Dec. 1, 2012
• Full Results
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin wrestling team entered the final day of the 31st annual Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas, Nev., with five wrestlers still in contention, four of which were able to place and help lead the Badgers to a 14th-place team finish.
Ohio State won the tournament, followed by Missouri and Cornell in second and third, respectively.
The Badgers were led by their two ranked wrestlers and semi-finalists in Las Vegas, as third-seeded Tyler Graff took home the third-place title at 141 lbs., and fifth-seeded Connor Medbery placed fifth at heavyweight.
Outside of those two, Tom Kelliher finished eight at 133 lbs., and Scott Liegel placed sixth at 174 lbs. Graff won the third-place match over the tournament’s fourth-seed, Cornell’s Michael Nevinger, in a 5-2 decision.
Graff went 2-1 on the tournament’s final day, falling to No. 2-seeded Michael Mangrum from Oregon State, 5-4, before rebounding to beat West Virginia’s Nathan Pennesi, 7-5, to earn his spot in the third-place match.
Medbery began his 2-2 day against Cornell’s heavyweight Stryker Lane, as the redshirt freshman advanced with a 5-2 victory. Medbery then fell to top-seeded Dominque Bradley in a close 2-1 decision, falling to the consolation bracket, where he lost to Boise State’s J.T. Felix, 6-3, to set up a rematch with Lane for fifth place where Medbery won, 7-3.
Kelliher started the day with a 10-2 win over Kent State’s Kyle Bauer at 133 lbs., before facing, and falling, to Northern Iowa’s Levi Wolfensperger for the second time in the tournament and the third time overall this season. The loss dropped Kelliher to the seventh-place match, where he lost, 6-4, to North Dakota State’s Joshua Rodriguez.
At 174 lbs., Scott Liegel pulled a pair of upsets, opening with a pin in less than two minutes against Oregon State’s No. 6 Austin Morehead, before winning, 7-3, against the No. 5 seed, Todd Porter from Missouri. Follow the upset win, Liegel lost to Arizona State’s Blake Stauffer, 10-7, and dropped into the fifth-place match, where he fell to CSU-Bakersfield’s Bryce Hammond, 8-2.
The only Wisconsin wrestler that made it to the second day, but did not place, was 197 lbs., No. 8-seed Jackson Hein. Hein lost his first match of the day in the consolation round, 3-1 in sudden victory, to Michigan’s Maxwell Huntley.
The Badgers return to dual action, and open Big Ten play, next Saturday, Dec. 8, at the UW Field House at 7 p.m. against Michigan State.
Tom Kelliher (WIS) dec. Kyle Bauer (Kent State), 10-2
Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) fall Tom Kelliher (WIS), 2:09
Joshua Rodriguez (NDSU) dec. Tom Kelliher (WIS), 6-4
Michael Mangrum (Oregon State) dec. Tyler Graff (WIS), 5-4;tb
Tyler Graff (WIS) dec. Nathan Pennesi (WVU), 7-5
Tyler Graff dec. Michael Nevinger (Cornell), 5-2
Scott Liegel (WIS) fall Austin Morehead (Oregon State), 1:59
Scott Liegel (WIS) dec. Todd Porter (MIZZ), 7-3
Blake Stauffer (ASU) dec. Scott Liegel (WIS), 10-7
Bryce Hammond (CSU) dec. Scott Liegel (WIS), 8-2
Maxwell Huntley (MICH) dec. Jackson Hein (WIS), 3-1 SV
Connor Medbery (WIS) dec. Stryker Lane (Cornell), 5-2
Dominique Bradley (MIZZ) dec. Connor Medbery (WIS), 2-1
J.T. Felix (BSU) dec. Connor Medbery (WIS), 6-3
Connor Medbery (WIS) dec. Stryker Lane (Cornell), 7-3
UW Athletic Communications