylor, Oregon State

133 pounds
No. 1 Vito Arujau, Cornell, vs. No. 5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech
No. 2 Michael McGee, ASU, vs. No. 3 Dylan Ragusin, Michigan

141 pounds
No. 4 Ryan Jack, NC State vs. No. 8 Brock Hardy, Nebraska
No. 2 Clay Carlson, SDSU vs. No. 11 Cael Happel, UNI

149 pounds
No. 1 Sammy Sasso, Ohio State, vs. No. 4 Yahya Thomas, Northwestern
No. 3 Kyle Parco, ASU, vs. No. 2 Jon Jon Millner, App State

157 pounds
No. 1 Will Lewan, Michigan vs. No. 4 Kendall Coleman, Purdue,
No. 2 Peyton Robb, Nebraska, vs. No. 3 Ed Scott, NC State

165 pounds
No. 4 Austin Yant, UNI, vs. No. 9 Tanner Cook, SDSU
No. 2 Julian Ramirez, Cornell, vs. No. 3 Josh Ogunsanya, Columbia

174 pounds
No. 1 Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech, vs. No. 5 Chris Foca, Cornell
No. 2 Mikey Labriola, Nebraska, vs. No. 3 Demetrius Romero, Utah Valley

184 pounds
No. 1 Parker Keckeisen, UNI, vs. Unseeded Lenny Pinto, Nebraska
No. 2 Trent Hidlay, NC State vs. No. 3 Kaleb Romero, Ohio State

197 pounds
No. 5 Tanner Harvey, Oregon State vs. No. 9 Andy Smith, Virginia Tech
No. 2 Isaac Trumble, NC State, vs. No. 6 Silas Allred, Nebraska

285 pounds
No. 4 Lucas Davison, Northwestern vs. No. 8 AJ Nevills, SDSU
No. 2 Mason Parris, Michigan, vs. No. 6 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force,

Quarterfinal results

125 pounds
Unseeded Tanner Jordan, SDSU dec. No. 8 Caleb Smith, App State, 8-6, SV
No. 5 Richard Figueroa, ASU dec. Brett Ungar, Cornell, 6-4, TB2
No. 3 Brandon Kaylor, Oregon State dec. #No. 6 Eddie Ventresca, Virginia Tech, 6-4, sv
No. 2 Matt Ramos, Purdue, dec. No. 7 Jake Ferri, Kent State, 6-2

133 pounds
No. 1 Vito Arujau, Cornell maj. dec. No. 8 Cody Phippen, Air Force, 16-4
No. 5 Sam Latona, Virginia Tech, dec. No. 4 Chris Cannon, Northwestern, 7-2
No. 3 Dylan Ragusin, Michigan, dec. No. 11 Chance Rich, CSUB, 6-1
No. 3 Michael McGee, ASU, maj. dec. No. 11 Kai Orine, NC State, 18-4

141 pounds
No. 8 Brock Hardy, Nebraska, pin No. 1 Cole Mattin, Michigan, 0:39
No. 4 Ryan Jack, NC State, dec. No. 5 Cleveland Belton, Oregon State, 6-1
No. 11 Cael Happel, UNI, dec. No. 3 Tom Crook, Virginia Tech, 7-1
No. 2 Clay Carlson, SDSU dec. No. 7 Vince Cornella, Cornell, 3-1

149 pounds
No. 1 Sammy Sasso, Ohio State pin No. 8 Alec Hagan, Ohio, 2:51
No. 4 Yahya Thomas, Northwestern, dec. No. 5 Colin Realbuto, Northern Iowa, 5-2
No. 3 Kyle Parco, ASU dec. No. 6 Chance Lamer, Michigan, 4-1
No. 2 Jon Jon Millner, App State, dec. No. 7 Jackson Arrington, NC State, 6-0

157 pounds
No. 1 Will Lewan, Michigan dec. unseeded Tommy Askey, App State, 8-2
No. 4 Kendall Coleman, Purdue, dec. No. 5 Trevor Chumbley, Northwestern, 6-5
No. 3 Ed Scott, NC State dec. unseeded Cael Swensen, SDSU, 4-0
No. 2 Peyton Robb, Nebraska, tech. fall No. 7 Peyten Kellar, Ohio, 15-0, 6:21

165 pounds
No. 9 Tanner Cook, SDSU, pin No. 1 Carson Kharchla, Ohio State, 0:37
No. 4 Austin Yant, UNI, maj. dec. No. 5 Tony Negron, ASU, 11-2
No. 3 Josh Ogunsanya, Columbia dec. No. 11 Matthew Olguin, Oregon State, 5-2
No. 2 Julian Ramirez, Cornell, dec. No. 4 Will Formato, App State, 6-2

174 pounds
No. 1 Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech pin No. 8 Cade DeVos, SDSU, 1:51
No. 5 Chris Foca, Cornell dec. No. 4 Ethan Smith, Ohio State, 8-4
No. 3 Demetrius Romero, Utah Valley pin No. 6 Phil Conigliaro, Harvard, 5:44
No. 2 Mikey Labriola, Nebraska, dec. No. 10 Sal Perrine, Ohio, 9-2

184 pounds
No. 1 Parker Keckeisen, UNI dec. No. 8 Anthony Montalvo, Arizona State, 5-3
Unseeded Lenny Pinto, Nebraska dec. No. 4 Trey Munoz, Oregon State, 5-4
No. 3 Kaleb Romero, Ohio State dec. No. 6 Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech, 3-2
No. 2 Trent Hidlay, NC State, dec. No. 7 Matt Finesilver, Michigan, 7-3

197 pounds
No. 9 Andy Smith, Virginia Tech, dec. No. 1 Tanner Sloan, SDSU, 5-2
No. 5 Tanner Harvey, Oregon State dec. No. 4 Kordell Norfleet, Arizona State, 5-2
No. 6 Silas Allred, Nebraska, dec. No. 3 Gavin Hoffman, Ohio State, 5-2
No. 2 Isaac Trumble, NC State, pin No. 10 Jacob Koser, Navy, 5:49

285 pounds
No. 8 AJ Nevills, SDSU, dec. No. 1 Cohlton Schultz, Arizona State, 5-2
No. 4 Lucas Davison, Northwestern, dec. No. 12 Tyrell Gordon, UNI, 6-1
No. 6 Wyatt Hendrickson, Air Force, maj. dec. No. 3 Yaroslav Slavikouski, Harvard, 10-2
No. 2 Mason Parris, Michigan, dec. No. 10 Owen Trephan, NC State, 8-1.

Semifinalists, by team
Nebraska (5) – Brock Hardy (141), Peyton Robb (157), Mikey Labriola (174), Lenny Pinto (184), Silas Allred (197)
NC State (4)– Ryan Jack (141), Ed Scott (157), Trent Hidlay (184), Isaac Trumble (197)
South Dakota State (4) - Tanner Jordan (125), Clay Carlson (141), Tanner Cook (165). AJ Nevills (285)
Arizona State (3) - Richard Figueroa (125), Michael McGee (133), Kyle Parco (149)
Cornell (3) – Vito Arujau (133), Julian Ramirez (165), Chris Foca (174)
Michigan (3) – Dylan Ragusin (133), Will Lewan (157), Mason Parris (285)
UNI (3) – Cael Happel (141), Austin Yant (165), Parker Keckeisen (184)
Virginia Tech (3) – Sam Latona (133). Mehki Lewis (174), Andy Smith (197)
Northwestern (2) – Yahya Thomas (149), Lucas Davison (285)
Ohio State (2) – Sammy Sasso (149), Kaleb Romero (184)
Oregon State (2) - Brandon Kaylor (125), Tanner Harvey (197)
Purdue (2)- Matt Ramos (125), Kendall Coleman (157)
Air Force (1) - Wyatt Hendrickson (285)
Appalachian State (1) – Jon Jon Millner (149)
Columbia (1) - Josh Ogunsanya (165)
Utah Valley (1) - Demetrius Romero (174)

Top 15 teams after day one
1 NC State 84
2 South Dakota State 83
3 Nebraska 80.5
4 Michigan 75.5
5 Northern Iowa 64.5
6 Arizona State 64
7 Ohio State 62.5
8 Northwestern 57
9 Cornell 52.5
9 Virginia Tech 52.5
11 Oregon State 51
12 Columbia 38.5
13 Air Force 30.5
13 Purdue 30.5
15 Navy 29.5