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Daly wins two matches for Sacred Heart at Cliff Keen Invitational

North Carolina State freshman Jakob Camacho, right, at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas in his second round match with Michigan’s Jack Mendley. (Photo courtesy North Carolina State sports information)

Sacred Heart University wrestler Gerard Daly won two matches for the Pioneers at the 2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Saturday.

Nebraska’s Isaiah White (165) won his second straight individual championship to help the Huskies win their third Cliff Keen Invitational championship at the Las Vegas Convention Center. White was one of nine Nebraska wrestlers who placed as the Huskers won their first Cliff Keen title since 2008.

Sacred Heart finished tied for 29th in the field of 32 teams with six points. Daly had a pair of victories in the consolation round with wins over Harvard’s Lukus Stricker, 7-3 and North Dakota State’s Sawyer Degen, 11-4.

Kyle Randall (125), Anthony Petrillo (133), Brandon Levesque (165) and Kyle Davis (184) each picked up individual wins for the Pioneers.

SHU will return to action on Friday, Dec. 20, when the Pioneers travel to face Binghamton in a dual match beginning at 1 p.m.

North Carolina state freshman Jakob Camacho (125) was 1-2 in the tournament. Camacho, the fourth seed at 125, lost his opening round match to Michigan’s Jack Mendley, 6-5 before earning a 12-3 victory over Cornell’s Dominic LaJoie. Camacho was eliminated when he was pinned by Northern Iowa’s Jacob Schwarm in 34 seconds.

Against Mendley, Camacho, the Danbury High graduate, had a 5-4 lead thanks to a takedown with 33 seconds remaining but Mendley’s reversal with 21 seconds to go gave him the lead for good. Camacho is now 8-3 on the season.

The No. 9 Wolfpack finished eighth in the field of 32 teams.

2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
At Las Vegas
Team results – 1. Nebraska 118, 2. Ohio State 109½, 3. Arizona State 103, 4. Northern Iowa 94, 5. Purdue 92½, 6. Iowa State 82½, 7. Minnesota 79½, 8. North Carolina State 77½, 9. Northwestern 77, 10. Oklahoma 66½, 11. Cornell 58, 12. Virginia Tech 54, 13. Wyoming 49½, 14. Virginia 46½, 15. Northern Colorado 40, 16. Michigan 37½, 17. Clarion 27½, 18. Utah Valley 27, 19. Cal Poly 26, 20. Fresno State 24½, 21. North Dakota State 22, 22. Kent State 17½, 23. Binghamton 15½, 24. Edinboro 14½, 25. Cal State Bakersfield 12½, 26. South Dakota State 10, 27. Harvard 9½, 28. Hofstra 9, 29. Nebraska-Kearney, Sacred Heart 6; 31. The Citadel 3, 32. Grand Canyon 0
125: Jack Mueller (Virginia) dec. Devin Schroder (Purdue), 6-2
133: Charles Tucker (Cornell) dec. Montorie Bridges (Wyoming), 4-1
141: Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) dec. Mitchell McKee (Minnesota), 10-6
149: Brayton Lee (Minnesota) dec. Sam Sasso (Ohio State), 6-4
157: Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) dec. Hayden Hidlay (NC State), 6-2
165: Isaiah White (Nebraska) dec. Joshua Shields (Arizona State), 3-1 OT
174: Dylan Lydy (Purdue) dec. Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa), 3-1 OT
184: Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) dec. Trent Hidlay (NC State), 12-4
197: Kollin Moore (Ohio State) dec. Christian (Purdue), 16-6
285: Mason Parris (Michigan) dec. Tanner Hall (Arizona State), 6-3
Consolation final
125: Michael Deaugustino (Northwestern) dec. Joey Prata (Virginia Tech), 5-2
133: Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) dec. Todd Small (Iowa State), 7-1
141: Dom Demas (Oklahoma) tech fall Ian Parker (Iowa State), 19-4 5:05
149: Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) dec. Griffin Parriott (Purdue), 10-3
157: David Carr (Iowa State) dec. Kendall Coleman (Purdue), 4-0
165: Thomas Bullard (NC State) pin Ethan Smith (Ohio State), 6:23
174: Michael Labriola (Nebraska) dec. Devin Skatzka (Minnesota), 7-5 OT
184: Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) dec. Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), 9-7
197: Thomas Lane (Cal Poly) dec. Jake Woodley (Oklahoma), 4-2
285: Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley) dec. Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State), 3-2

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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