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Graff, Medbery lead Badgers into semi-finals at Cliff Keen Invitational

ON WISCONSIN <b>Tyler Graff finished the day with a 3-0 record at 141 lbs.</b>
Tyler Graff finished the day with a 3-0 record at 141 lbs.

Nov. 30, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin wrestling team’s two ranked wrestlers, No. 8 Tyler Graff and No. 15 Connor Medbery, continued to impress Friday night, winning their bouts and advancing to the semi-finals at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

Wrestling as the No. 3 seed at 141 lbs., Graff opened up the afternoon with a dominating tech fall win over Utah Valley University’s Avery Garner, 21-6, before defeating Northern Iowa’s Joey Lazor by major decision, 17-6. It was the second time in less than a week that Graff defeated Lazor, earning the win by fall in the Badgers’ dual against the Panthers last week.

Graff finished up his evening with a 9-3 decision over Harvard’s Steven Keith. The junior will wrestle No. 2 seed Michael Mangrum of Oregon State in the semi-finals on Saturday.

A first-round bye at heavyweight for Medbery led to an 8-2 win over California Baptist’s Charles Merrill. Medbery will face Cornell Stryker Lane in the semi-finals.

Despite a first-round loss to No. 8 seed Levi Wolfensperger, Tom Kelliher (133 lbs.) bounced back to win three-straight matches to advance to Saturday’s consolation round where he will face Kent State’s Kyle Bauer.

At 174 lbs., Scott Liegel opened up his day with an 8-4 decision over American’s Keithen Cast and a 10-1 major decision over North Idaho’s Kyle Sweedman. A 17-6 major decision loss to No. 1 seed Robert Kokesh of Nebraska bumped Liegel down to the consolation round where he will face Oregon State’s Austin Morhead on Saturday.

No. 8 seed Jackson Hein will continue his tournament run against Michigan’s Maxwell Huntley on Saturday. Hein opened up competition with a 9-3 decision over Navy’s Peter Huntley before falling to No. 9 seed Jace Bennett (Cornell), 4-0.  Hein earned a pair of wins, defeating Riley Argyle (Cornell) by fall in 4:01 and Army’s Bryce Barnes by decision, 8-3.

With two wrestlers still undefeated and three wrestling in the consolation round, the Badgers sit in 10th place with 32.5 points. Ohio State is in first place with eight wrestlers still alive and 85.0 points, while Missouri is in second with nine wrestlers and 80.5 points.  

Action continues on Saturday with consolation round four beginning at 11 a.m. (CT). Semi-finals start at noon and championship finals get underway at 5 p.m.

125 lbs
William Watterson (Brown) dec. Matt Cavallaris (WIS), 6-0
Matt Cavallaris (WIS) dec. Taylor Hall (California Baptist), 4-1
Jesse Hillhouse (CSU) dec. Matt Cavallaris, 4-2 SV

133 lbs.
No. 8 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) maj. dec. Tom Kelliher, 14-4
Tom Kelliher (WIS) dec. Isiah Hurtado (San Francisco State), 5-0
Tom Kelliher (WIS) dec. Chasen Tolbert (Utah Valley University), 7-3
Tom Kelliher (WIS) dec. Rosario Bruno (MICH), 4-1
Tom Kelliher (WIS) vs. Kyle Bauer (Kent State)

141 lbs.
No. 3 Tyler Graff (WIS) tech fall Avery Garner (UVU), 21-6
No. 3 Tyler Graff (WIS) maj. dec. Joey Lazor (UNI), 17-6
No. 3 Tyler Graff (WIS) dec. Steven Keith (Harvard), 9-3
No. 3 Tyler Graff (WIS) vs. No. 2 Michael Mangrum (Oregon State)

149 lbs
No. 8 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) dec. Cole Schmitt (WIS), 9-2
Cole Schmitt (WIS) dec. Paul Liguori (Harvard), 5-0
No. 10 Daniel Young (Army) dec. Cole Schmitt (WIS), 5-4

157 lbs.
No. 5 David Bonin (UNI) dec. Kalvin York (WIS), 9-6
Kalvin York (WIS) tech. fall Paul Miller (California Baptist), 17-0
Kalvin York (WIS) dec. Mallie Shuster (Kent State), 5-3
Kyle Chene (Cal Poly) dec. Kalvin York (WIS), 12-9

165 lbs
Charlie McMartin (Northern Colorado)dec. Ben Cox (WIS), 9-5
Curtis Cook (UVU) dec. Ben Cox (WIS), 6-0

174 lbs.
Scott Liegel (WIS) dec. Keithen Cast (American), 8-4
Scott Liegel (WIS) maj. dec. Kyle Sweedman (North Idaho), 10-1
No. 1 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) maj. dec. Scott Liegel (WIS), 17-6
Scott Liegel (WIS) vs. Austin Morhead (Oregon State)

197 lbs.
No. 8 Jackson Hein (WIS) dec. Peter Huntley (Navy), 9-3
No. 9 Jace Bennett (Cornell) dec. Jackson Hein (WIS), 4-0
Jackson Hein (WIS) fall Riley Argyle (Western Wyoming College), 4:01
Jackson Hein (WIS) dec. Bryce Barnes (Army), 8-3
Jackson Hein (WIS) vs. Maxwell Huntley (MICH)

No 5 Connor Medbery (WIS), Bye
No. 5 Connor Medbery (WIS) dec. Charles Merrill (California Baptist), 8-2
No. 5 Connor Medbery (WIS) vs. Stryker Lane (Cornell)

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