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CKLV 2010 Final Notes and Brackets

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The No. 1 ranked Big Red wrestling team finished in first place at the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday. Mack Lewnes (174), Steve Bosak (184) and Cam Simaz (197) all won individual titles in their respective weight classes. At 165 pounds, Justin Kerber placed second. Also placing for Cornell was Frank Perrelli (fifth, 125), Chris Villalonga (eighth, 141) and DJ Meagher (sixth, 157). The Big Red finished with 140 team points and was trailed by Wisconsin (101.5), Boise State (100), Oklahoma (99) and Illinois (91).

Andrew Saunders finished in third place, while Peter Sturgeon and Ivan Lopouchanski finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, to lead UNCG on the final day of the 29th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday. The Spartans finished in a tie for 18th place out of 36 teams after scoring 46 points.


Colby Covington took third and Jason Lara fourth in their respective weight classes and the Oregon State wrestling team took 10th at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which wrapped up competition Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Colby and Jason really came on today and battled in the consolation rounds,” Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky said. “This was a good finish with some of the best teams in the country. I’m proud of the way each of our guys wrestled and this will provide a good springboard toward the Nebraska dual next week.”

The eighth-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (5-0) took home five individual medals and placed fourth over a talented field of 42 teams at the 29th Annual Cliff Keen Invitational at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Oklahoma was led by senior Nathan Fernandez, ranked No. 11, who claimed the heavyweight title after going an impressive 5-0 and defeating Michigan’s Ben Apland, 4-0. Fernandez (13-1) bested his performance from last year when he placed third overall.

Anthony Robles captured an individual title at 125 pounds and two other Sun Devils placed in the Top 8 of their respective weight classes as the No. 22 Arizona State University wrestling team finished tied for 12th overall with No. 19 Ohio State at the 29th Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday. The Sun Devils’ two other place winners included Bubba Jenkins, who took second at 157 pounds, and Jake Meredith, who finished eighth at 184 pounds.

Boris Novachkov claimed second place while Ryan DesRoches battled back for a third-place finish at the 29th Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Utah Valley senior 125-pounder Benjamin Kjar led the Wolverine wrestling team at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this weekend as he placed seventh at the prominent tournament.

With just eight wrestlers competing in all for UVU, the Wolverines placed 21st out of 36 teams with 27 points. UVU finished ahead of Air Force, West Virginia, Columbia, North Dakota State, San Francisco State, Cal State Fullerton, Duke, Brown and NC State to name a few.

The No. 23 Purdue wrestling team tied for eighth place at the 2010 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitaitonal on Saturday, amassing 68.5 team points at the Las Vegas Convention Center over the two-day event. Tenth-ranked senior Logan Brown paced the Boilermakers, taking second place at 197 pounds with a 4-1 tournament record, while fifth-ranked junior A.J. Kissel was honored with the tournament Most Pins Award.

Navy senior Bryce Saddoris (Spring Creek, Nev.) and junior Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.) led Navy to an 18th-place finish out of 36 teams at the 2010 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Saturday evening. The Mids, who made just their fifth appearance in the talent-packed event, competed against 12 of the top 30 ranked teams in this week’s Intermat poll in a tournament that featured better than 75 wrestlers currently ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes.

Kurt Kinser and Matt Powless each garnered third-place finishes at the 2010 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational as Indiana finished 16th in the team standings. Both Kinser and Powless won five of six matches en route to their third-place showings. Kinser tallied his fifth and sixth pins of the season while Powless ran his overall record to 15-1 on the year.

Led by No. 1 ranked junior Andrew Howe (165 lbs.), the No. 4 Wisconsin wrestling team place second at the 29th Annual Cliff Keen Invitational with 101.5 points at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday.

Howe captured the invitational title at 165 lbs. for the second-straight year after he defeated No. 4 ranked Justin Kerber of Cornell, 10-3, in the championship match. Earlier in the day, Howe recorded a 2-0 decision over Hofstra’s No. 6 P.J. Gillespie in the semifinals.

Sophomore Ben Bennett finished runner-up at 174 pounds to lead No. 10 Central Michigan to a 15th-place finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational. Bennett was one of three Chippewas to earn spots on the medal stand. Junior Jarod Trice placed third at heavyweight, while junior Scotti Sentes was seventh at 133 pounds.

The No. 19 Ohio State wrestling team completed competition at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Saturday tied for 12th. Behind Top 7 showings by four Buckeyes, Ohio State compiled 63.5 points at the Las Vegas Convention Center to tie Arizona State.

No. 2 Jimmy Kennedy finished third at 141 pounds, bouncing back from a semifinal defeat with a pair of 14-4 major decision wins, and No. 19 B.J. Futrell out-performed his No. 10 seed by finishing fourth at 133 to help the Illini take fifth place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. No. 11 seed Eric Terrazas (149), No. 9 seed Tony Dallago (184) and No. 9 seed Mario Gonzalez also out-paced their seeds as Terrazas finished fifth, Dallago was sixth and Gonzalez took seventh. Jordan Blanton also battled through the consolation bracket to take fifth.

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