Original photo courtesy of Richard Immel
This weeks college wrestler of the week, Anthony Ashnault earns the honor after coming away with a title in one of the most challenging weight classes at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. During his first three matches of the tournament at 149 lbs, Ashnault had a first-period pin, a decision, and an 18-2 technical fall. That set the stage for a semifinal meeting with ninth-ranked Mitch Finesilver (Duke). A takedown in the first period, then an escape and a second takedown provided the Scarlet Knight with a 5-0 lead, and he would never look back. Three more takedowns and a riding time point in the final frame gave Anthony a 12-4 win and a berth in the finals. Anthony’s opponent in the championship match was second-ranked Micah Jordan (Ohio State), a four-time finalist at the event, who was seeking his third title. Like his previous matches, Ashnault wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead. After a takedown 30 second into the match, Anthony was able to add two sets of four-point nearfalls, to take a commanding 10-0 lead into the second period. Jordan would rally late to make the final score 14-10; however, Ashnault was able to capture his title making him and 133 lber Nick Suriano, the first CKLV champions in school history.