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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Buckeyes remain alive after the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, led by a group of five that wrestled their way into tomorrow’s semifinals. In the team face, the Buckeyes stand in first place with 73 points, two ahead of second-place Virginia Tech.
THE SHORT STORY
Redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez, redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello, redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan, redshirt freshman Kollin Moore and sophomore Myles Martin all had unbeaten days and redshirt sophomore Cody Burcher became the sixth Buckeye to advance to Saturday when he won three wrestleback matches. Amongst the group of five still fighting for championships, nine of their 16 wins came via bonus points (five falls).
TOMASELLO MAKES HIS DEBUT
Tomasello, a two-time All-American at 125 lbs., made his 2016-17 debut at 133 lbs. and looked to be in midseason form. He racked up an average of 13.6 points per match and rolled into the semifinals as the top seed. His 9-4 quarterfinal win over Arizona State’s Ali Naser sets up a date in the semifinals with fifth-seeded Mark Grey of Cornell.
RODRIGUEZ CONTINUES STRONG START
A redshirt freshman from Massillon, Ohio, the unseeded Rodriguez improved to 8-1 on the year with a 1:48 fall over ASU’s Josh Kramer (his second win over Kramer in the last two weeks), a gutty 4-3 decision in the second round over Brent Fleetwood of Central Michigan and 10-2 major decision against Cornell’s Noah Baughman. He now takes of seventh-seeded Trey Edwards of North Colorado tomorrow in the semifinals.
JORDAN GETS THREE FALLS
The team leading in wins (15) and bonus point wins (13), Jordan picked up three falls on the day to give him five on the year. In his only match that didn’t end in a pin, he scored 13 points in a 13-7 decision against ASU’s Josh Maruca. He’ll tangle with third-seeded and seventh-ranked Justin Oliver of Central Michigan tomorrow.
After dropped a hard-fought 5-3 decision to ninth-ranked Anthony Valencia of Arizona State in the opening round, Burcher fought back to win three matches in the wrestlebacks, all of them coming by decision. In the three bouts, Burcher gave up just three points combined.
MOORE, MARTIN SHINE IN UPPER WEIGHTS
At 197 and 184 lbs., respectively, Moore and Martin punched their tickets to tomorrow’s semifinals with five wins that were by either fall, technical fall or major decision. Martin added to pins of the day, bringing his season total to three.
Action at the CKLV Invitational continues tomorrow with the consolation rounds at noon EST and semifinals at 1 p.m. EST. All the action can be seen in Flowrestling (subscription required).
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2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational | Day One Results | December 2, 2016
Jose Rodriguez | 125 lbs. | Unseeded
First Round: Rodriguez fall over Josh Kramer (ASU) 1:48
Second Round: Rodriguez decision over Brent Fleetwood (Cent. Michigan) 4-3
Quarterfinals: Rodriguez major decision over Noah Baughman (Cornell) 10-2
Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | No. 1 seed
First Round: Tomasello tech fall over Dom Latona (Virginia Tech) 22-7
Second Round: Tomasello decision over Shayne Wireman (Eastern Michigan) 10-3
Quarterfinals: Tomasello decision over Ali Naser (Arizona State) 9-4
Brendan Fitzgerald | 141 lbs. | Unseeded
First Round: Jack Mutchnik (American) decision over Fitzgerald 5-0
Consolation Rd.: One: Fitzgerald fall over John Meeks (Iowa State) :51
Consolation Rd.: #13 Brock Zacherl (Clarion) fall over Fitzgerald 6:23
Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | No. 2 seed
First Round: Jordan fall over Parker Kropman (Binghamton) 3:59
Second Round: Jordan fall over Zach Kelly (Bucknell) 5:42
Third Round: Jordan decision over Josh Maruca (Arizona State) 13-7
Quarterfinals: Jordan fall over Coleman Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) 3:56
Jake Ryan | 157 lbs. | No. 9 seed
First Round: Ryan major decision over Tristan Rifanburg (Binghamton) 12-4
Second Round: Josh Shields (Arizona State) decision over Ryan 8-5
Consolation Rd.: #18 Victor Lopez (Bucknell) decision over Ryan 6-1
Cody Burcher | 165 lbs. | Unseeded
First Round: #9 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) decision over Burcher 5-3
Consolation Rd.: Burcher decision over Dylan Lydy (Purdue) 6-0
Consolation Rd.: Burcher decision over Evan Delong (Clarion) 4-1
Consolations Rd.: Burcher decision over Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado) 4-2
Seth Williams | 174 lbs. | Unseeded
First Round: Jake Morrissey (Purdue) major decision over Williams 9-0
Consolation Rd.: Weston Dobler (Oregon State) decision over Williams 5-2
Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | No. 2 seed
First Round: Martin major decision over Scott Marmoll (Clarion) 18-6
Second Round: Martin fall over Wesley Schultz (Wyoming) 3:42
Quarterfinals: Martin fall over Will Sumner (Utah Valley) 3:45
Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | No. 4 seed
First Round: Moore major decision over Harley DiLulo (Boise State) 18-7
Second Round: Moore decision over Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force) 2-1
Quarterfinals: Moore technical fall over Tanner Orndoff (Utah Valley) 20-5
Josh Fox | 285 lbs. | Unseeded
First Round: #4 Tanner Hall (Arizona State) major decision over Fox 8-0
Consolation Rd.: Fox major decision over Wade French (Western Wyoming) 13-5
Consolation Rd.: Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan) major decision over Fox 12-3
Team Standing (Top 10)
1. Ohio State – 73 pts.
2. Virginia Tech – 71 pts.
3. Minnesota – 61.5 pts.
4. Cornell – 59.5 pts.
5 (tie). Central Michigan – 57 pts.
5 (tie). Arizona State – 57 pts.
7. Wisconsin – 55 pts.
8. Edinboro – 45.5 pts.
9. Michigan – 39.5 pts.
10. Stanford – 37.5 pts.