Pictured: Northwestern’s Ryan Deakin competing at the 2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo courtesy of Northwestern University Sports Information.
Every year within the NCAA Division I wrestling schedule, there are certain “must-see events” that fans want to make a note of on their respective calendars. One of those “must-see” showcases for many of the best in Division I is fast approaching.
The 2021Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (CKLV) in Las Vegas, Nevada, is just two days away, beginning on Friday, December 3 and ending Saturday, December 4.
Here’s everything you need to know to prepare yourself for the action.
How to Watch
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Schedule of Events
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Teams in Vegas this Weekend (26 Teams)
Binghamton, California Baptist Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, The Citadel, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Kent State, Michigan, Minnesota, Navy, Nebraska Kearney, Nebraska, Northwestern, Northern Colorado, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Princeton, Purdue, Sacred Heart, Stanford, South Dakota State, Utah Valley, Wyoming
Possible TOM Top-20 Ranked Wrestlers by Weight
Based on the above list of 26 teams in attendance, if every TOM top-20 wrestler from the latest TOM D-I National Rankings is in attendance, there will be 79 ranked wrestlers will be competing December 3-4 in Vegas.
Note: This figure is subject to change based on final registration information. It isn’t likely that every ranked wrestler will compete.
In case you missed it, here are the latest NCAA D-I College Individual Regular Season Rankings from November 30, 2021.
Did we miss any athletes? Feel free to contact TOM Site Editor Christopher Miller (Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @C_Miller_atTOM) or DM to our official Twitter account (@theopenmat).
125 Pounds (9)
No. 3 Pat Glory, Princeton
No. 4 Taylor LaMont, Utah Valley
No. 6 Devin Schroder, Purdue
No. 8 Malik Heinselman, Ohio State
No. 11 Patrick McKee, Minnesota
No. 14 Michael DeAugustino, Northwestern
No. 17 Joey Prata, Oklahoma
No. 18 Jack Medley, Michigan
No. 19 Joe Manchio, Columbia
133 Pounds (5)
No. 4 Vito Arujau, Cornell
No. 7 Chris Cannon, Northwestern
No. 13 Chance Rich, CSU-Bakersfield
No. 15 Tony Madrigal, Oklahoma
No. 18 Dylan Ragusin, Michigan
141 Pounds (6)
No. 4 Stevan Micic, Michigan
No. 6 Real Woods, Stanford
No. 7 Clay Carlson, South Dakota State
No. 8 Dom Demas, Oklahoma
No. 11 Andrew Alirez, Northern Colorado
#16 Parker Filius, Purdue
149 Pounds (8)
No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell
No. 2 Sammy Sasso, Ohio State
No. 4 Yahya Thomas, Northwestern
No. 5 Jaden Abas, Stanford
No. 9 Ridge Lovett, Nebraska
No. 10 Mitch Moore, Oklahoma
No. 17 Legend Lamer, Cal Poly
No. 20 Kanen Storr, Michigan
157 Pounds (9)
No. 2 Ryan Deakin, Northwestern
No. 4 Brayton Lee, Minnesota
No. 6 Quincy Monday, Princeton
No. 8 Jared Franek, North Dakota State
No. 9 Peyton Robb, Nebraska
No. 11 Kendall Coleman, Purdue
No. 14 Will Lewan, Michigan
No. 15 Jacob Wright, Wyoming
No. 16 Justin Thomas, Oklahoma
165 Pounds (9)
No. 2 Shane Griffith, Stanford
No. 3 Evan Wick, Cal Poly
No. 6 Cameron Amine, Michigan
No. 8 Demetrius Romero, Utah Valley
No. 11 Luke Weber, North Dakota State
No. 12 Phillip Conigliaro, Harvard
No. 13 Carson Kharchla, Ohio State
No. 17 Julian Ramirez, Cornell
No. 18 Cole Moody, Wyoming
No. 19 Jackson Hemauer, Northern Colorado
174 Pounds (8)
No. 3 Mikey Labriola, Nebraska
No. 7 Ethan Smith, Ohio State
No.8 Chris Foca, Cornell
No. 14 Hayden Hastings, Wyoming
No. 17 Gerrit Nijenhuis, Purdue
No. 18 Cade DeVos, South Dakota State
19 Troy Fisher, Northwestern
No. 20 Trey Munoz, Oregon State
184 Pounds (7)
No. 2 Myles Amine
No. 6 Bernie Truax, Cal Poly
No. 12 Tate Samuelson, Wyoming
No. 15 Taylor Venz, Nebraska
No. 16 Rocky Jordan, Ohio State
No. 17 Max Lyon, Purdue
No. 19 Jonathan Loew, Cornell
197 Pounds (9)
No. 6 Jake Woodley, Oklahoma
No. 8 Patrick Brucki, Michigan
No. 9 Stephen Buchanan, Wyoming
No. 10 Eric Schultz, Nebraska
No. 11 Tanner Sloan, South Dakota State
No. 12 Thomas Penola, Purdue
No. 13 Lou DePrez, Binghamton
No. 16 Jacob Koser, Navy
No. 20 Jacob Cardenas, Cornell
285 Pounds (9)
No. 1 Gable Steveson, Minnesota
No. 3 Mason Parris, Michigan
No. 7 Tate Orndorff, Ohio State
No. 13 Christian Lance, Nebraska
No. 14 Brian Andrews, Wyoming
No. 15 Lucas Davison, Northwestern
No. 17 Lewis Fernandes, Cornell
No. 18 Yaraslau Slavilouski, Harvard
No. 20 AJ Nevills, South Dakota State
Pre-seeds have been released. Who is in? Who is out? Click here to see them all in Flo Arena.
*Official CKLV 2021 Brackets*
Official brackets have been released. Who is ranked where? Click here to see them all in Flo Arena.
Some notes to be aware of
+ Vito is not registered at 133. Does that mean he’s going to descend to 125 to challenge spencer?
+ This will be Yianni’s first real test at the new weight (149). This bracket is probably the deepest of all the weights. A Yianni vs. Sammy Sasso matchup could be one of the best bouts of the event. At 165, a TOM No. 2 Shane Griffith (Stanford) vs. No. 3 Evan Wick (Cal Poly) is a possible match worth drooling over. Look for Ohio State’s Carson Kharchla to make some noise this weekend as well.
+ Unfortunately, Minnesota and Michigan will be missing some serious star power.
+ Northwestern’s Ryan Deakin is going for the illustrious three-peat this weekend at 157. Per InterMat’s Earl Smith, the NU Wildcat is looking to join an elite group that possess three CKLV titles. Only six individuals have done this over the last 15 seasons: Kollin Moore (Ohio State), Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), Nahshon Garrett (Cornell), Logan Stieber (Ohio State; 4 titles), Mack Lewnes (Cornell), and Ben Askren (Missouri).
Looking back, Deakin’s CKLV in 2019 was electric: Deakin’s 2019 CKLV title results were as follows, per Northwestern Sports Information:
157: No. 2 Ryan Deakin (NU) Fall Peter Pappas (Edinboro), 2:09
157: No. 2 Ryan Deakin (NU) Fall Jacob Wright (Fresno State), 4:16
157: No. 2 Ryan Deakin (NU) Dec. No. 7 Jacori Teemer (Arizona State), 8-5
157: No. 2 Ryan Deakin (NU) Dec. No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State), 9-3
157: No. 2 Ryan Deakin (NU) Dec. No. 1 Hayden Hidlay (NC State), 6-2
Can Nebraska’s Peyton Robb dethrone another giant at 157 in Deakin? The Cornhusker took out 2021 149-pound champ Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) and went to overtime with fellow 2021 NCAA 157-pound champ David Carr (Iowa State) earlier this year.
+ While 149 is probably your best (most compelling) weight, 157 an 165 are not far behind. That said, there is potential for fantastic matches at all 10 weights.
+ Top teams No. 1 Iowa and No. 2 Penn State (NWCA) won’t be in Vegas this weekend, but they have some great team duals. No. 2 Penn State will take on the UPenn Quakers and No. 1 Iowa will battle the Cyclones of Iowa State.
USA Wrestling CKLV Preview
Miller’s CKLV 2021 Champion Picks
125: Pat Glory, Princeton
133: Chris Cannon, Northwestern
141: Clay Carlson, South Dakota State
149: Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell
157: Ryan Deakin, Northwestern
165: Evan Wick, Cal Poly
174: Mikey Labriola, Nebraska
184: Taylor Venz, Nebraska
197: Jake Woodley, Oklahoma
285: Lucas Davison, Northwestern