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What I Learned at the 2017 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Alec Pantaleo, Yianni Diakomihalis

Photos by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

Heading to Nevada this weekend, I knew the field was loaded and we'd see some incredible matches go down before our very eyes.  At any wrestling tournament, there are surprises, but this one had more than its fair share.  Perhaps it was the position early in the season before we'd figured out what to make of this suddenly incredible looking freshman class or maybe getting more than half of the ranked wrestlers in Division I, along with plenty who felt they should have been, is a recipe for fireworks.  Whatever it was, two days in Vegas left a lasting impact on the story of the season and rewrote the top-20 at each weight.  Ohio State made their case that they are the best team in the country, a case certain to be argued by the Nittany Lions for the next four months, Michigan had an uneven tournament, and we learned a lot about those looking to take home national titles in Cleveland.  We caught up with each of the champions for interviews, along with Logan Stieber and J Jaggers, but this tournament was about so much more than just one wrestler at each weight.  Here is just some of what we're walking away with after the 2017 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

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