Dec. 5, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nathan Tomasello and Micah Jordan are bringing hardware back with them from Las Vegas, as they each won a pair of matches in the championship brackets at 125 and 141 pounds, respectively, to help the third-ranked Buckeyes finish fifth overall at the Cliff Keen Invitational.
The CKLV Invitational is one of the nation’s most competitive tournaments, featuring a total of 40 teams – five ranked in the top 10 – and nearly 40 percent of all of the nation’s ranked wrestlers.
THE SHORT STORY: 125 LBS.
Tomasello’s 125-pound title came with a 5-4 decision in the final over Virginia Tech’s Joey Dance. Tied at 4-4 late in the third period, Dance was called for stalling and that proved to be the difference as Tomasello capped his weekend with his first-career CKLV title (he finished third last year).
The sophomore from Parma, Ohio got the first takedown of the match and led 2-1 following the first period, and then went ahead 3-1 with a quick escape to begin the second period. Dance evened things up with a second-period takedown but the wrestlers then exchanged escapes to make the score 4-4.
NOTING TOMASELLO’S TITLE
THE SHORT STORY: 141 LBS.
Jordan had one of the biggest days of his young career on Saturday, getting a 5-2 victory over top-seeded Solomon Chishkov in the semifinals and then following that up with a 7-3 win in the finals against third-seeded Todd Preston of Harvard.
In the finals, Jordan raced out to a 4-1 first-period lead thanks to a pair of takedowns. Preston made the score 4-1 to end the first stanza, but another Jordan takedown in the second extended his advantage to 6-2. Preston escaped towards the end of the second period, but was unable to get any closer (no points were scored in the third). Jordan tacked on an additional point for riding time.
Jordan’s semifinal win over top-seeded Solomon Chishkov was keyed by two first-period takedowns. Ahead 4-1, he allowed just one more escape at the beginning of the second period and fought off Chishkov’s comeback attempt for a 5-2 decision.
NOTING JORDAN’S TITLE
In the consolation wrestlebacks, Nick Tavanello scored often in a 10-3 decision against Hofstra’s Mike Hughes and then secured a fifth-place finish with his fall over Nick Gajdzik of NC State. Tavanello (11-2) is now tied for the team lead with five falls this season. Kenny Courts (10-2) also was a fifth-place finisher, winning three matches on Saturday, including his final match of the tournament by fall over Matthew Miller of Navy in 2:36.
JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS
CLIFF KEEN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL HISTORY
Ohio State will meet ninth-ranked Missouri next Saturday, Dec. 12, in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers finished fourth overall at last year’s NCAA Championships and feature junior J’Den Cox, ranked No. 2 at 197 lbs. and the 2014 NCAA champion. OSU and Missouri met last year at St. John Arena with the Tigers claiming a 20-19 victory based on the fourth tiebreak criteria.
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CKLV Invitational – Day Two
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello major decision over #12 Ryan Milhoff (Oklahoma) 11-3
Tomasello decision over #2 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech) 5-4
141: #5 Micah Jordan decision over #1 Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech) 5-2
Jordan decision over #3 Todd Presgton (Harvard) 7-3
149: Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) decision over Burcher 6-3
215: #7 Nick Tavanello decision over Mike Hughes (Hofstra) 10-3
Tavanello won by fall over Nick Gajdzik (NC State) 1:51
184: #3 Kenny Courts decision over Corey Griego (Oregon State) 11-6
Courts major decision over Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin) 11-3
Willie Miklus (Missouri) major decision over Courts 13-5
Courts won by fall over Matthew Miller (Navy) 2:36
Team Standings (Top 10):