COLUMBUS, Ohio After a fast-paced day of weigh-ins and seven rounds of wrestling that spanned more than half a day, the Ohio State wrestling team sits in eighth place following day one Friday at the 27th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational. With six wrestlers still in contention, including three advancing to the semifinals in Lance Palmer (149), Colt Sponseller (165) and Corey Morrison (HWT), the Buckeyes have collected 50 points in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Outside of Nebraska, who leads the field with 74 points, it is a close tournament for teams in the Top 10. Second-place Minnesota leads Ohio State by only 9.5 points and seventh-place Purdue has a slight .5 margin on the Buckeyes.

Team Standings after Day One (wrestlers remaining: championship, consolation)
1. Nebraska, 74 (4,2)
2. Minnesota, 59.5 (2,4)
3. Boise State, 56 (3,2)
4. Pittsburgh, 54 (2,6)
5. Indiana, 53.5 (1,6)
6. Michigan, 52 (2,3)
7. Purdue, 50.5 (2,3)
8. Ohio State, 50 (3,3)
T-9. Cal State-Bakersfield, 47 (2,2)
T-9. Cornell, 47 (2,4)
11. Penn, 46 (2,3)
12. Illinois, 44.5 (1,3)
13. Harvard, 43 (3,1)
14. Virginia Tech, 42 (1,4)
15. Army, 40.5 (1,3)

Palmer owns the No. 2 seed in the event and won three-consecutive matches to advance to the semifinals, which will begin at noon ET Saturday. Palmer will face No. 3 Kyle Ruschell of familiar Big Ten Conference opponent Wisconsin.

Following a first-round bye, the junior from Columbia Station, Ohio, pinned Barrett Abel of Cal Davis in 2:11. He followed that performance with a pair of decisions over Corey Bleaker of Cumberland, 5-2, and No. 7 Matt Kyler of Army, 3-2.

No. 2 Lance Palmer
First Round BYE
Second Round Pinned Barrett Abel (Cal Davis), 2:11
Third Round Decisioned Corey Bleaker (Cumberland), 5-2
Quarterfinals Decisioned No. 7 Matt Kyler (Army), 3-2

Sponseller is off to a similar start as Palmer, taking a first-round bye before pinning Mike Gorman of Army in 6:22. Back-to-back 3-1 decisions over Big Ten seeded wrestlers in the second round and quarterfinals ensued for the native of Glenmont, Ohio.

Completing the two-point win over No. 11 Scott Glasser of Minnesota, the Buckeye sophomore concluded his day with an upset against No. 3 Luke Manuel of Purdue. Sponseller, the sixth seed, is slated to meet No. 2 Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska Saturday.

No. 6 Colt Sponseller
First Round BYE
Second Round Pinned Mike Gorman (Army), 6:22
Third Round Decisioned No. 11 Scott Glasser (Minnesota), 3-1
Quarterfinals Decisioned No. 3 Luke Manuel (Purdue), 3-1

Morrison recorded a trio of decisions, including a 9-4 win over No. 6-seed Benjamin Berhow of Minnesota in the quarterfinals, en route to this place in the final four. In the second and third rounds, Morrison, a junior from Shaker Heights, Ohio, notched a 5-3 triumph against Ricky Alcala of Cal Davis and 6-2 decision over Western State’s Charlie Alexander.

Morrison will match up against No. 2 seed Zach Sheaffer of Pittsburgh in the semifinals.
No. 3 Corey Morrison
First Round BYE
Second Round Decisioned Ricky Alcala (Cal Davis), 5-3
Third Round Decisioned Charlie Alexander (Western State), 6-2
Quarterfinals Decisioned No. 6 Benjamin Berhow (Minnesota), 9-4

Although no longer in the championship bracket, Nikko Triggas (125), J Jaggers (141) and Jason Johnstone (157) will aim to tack on more points to the Ohio State team score Saturday when they continue action in the consolation bracket.

The fifth seed, Triggas was able to down Brad Steele of Dickinson State in 1:43 in the second round following a first-round bye. The sophomore from Moraga, Calif., then decisioned No. 12 BJ Futrell of Illinois, 3-2. However, Triggas encountered fourth-seed Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals and suffered a 12- 4 loss. Triggas will face Brandon Zoetewey of Cal State Bakersfield in round three consolation action beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

No. 5 Nikko Triggas
First Round BYE
Second Round Pinned Brad Steele (Dickinson State), 1:43
Third Round Decisioned No. 12 BJ Futrell (Illinois), 3-2
Quarterfinals lost to No. 4 Jarrod Garnett (Virginia Tech) 12-4

Jaggers, who earned the No. 1 seed, also lost in the quarterfinals. The senior from Northfield, Ohio, fell, 3-2, to No. 9 Corey Jantzen of Harvard. Prior to the quarterfinals, Jaggers posted an impressive 17-0 technical fall over Neil Birt of Cumberland in the first round. A 5-4 decision vs. Casey Thorne of Army proceeded before the loss.

Jaggers drew Minnesota’s Michael Thorn in the wrestlebacks. 

No. 1 J Jaggers
First Round BYE
Second Round Technical Fall Neil Birt (Cumberland), 17-0
Third Round Decisioned Casey Thorne (Army), 5-4
Quarterfinals lost to No. 9 Corey Jantzen (Harvard), 4-3

The senior Johnstone also made a run to the round of eight, knocking off No. 11-seed Sean Bilodeau of Lehigh in the third round on the way. However, the native of Massillon, Ohio, was unable to better No. 3-seed JP O’Connor of Harvard, who prevailed, 6-0. Johnstone opened action in Las Vegas with an 8-3 decision over Ryan Goodman of West Virginia.

The sixth-seed, Johnstone now will face Aaron Hynes of Michigan Saturday.

No. 6 Jason Johnstone
First Round BYE
Second Round Decisioned Ryan Goodman (West Virginia), 8-3
Third Round Decisioned No. 11 Sean Bilodeau (Lehigh), 7-2
Quarterfinals lost to No. 3 JP O’Connor (Harvard), 6-0

Junior Dave Rella (174), senior Wes Bergman (184) and freshman Cody Gardner (197) bowed out of competition after the first day with two losses.