By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
Logan Stieber of Ohio State won his second Cliff Keen Las Vegas International gold at 133 pounds and was named Outstanding Wrestler. Larry Slater photo
Led by individual champions Logan Stieber at 133 pounds and Hunter Stieber at 141 pounds, Ohio State defended its team title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday. The Buckeyes edged Missouri by one point in the final standings, 124.5 to 123.5.
Missouri led after the semifinal round and had four finalists, and came home with two champions, Alan Waters at 125 pounds and Dom Bradley at 285 pounds.
Helping Ohio State make up the difference after the semifinals was the fact that three Buckeyes wrestled back to take fourth place after falling short of the finals: Nikko Triggas (125), Cam Tessari (149) and Peter Capone (285). Missouri had only one athlete wrestle back to fourth, Zach Toal at 165 pounds.
Logan Stieber was one of the three returning NCAA champions to claim titles. Stieber, who won a 2012 NCAA title, beat Nathan McCormick of Missouri, 12-1. He was named Outstanding Wrestler of the competition.
Three-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake of Cornell defeated Steven Monk of North Dakota State in the finals at 165 pounds, 6-0.
2011 NCAA champion Dustin Kilgore of Kent State edged Alfonso Hernandez of Wyoming at 197 pounds, 5-4.
Hunter Stieber reversed the outcome of last year’s Cliff Keen finals, when he beat returning champion Michael Mangrum of Oregon State, 9-6. Mangrum won that match last year, 6-3.
Bradley won the final match of the gold-medal round, stopping Chad Hanke of Oregon State, 3-2 in a battle of 2012 Olympic redshirts. Bradley needed additional bonus points in that match to pull Missouri over the top, but was unable to do so against the tough Hanke.
Other individual champions were Jason Chamberlain of Boise State at 149 pounds, R.J. Pena of Oregon State at 157 pounds and a pair of Nebraska stars, Robert Kokesh at 174 pounds and Josh Ihnen at 184 pounds.
Rounding out the top five teams were Cornell with 104.5 points, Oregon State with 98.5 points and Nebraska with 89.5 points.
Logan Stieber and Dake were the only champions from 2011 to repeat as Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational champions.
Special thanks to the live blog from Seton Hall Pirate on InterMat, as well as the efforts of Escape Sports, which provided brackets and agate from the event.
CLIFF KEEN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
At Las Vegas, Nevada, December 1
GOLD MEDAL FINALS
Athlete seeds for Cliff Keen LV International listed
No. 1 Alan Waters (Missouri) dec. No. 2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell), 6-4
No. 1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) maj. dec. No. 2 Nathan McCormick (Missouri), 12-1
No. 1 Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) dec. No. 2 Michael Mangrum (Oregon State), 9-6
No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) dec. No. 4 Cole VonOhlen (Air Force), 6-3
No. 3 R.J. Pena (Oregon State) dec. No. 9 Jedd Moore (Virginia), 9-7
No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec. No. 2 Steven Monk (North Dakota State), 6-0
No. 1 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) medical forfeit over No. 3 Dan Yates (Michigan)
No. 1 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska) pin No. 3 Mike Larson (Missouri), 2:13
No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) dec. No. 2 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming), 5-4
No. 1 Dom Bradley (Missouri) vs. No. 2 Chad Hanke (Oregon State), 3-2
Other Medal matches
3rd – Josh Martinez (Air Force) dec. Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) 4-3
5th – David Terao (American) pin Tyler Cox (Wyoming), 4:40
7th – Jesse Hillhouse (CSU-Pueblo) med. forfeit Jade Rauser (Utah Valley)
3rd – Devon Lotito (Cal Poly) dec. Levi Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa), 4-3
5th – George DiCamillo (Virginia) pin Ian Nickell (CSU-Bakersfield), 0:59
7th – Joshua Rodriguez (North Dakota State) dec. Thomas Kelliher (Wisconsin), 6-4
3rd – Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) dec. Mike Nevinger (Cornell), 5-2
5th – Steven Keith (Harvard) dec. Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia), 8-6
7th – Ridge Kiley (Nebraska) dec. Timmy Box (CSU-Bakersfield), 9-5
3rd – Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) dec. Cam Tessari (Ohio State), 7-5
5th – Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) dec. Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 10-3
7th – Justin Gonzalez (Northern Colorado) med forfeit Daniel Young (Army)
3rd – Andy McCulley (Wyoming) pin Bobby Barnhisel (Navy), 6:00
5th – David Bonin (Northern Iowa) dec. Gabe Martinez (Air Force), 6-0
7th – Georgi Ivanov (Boise State) med forfeit James Green (Nebraska)
3rd – Nick Sulzer (Virginia) dec. Zach Toal (Missouri), 5-2
5th – Taylor Massa (Michigan) tech fall Peyton Walsh (Navy), 19-3
7th – Paul Hancock (Army) maj. dec. Joseph Brewster (South Dakota State), 16-3
3rd – Blake Stauffer (Arizona State) med forfeit Matthew Miller (Navy)
5th – Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) dec. Scott Liegel (Wisconsin), 8-2
7th – Cody Caldwell (Northern Iowa) dec. Todd Porter (Missouri), 13-9
3rd – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) dec. Jacob Swartz (Boise State), 4-3
5th – Casey Newburg (Kent State) dec. Mason Bailey (Navy), 6-4
7th – Kevin Radford (Arizona State) med forfeit Lance Bryson (West Virginia)
3rd – Jake Meredith (Arizona State) dec. Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), 7-0
5th – Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State) maj dec. Brent Haynes (Missouri), 13-1
7th – Jace Bennett (Cornell) med forfeit Maxwell Huntley (Michigan)
3rd – J.T. Felix (Boise State) dec. Peter Capone (Ohio State), 3-2
5th – Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) dec. Stryker Lane (Cornell), 7-3
7th – Charles Merrill (Cal Baptist) dec. Henry Chirino (Northern Colorado), 8-5
1 Ohio State, 124.5
2 Missouri, 123.5
3 Cornell, 104.5
4 Oregon State, 98.5
5 Nebraska, 89.5
6 Boise State, 76.0
7 Virginia, 64.5
8 Northern Iowa, 62.5
9 Wyoming, 58.0
10 Navy, 56.0
11 US Air Force Academy 53.5
12 Michigan 52.5
13 Arizona State 52.0
14 Wisconsin 51.5
15 CSU Bakersfield 44.0
16 Kent State 42.0
17 North Dakota State 37.5
18 West Virginia 30.5
19 American 29.5
19 Northern Colorado 29.5
21 Cal Poly 27.0
22 CSU- Pueblo 21.0
23 Utah Valley 20.5
24 Army 19.0
24 Harvard 19.0
26 California Baptist (Calif.) 13.5
27 Nebraska-Kearney 12.0
28 North Idaho College 10.0
29 San Francisco State 9.5
29 South Dakota State 9.5
31 Western Wyoming College 7.5
32 Brown 6.5