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Discussion Topic: CLiff Keen Las Vegas Classic
James Kessen added to this discussion on November 27, 2017

I took this off Flo but here is a list of ranked wrestlers.

125lbs
No. 3 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), JR: 7-0

No. 6 Ryan Millhof (Arizona State), JR: 4-0

No. 7 Sean Russell (Edinboro), JR: 5-1

No. 9 Dalton Macri (North Carolina), JR: 1-0

No. 10 Luke Welch (Purdue), SR: 9-0

No. 11 Louie Hayes (Virginia), FR: 7-1

No. 12 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley), FR: 12-2

No. 16 Connor Schram (Stanford), SR: 6-1

No. 18 Zeke Moisey (West Virginia), JR: 6-4

No. 19 Jay Schwarm (Northern Iowa), SO: 8-1

No. 20 Drew Mattin (Michigan), FR: 4-3

Commentary: Ethan "backpack" Lizak did not get a chance to compete here last year, so it will certainly be fun seeing guys try to avoid going under him. The thought of best friends/high school teammates Sean Russell and Ryan Millhof meeting in the finals is also quite intriguing. Freshman Drew Mattin gets his first test in a stacked field.

133lbs
No. 2 Stevan Micic (Michigan), SO: 1-0

No. 10 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), SO: 7-0

No. 12 Austin Eicher (Michigan State), JR: 0-0

No. 13 Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech), JR: 8-2

No. 14 Josh Terao (American), JR: 8-2

No. 17 Ian Parker (Iowa State), FR: 7-2

No. 18 Austin DeSanto (Drexel), FR: 7-1

Commentary: Not a whole lot of firepower, but Luke Pletcher is certainly one everyone expected to outplace his preseason ranking. The always electric Austin DeSanto will be in the mix, with a shot at redemption against Ian Parker, an under the radat threat to make a deep run.

141lbs
No. 3 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming), SR: 1-0

No. 5 Joey McKenna (Ohio State), JR

No. 7 Tommy Thorn (Minnesota), JR

No. 8 Jared Prince (Navy), SO

No. 9 Javier Gasca (Michigan State), SR

No. 11 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell), FR

No. 12 Josh Alber (Northern Iowa), JR

No. 13 Tyler Smith (Bucknell), SR

No. 15 Mason Smith (Central Michigan), SO

No. 16 Michael Longo (Oklahoma), SR

No. 17 Kanen Storr (Iowa State), FR

No. 19 Eli Stickley (Wisconsin), SO

No. 20 Russell Rohlfing (CSUB), SO

Commentary: Loaded, especially if Joey McKenna comes after competing at the U23 world championships. We finally get a chance to know exactly where Yianni stacks up in the pecking order of perhaps the most balanced weight class in the country.

149lbs
No. 3 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa), SO

No. 5 Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech), JR

No. 6 Justin Oliver (Central Michigan), JR

No. 9 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State), SO

No. 11 Troy Heilmann (North Carolina), SR

No. 13 Josh Maruca (Arizona State), SO

No. 17 Jarrett Degen (Iowa State), FR

No. 18 Davion Jeffries (Oklahoma), JR

Commentary: That is an excellent potential semifinal pairing, four guys who are great bets to stand on the podium in Cleveland.

157lbs
No. 5 Josh Shields (Arizona State), SO

No. 6 Micah Jordan (Ohio State), JR

No. 10 Clay Ream (North Dakota State), SR

No. 12 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan), JR

No. 13 Jake Short (Minnesota), SR

No. 14 Collin Heffernan (Central Michigan), SR

No. 15 Paul Fox (Stanford), JR

No. 17 Archie Colgan (Wyoming), SR

No. 18 Andrew Crone (Wisconsin), SR

No. 19 Taleb Rahmani (Pittsburgh), SO

No. 20 Justin Staudenmayer (Brown), SR

Commentary: Josh Shields might be the hottest wrestler in the country right now. Jake Short is the reigning champ, and Alec Pantaleo will be looking to right the ship somewhat.

165lbs
No. 3 Logan Massa (Michigan), SO

No. 4 David McFadden (Virginia Tech), SO

No. 7 Te'Shan Campbell (Ohio State), JR

No. 8 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State), SO

No. 9 Nick Wanzek (Minnesota), SR

No. 12 Branson Ashworth (Wyoming), JR

No. 13 Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado), SR

No. 15 Evan Wick (Wisconsin), FR

No. 17 Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh), FR

No. 18 Lorenze De La Riva (CSUB), SO

No. 19 Andrew Fogarty (North Dakota State), SO

No. 20 Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley), SO

Commentary: Perhaps the most anticipated finals matchup is here, between All Americans David McFadden and Logan Massa. Te'Shan Campbell is a beast on top though, Anthony Valencia is always a threat to upset the apple cart, and Nick Wanzek is one of the most frustrating guys to wrestle in the country.

174lbs
No. 1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), SO

No. 3 Bo Jordan (Ohio State), SR

No. 5 Myles Amine (Michigan), SO

No. 7 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), SO

No. 8 Brandon Womack (Cornell), JR

No. 9 Jadaen Bernstein (Navy), SR

No. 11 Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma), SR

No. 12 Drew Hughes (Michigan State), SO

No. 13 Ethan Ramos (North Carolina), SR

No. 16 Christian Brucki (Central Michigan), SR

No. 17 Keaton Subjeck (Stanford), SR

No. 18 Ben Harvey (Army West Point), SO

Commentary: America's toughest schedule continues as Zahid Valencia tries to defend his CKLV title.

184lbs
No. 2 Myles Martin (Ohio State), JR

No. 5 Dom Abounader (Michigan), SR

No. 6 Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech), JR

No. 7 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa), JR

No. 8 Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan), SR

No. 9 Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin), SR

No. 13 Max Dean (Cornell), FR

No. 14 Steven Schneider (Binghamton), SR

No. 16 Chip Ness (North Carolina), JR

No. 18 Dylan Gabel (Northern Colorado), JR

No. 20 Michael Coleman (Navy), JR

Commentary: Last year, Myles Martin was the defending champ coming up in weight, and Zack Zavatsky beat him in the semis. Martin is once again the hunted, but there is yet again a Dean in the field, Gabe's younger brother Max.

197lbs
No. 1 Kollin Moore (Ohio State), SO

No. 2 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech), SR

No. 5 Kevin Beazley (Michigan), SR

No. 6 Jake Smith (West Virginia), SR

No. 9 Matt Williams (CSUB), SR

No. 13 Corey Griego (Oregon State), JR

No. 14 Jeric Kasunic (American), SR

No. 15 Christian Brunner (Purdue), SO

No. 17 Nathan Traxler (Stanford), FR

No. 18 Hunter Ritter (Wisconsin), SO

No. 19 Daniel Chaid (North Carolina), SR

Commentary: A clash of the titans, our only potential 1 vs 2 matchup, and a rematch from last year's third place match at NCAAs.

285lbs
No. 2 Adam Coon (Michigan), SR

No. 4 Tanner Hall (Arizona State), JR

No. 8 Ryan Solomon (Pittsburgh), SR

No. 12 Billy Miller (Edinboro), JR

No. 14 Nathan Butler (Stanford), SR

No. 15 Brett Dempsey (Ameriacn), SR

No. 16 Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan), SR

No. 18 Garrett Ryan (Columbia), SR

No. 19 Joey Goodhart (Drexel), SR

Commentary: No Kyle Snyder is never fun, but we still have Adam Coon, Tanner Hall and Ryan Solomon.



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Discussion Topic: CLiff Keen Las Vegas Classic
Chris Shepherd added to this discussion on November 27, 2017

There's not a single weight here that I don't care to see. Lots of underlying stories here :) The first real glimpse of what's ahead.



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Discussion Topic: CLiff Keen Las Vegas Classic
Pat Altvater added to this discussion on November 27, 2017

It is interesting to note, that if this reflected the real tournament seeds when they come out, that OSU has a top 4 seed in every class except NATO's 125 and KYLE's 285.

Does anyone have an update on Nato's health status. I remember hearing that they were projecting early December for him to be ready to wrestle. Just wondering if there's a chance he will wrestle in Las Vegas?

This is probably my favorite tournament of the year, because you have the hope of all of the newer wrestlers to meet or exceed the expectations you have for them. Prime on that list this year is Luke, KeShawn, Joey, and Te'shan. Also, Micah and Bo could get rematches with Shields and Valencia which could be 'very interesting'.



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Discussion Topic: CLiff Keen Las Vegas Classic
Hank Kornblut added to this discussion on November 27, 2017

I'd love to see McKenna wrestle but will completely understand if he sits out.



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Discussion Topic: CLiff Keen Las Vegas Classic
Matt Mace added to this discussion on November 28, 2017

Quote from Pat Altvater's post:

"Does anyone have an update on Nato's health status. I remember hearing that they were projecting early December for him to be ready to wrestle. Just wondering if there's a chance he will wrestle in Las Vegas?
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I don't have an update but if I were coaching him, I'd hold him out of CKLV. Too soon coming off an injury to throw him in a tough tourney like this. I'm guessing he's shooting for Dec 10th when the Buckeyes come to CVCA to honor Nate at his high school. The Bucks will wrestle Indiana. Oliver would be a good test for Nato. He's no gimme.



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Discussion Topic: CLiff Keen Las Vegas Classic
Pat Altvater added to this discussion on November 28, 2017

Quote from Matt Mace's post:

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Quote from Pat Altvater's post:

"Does anyone have an update on Nato's health status. I remember hearing that they were projecting early December for him to be ready to wrestle. Just wondering if there's a chance he will wrestle in Las Vegas?
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I don't have an update but if I were coaching him, I'd hold him out of CKLV. Too soon coming off an injury to throw him in a tough tourney like this. I'm guessing he's shooting for Dec 10th when the Buckeyes come to CVCA to honor Nate at his high school. The Bucks will wrestle Indiana. Oliver would be a good test for Nato. He's no gimme."



Your logic makes sense concerning the injury. But, as a fan, as was said about Snyder, we don't have that many more opportunities to enjoy watching him in major competitions, and I miss that.



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