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Jack finishes third to help Wolfpack take second at Cliff Keen Invitational

Danbury native Ryan Jack finished third at the Cliff Keen Collegiate Invitational Saturday in Las Vegas.

Danbury High graduate Ryan Jack had four wins over ranked opponents to help No. 8 North Carolina State finish in second place, 10 points behind No. 16 Nebraska, at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.

Wolfpack teammate Trent Hidlay (184) and Isaac Trumble (197) each won their respective weight classes. Nebraska had three individual champions and four placewinners to win the tournament.

Sacred Heart participated in the 33-team event and finished 29th with 7½ points, the most points they have scored in four trips to the elite tournament.

Jack won his first three matches with wins over Ohio’s Kyran Hagan, 7-2, Columbia’s Matt Kazimir, 6-1, and Oregon State’s Cleveland Belton, 6-1 before dropping a 5-4 decision to Nebraska’s Brock Hardy in the semifinals. Hardy got a takedown as time expired to get the win.

Trailing 3-0 in the second period, Jack got an escape to cut the lead to two. In the third period, he got an escape with 1:41 left in the match and a takedown with 40 seconds left to take a one-point lead over Hardy, a No. 8 seed who won the tournament with a 6-1 win over Northern Iowa’s Carl Kappel.

Jack beat Virginia Tech’s Tom Crook in the consolation semifinals, 8-3 and finished third with a pin over Navy’s Joshua Koderhandt in 5:16.

n a battle of All-Americans, Hilday, the No. 2 seed defeated top-seed Parker Keckeisen of UNI, 8-2. Early in the first period, Hidlay whipped Keckeisen to his back for a takedown and four back points to lead 6-0.

In an active match with a ton of great scrambles, Trumble, also a No. 2 seed, edged No. 5 Tanner Harvey, Oregon State, 6-4. Harvey scored the first takedown, but after an escape, Trumble earned a counter takedown for a 3-2 lead. Harvey was penalized for pulling on the headgear to make it 4-2. A Harvey reversal knotted it at 4-4. Two more Trumble escapes secured the win.

Andrew Fallon (133) won a pair of matches for Sacred Heart with wins over Western Wyoming’s Cody Phelps, 6-5, and an 8-4 win over The Citadel’s George Rosa. Mike Manta (125), Jordan Carlucci (141), Matt Laurie (149) and Aidan Zarrella (165) each won one match each.

Sacred Heart (0-5) returns to action in a dual meet when they host Bucknell on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Pitt Center in Fairfield.

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational
At Las Vegas, Nev.
Top 10 teams: 1. Nebraska 137½, 2. N.C. State 127½, 3. South Dakota State 123, 4. Michigan 96½, 5. Northern Iowa 96, 6. Arizona State 89, 7. Cornell 83½, 8. Ohio State and Oregon State 82½, 10. Northwestern 81½
Others: 29. Sacred Heart 7½
125 Richard Figueroa (Arizona State) dec. Matt Ramos (Purdue), 3-2
133 Vitali Arujau (Cornell) dec. Michael McGee (Arizona State), 6-1
141 Brock Hardy (Nebraska) dec. Cael Happel (Northern Iowa), 6-1
149 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) dec. Kyle Parco (Arizona State), 6-2
157 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) dec. Kendall Coleman (Purdue), 7-3
165 Julian Ramirez (Cornell) tech fall Tanner Cook (South Dakota State), 17-1 2:18
174 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) dec. Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech), 3-1 SV
184 Trent Hidlay (NC State) dec. Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa), 8-2
197 Isaac Trumble (NC State) dec. Tanner Harvey (Oregon State), 6-4
285 Mason Parris (Michigan) dec. Lucas Davison (Northwestern), 6-4
125 Liam Cronin (Nebraska) dec. Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State), 4-2
133 Kyle Biscoglia (Northern Iowa) M FOR Jason Shaner (Oregon State)
141 Ryan Jack (NC State) pin Joshua Koderhandt (Navy), 5:16
149 Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) dec. Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State), 2-1
157 Ed Scott (NC State) tech fall Will Lewan (Michigan), 10-0 2:04
165 Matthew Olguin (Oregon State) pin Bubba Wilson (Nebraska), 7:41
174 Christopher Foca (Cornell) dec. Cade Devos (South Dakota State), 6-4
184 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) dec. Kaleb Romero (Ohio State), 3-1 SV
197 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State) dec. Evan Bockman (Utah Valley), 4-3
285 Yaraslau Slavikouski Rečyca (Harvard) M FOR Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force)
125 Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) dec. Tanner Jordan (South Dakota State), 11-5
133 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan) dec. Sam Latona (Virginia Tech), 3-1
141 Tom Crook (Virginia Tech) M FOR Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)
149 Jackson Arrington (NC State) dec. Alec Hagan (Ohio), 5-2
157 Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern) dec. Cael Swensen (South Dakota State), 6-2
165 Josh Ogunsanya (Columbia) M FOR Austin Yant (Northern Iowa)
174 Troy Fisher (Northwestern) FOR Demetrius (Utah Valley), 0-0
184 Cade King (South Dakota State) pin Lenny Pinto (Nebraska), 1:17
197 Silas Allred (Nebraska) M FOR Andy Smith (Virginia Tech)
285 Tyrell Gordon (Northern Iowa) dec. AJ Nevills (South Dakota State), 3-1 OT

Results and brackets: 2022 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational

Content from USA Wrestling included in this report. 

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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