Dec. 1, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Members of the Navy wrestling team will participate in two tournaments this weekend at opposite ends of the country. Navy’s top wrestler at each weight class will head west to take part in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational on Friday and Saturday, while 18 additional wrestlers will make the trip to Penn State for the annual Nittany Lion Open on Sunday.
The 30th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational features some of the premier programs in the country, including 11 teams currently ranked in the top 25 by InterMat. The two-day, 34-team tournament will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Hall C-3) with pigtails beginning at 9:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Eastern on Friday. In addition to Navy, the following teams are on tap to compete at this year’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational: Air Force, Army, Arizona State, Boise State, Brown, #19 Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, California Baptist, #5 Cornell, Drexel, #24 Edinboro, Harvard, Hofstra, #22 Kent State, Menlo College, #8 Michigan, #11 Missouri, Nebraska, Nebraska-Kearney, North Carolina, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, North Idaho College, #10 Ohio State, #T14 Oregon State, #T14 Pitt, San Francisco State, #12 Stanford, Utah Valley, West Virginia, Western Wyoming, Wisconsin, #13 Wyoming.
Additionally, four of the nation’s No. 1-ranked wrestlers are expected to be in action this weekend — 141 - Kellen Russell of Michigan; 157 - Kyle Dake of Cornell; 174 - Nick Amachastegui of Stanford; and 197 - Cam Simaz of Cornell. Four of the top seven wrestlers at 125, 149 and 174 pounds will be on hand to battle for the title, as well as three of the top five at 141 pounds.
Meanwhile, hundreds of wrestlers from around the country are expected to compete in the Nittany Lion Open, a non-team scoring event which will be held at Penn State’s Rec Hall beginning at 8:30 am. In addition to Navy, some of the teams who are expected to send wrestlers to the Open include #5 Penn State, #8 Pitt, #10 Lehigh, #13 Maryland, #14 Virginia Tech, #16 Rutgers, #19 Central Michigan, #20 Kent State, #23 Virginia and #25 Binghamton. Live updates will be available via the web on Escape Sports' site at http://test.escapesports.com/Results/Results.php(.)
Looking for his third tournament win of the season will be senior 184-pound Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.), who opened up the 2011-12 campaign with back-to-back tournament wins at the Eastern Michigan Open and the Navy Classic. However, this weekend’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational field will pose a strong challenge for Rebertus. Including Rebertus, who is ranked 13th, eight of the top 20 wrestlers in the 184-pound weight class will be in action. He will get an early glimpse of EIWA favortie Steve Bosak of Cornell who is ranked third, while he may have the opportunity to avenge an earlier loss this season against 10th-ranked Josh Ihnen of Nebraska.
Meanwhile, senior 133-pound Aaron Kalil (Salem, N.H.) has just one blemish in his 11 matches this season, a quarterfinal loss to Purdue’s Cashe Quiroga at the Eastern Michigan Open where he place third. Since that loss, he has won eight straight which featured three dual victories at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals, as well as a title win at the Navy Classic. Like Rebertus, Kalil is also wrestling in a stout weight class where 11 of the top 20 wrestlers in the country are expected to be in action. Among those is Nebraska junior Ridge Kiley who Kalil defeated, 5-4, at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals.
Rebertus, who boasts an 8-2 record this season, heads into the weekend ranked 24th on the Mids’ all-time wins list with an 81-26 record. Meanwhile Kalil is just two wins shy of joining Navy’s all-time wins list. He stands 78-42 over his four-year career.
Junior Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.) has looked strong over the first month of action where he has put together a 9-1 record at 174 pounds and featured a title win at the Navy Classic and a runner-up showing at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open. His lone loss came against Ohio State’s Nick Heflen who is currently ranked fourth. Huntley is ranked 18th by InterMat and faces a field with six other nationally-ranked wrestlers, including No. 1-ranked Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford.
Additionally, junior 165-pound Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.) and sophomore 149-pound Joe Locksmith (Kissimmee, Fla.) are both coming off individual championship victories at the Navy Classic two weeks ago. Bailey is a second-year starter who has amassed a 9-3 record this season, while Locksmith has won four straight en route to a 6-5 mark.
Last year the Mids placed 18th out of 36 teams at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with 2011 graduate Bryce Saddoris finishing in third at 157 pounds and Rebertus in seventh.
Meanwhile, four wrestlers placed for the Mids in their respective weight classes at the 2010 Nittany Lion Open, including sophomore 141-pound Raymond Borja (Virginia Beach, Va.) who finished eighth and is on tap to join the Mids in Vegas this weekend.
30th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Date: Friday, Dec. 2 thru Saturday, Dec. 3
Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center (Hall C-3)
Participating teams: Air Force, Army, Arizona State, Boise State, Brown, #19 Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, California Baptist, #5 Cornell, Drexel, #24 Edinboro, Harvard, Hofstra, #22 Kent State, Menlo College, #8 Michigan, #11 Missouri, Navy, Nebraska, Nebraska-Kearney, North Carolina, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, North Idaho College, #10 Ohio State, #T14 Oregon State, #T14 Pitt, San Francisco State, #12 Stanford, Utah Valley, West Virginia, Western Wyoming, Wisconsin, #13 Wyoming
Tickets: $40 adults, $30 students (all session), $20/$15 adults, $15/$12 students (single session - preliminary/championship)
Friday, Dec. 2
9:00 am - Pigtails, Rds 1&2, Consolation Pigtails, Consolation Rd 1
7:00 pm - Quarterfinals, Consolation Rds 2&3
Saturday, Dec. 3
9:00 am - Consolation Rd 4
10:00 am - Semifinals, Consolation Rd 5, Consolation Semifinals, Consolation Finals (3rd-8th place)
3:00 pm - Championship Finals
Projected participating ranked wrestlers:
• 125 - #3 Nic Bedelyon (Kent St), #5 Alan Waters (Missouri), #6 Frank Perrelli (Cornell), #7 Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota St), #9 Sean Boyle (Michigan), #12 Michael Martinez (Wyoming), #13 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra), #16 Anthony Zanetta (Pitt), #18 Shane Young (West Virginia), #20 Tyler Iwamura (CSU Bakersfield)
• 133 - #4 Logan Stieber (Ohio St), #5 Ryan Mango (Stanford), #10 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), #11 Zac Stevens (Michigan), #12 Nathan McCormick (Missouri), #15 Colin Johnston (West Virginia), #16 Aaron Kalil (Navy), #17 Ridge Kiley (Nebraska), #18 Steven Keith (Harvard), #19 James Roberts (Oregon St), #20 Shelton Mack (Pitt)
• 141 - #1 Kellen Russell (Michigan), #2 Boris Novachkov (Cal Poly), #5 Mike Mangrum (Oregon St), #10 Tyler Small (Kent St), #12 Mike Nevinger (Cornell), #14 Evan Henderson (North Carolina), #15 Hunter Stieber (Ohio St), #17 Mitchell Port (Edinboro), #20 Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia)
• 149 - #3 Tyler Nauman (Pitt), #5 Cole Von Ohlen (Air Force), #6 Eric Grajales (Michigan), #7 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon St), #11 Cole Schmitt (Wisconsin), #12 Craig Eifert (Cronell), #15 Cam Tessari (Ohio St), #16 Kyle Bradley (Missouri), #19 Ian Miller (Kent St)
• 157 - #1 Kyle Dake (Cornell), #7 Walter Peppelman (Harvard), #14 Josh Demas (Ohio St), #17 Steven Monk (North Dakota St), #18 George Ivanov (Boise State), #20 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri)
• 165 - #3 Shane Onufer (Wyoming), #4 P.J. Gillespie (Hofstra), #10 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), #12 Gabe Burak (Northern Colorado), #13 Zach Toal (Missouri), #16 Ben Jordan (Wisconsin), #17 Joe Booth (Drexel), #18 Dan Yates (Michigan)
• 174 - #1 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford), #4 Nick Heflin (Ohio St), #5 Dorian Henderson (Missouri), #7 Ryan DesRoches (Cal Poly), #11 Justin Zeerip (Michigan), #18 Oscar Huntley (Navy), #19 Ethan Headlee (Pitt)
• 184 - #3 Steve Bosak (Cornell), #4 Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming), #10 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska), #12 Jake Swartz (Boise St), #13 Luke Rebertus (Navy), #16 Matt Ryan (West Virginia), #18 Ben Clymer (Hofstra), #19 Mike Larson (Missouri)
• 197 - #1 Cam Simaz (Cornell), #4 Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro), #7 Matt Wilps (Pitt), #12 Taylor Meeks (Oregon St), #13 Brent Haynes (Missouri), #17 Andrew Campolattano (Ohio St), #19 Ryan Smith (Cal Poly)
• 285 - #8 Clayton Jack (Oregon St), #11 Tucker Lane (Nebraska), #13 Zac Thomusseit (Pitt), #14 Ben Apland (Michigan), #15 Ernest James (Edinboro), #16 Brendan Barlow (Kent St), #18 Kyle Frey (Drexel), #20 J.T. Felix (Boise State).
Projected Navy lineup
• 125 - Patrick Prada
• 133 - Aaron Kalil
• 141 - Raymond Borja
• 149 - Joe Locksmith
• 157 - Zach Basich
• 165 - Mason Bailey
• 174 - Oscar Huntley
• 184 - Luke Rebertus
• 197 - Paul Rands
• 285 - Dan Miller
2011 Nittany Lion Open
Date: Sunday, Dec. 4
Start Time: 8:30 am
Venue: Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University
Projected Navy lineup
• 125 - None
• 133 - Ben Creed, Colton Rasche
• 141 - Alex Johnson, Quentin Leadbeter
• 149 - Eric Filipowicz, Ben Hunter, Peyton Walsh
• 157 - Matt Jackson
• 165 - Jordan Krulik, Jake Schalles, Johnny Watson
• 174 - Gary Albright, James Mannier
• 184 - James Maxwell
• 197 - Colynn Cook, Ben Hatef
• 285 - Brendan Kahle, Chance Rauscher
### Go Navy ###