COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational is considered by most as the premier regular season collegiate wrestling tournament of the season, and this year is no different as more than 30-plus teams travel to Nevada trying to unseat Ohio State as the three-time defending champions of the event. Schools are permitted to enter just one wrestler in each weight class, simulating postseason competition. The tournament begins Friday (Dec. 6) at noon ET and concludes with the finals Saturday (Dec. 7) at 6 p.m. ET.
North of 100 nationally-ranked wrestlers and 30 D-I wrestling programs are expected to scrap at the 2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Fifteen of FloWrestling’s Top-25 teams (six of the top-10) are going to be in Vegas.
DECADE OF DOMINANCE IN VEGAS
Ohio State has been on a 10-year heater at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, raking in six team titles since 2009 including three straight (2016, 17, 18). The Buckeyes have placed outside the top-5 just once in the past decade and own eight top-3 finishes. Team captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher are both former champions of the premier event and Moore has won back-to-back CKLV crowns.
— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) December 4, 2019
COMPETITION SCHEDULE (**all times eastern**)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
Noon | Championship rounds through the final 16; multiple consolation rounds
9 p.m. | Quarterfinals; round of consolations
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
Noon | Round of consolations
1 p.m. | Semifinals; 5th-8th place matches
6 p.m. | Finals; 2nd-4th place matches
PLETCHER PUSHING THE PACE
Luke Pletcher has notched bonus points in six of his first nine matches with four major decisions and two pins. He faced top-20 opponents in five consecutive bouts, outscoring the higher tiered competition by a combined tally of 56-21.
MO(O)RE BUCKEYE BONUS POINTS
Kollin Moore has recorded bonus points in eight of nine bouts with five major decisions, two tech falls and a pin. He’s averaging 16.75 points per bout (not including the pin) with a +87 point differential (134-47).
STRONG RETURN FOR SINGLETARY
Chase Singletary made his 2019-20 colllegiate debut on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, picking up an impressive 8-3 win over then-No. 9 Demetrius Thomas. The top-10 triumph included a Singletary ride out for the entire second period. He then came back two days later and grinded out a tough 4-2 win vs. Virginia Tech’s John Borst.