Navy Wrestlers Set Sights on Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
After stepping away from competition for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Navy wrestling team (2-0, 0-0 EIWA) returns to action on Friday when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete in the 2017 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Las Vegas Convention Center will serve as the host venue for the two-day tournament slated to begin Friday at 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET. The CKLV Invitational is one of the top annual events that highlights some of the nation’s best wrestlers. This year’s field features 46 teams, including 15 programs ranked among the top 25 in the country and another five, including Navy, who are receiving votes. Additionally, over 100 ranked wrestlers will be in action.
Friday, December 1:
9 am PT / 12:00 pm ET: Pigtail Round, Round One, Round 2 of (32) Championship, Round 3 of (32) Round 4 of Championship (16), Consolation 1st of (16) Round 5 Consolation 2nd of (16).
6 pm PT / 9 pm ET: Quarterfinals and Consolation Round 1st of (8)
Saturday, December 2:
9 am PT / 12:00 pm ET: Consolation 2nd of (8)
10 am PT / 1:00 pm ET: Semifinals and Consolation Semifinals, Consolation Finals (5th & 6th, 7th & 8th)
3 pm PT / 6:00 pm ET: Championship Finals (1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th)
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More on the CKLV Invite
• This will be Navy’s 10th overall appearance at the CKLV Invitational and fourth under head coach Joel Sharratt.
• Last season, the Mids placed 26th among the 34 teams, and while Drew Daniels (165) and Jadaen Bernstein (174) advanced to the second day of competition, Navy had no placewinners.
• Teams competing at this year’s CKLV Invitational include: Air Force, American, Arizona State, Army West Point, Binghamton, Brown, Bucknell, Cal Poly, California Baptist, CSU Bakersfield, Central Michigan, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Edinboro, Embry Riddle, Fresno State, Harvard, Iowa State, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Navy, Nebraska, Nebraska Kearney, North Carolina, North Dakota State, North Idaho, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Stanford, Utah Valley, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Western Wyoming, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
• Among the more than 100 ranked wrestlers expected to compete at the CKLV Invitational, here is a breakdown by weight class: 125 (10), 133 (7), 141 (10), 149 (10), 157 (11), 165 (13), 174 (13), 184 (12), 197 (11), 285 (8). Meanwhile, just two of the top-ranked wrestlers in the country are due to compete - Arizona State sophomore Zahid Valencia at 174 pounds and Ohio State sophomore Killin Moore at 197 pounds.
• Two of Navy’s four ranked wrestlers will be in action this weekend at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - #7 Jadaen Bernstein (174) and #17 Michael Coleman (184).
• Bernstein continues to close in on 100-career victories as he heads into the weekend with a 95-37 record (.720). He is tied for 16th on the Mids’ all-time wins list and would become just the 14th wrestler in school history to reach 100 career wins. Peyton Walsh (2012-15) was the last Navy wrestler to finish his career with 100 wins. Bryce Saddoris (2008-10) holds the Navy record for wins with 147.
• Junior 141-pound Nicholas Gil is looking to go 3 for 3 with a win this weekend. Gil has won both tournaments he has competed in this season - Eastern Michigan Open and Navy Classic.
• Senior 197-pound Steban Cervantes fell out of the rankings after not competing in the Navy Classic due to injury, however, he enters the weekend with a 3-1 record and as the runner-up at the Eastern Michigan Open.
• Eastern Michigan Open champion and Navy Classic runner-up Michael Coleman enters the weekend with an 8-1 record and a #17 national ranking. He will compete in a weight class that features 11 other nationally-ranked foes, including six of the top 10 wrestlers.
• Freshmen Aslan Kilic (125) and Cody Trybus (133), along with junior Jonathan Carrera (165) and seniors Corey Wilding (149), Zack Davis (157), Steban Cervantes (197) and Austin Faunce (285) are all looking to capture individual titles for a first time in 2017-18. Trybus, Wilding, Carrera and Cervantes have been close, placing as runner-up in at least one tournament this season.
Projected Navy Lineup
• 125 - Aslan Kilic / Fr. / 2-1 / 2-1 career
• 133 - Cody Trybus / Fr. / 7-3 / 7-3 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Fr/So runner-up
• 141 - Nicholas Gil / Jr. / 9-0 / 55-23 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Champion, 2017 Navy Classic Champion
• 149 - Corey Wilding / Sr. / 8-2 / 59-49 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open runner-up, 2017 Navy Classic 5th/6th
• 157 - Zack Davis / Sr. / 9-2 / 85-43 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open 3rd place, 2017 Navy Classic 5th place
• 165 - Jonathan Carrera / Jr. / 4-3 / 20-20 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open runner-up
• 174 - Jadaen Bernstein / Sr. / 6-0 / 95-37 career / 2017 Navy Classic Champion
• 184 - Michael Coleman / Sr. / 8-1 / 60-35 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Champion, 2017 Navy Classic runner-up
• 197 - Steban Cervantes / Sr. / 3-1 / 49-33 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open runner-up
• 285 - Austin Faunce / Sr. / 3-4 / 7-7 career
Mids In the Rankings
• 141 - Sophomore Jared Prince
No. 9 InterMat
No. 8 FloWrestling
No. 9 Trackwrestling
• 165 - Senior Drew Daniels
No. 19 InterMat
• 174 - Senior Jadaen Bernstein
No. 7 InterMat
No. 9 FloWrestling
No. 5 Trackwrestling
• 184 - Senior Michael Coleman
No. 17 InterMat
No. 20 FloWrestling
No. 17 Trackwrestling
The Mids will wrestle their final match before stepping away for final exams and the holiday break when they travel to Philadelphia to face Drexel on Friday, Dec. 8. The dual between the two EIWA foes is slated to begin at 5:00 pm and will be held at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
### Go Navy ###