Iowa State heads to the desert for CKLV

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What: Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
When: Friday 12.6.19 at 11am CT – Saturday 12.7.19 at 8pm CT
Where: Las Vegas, NV |Las Vegas Convention Center
#9 Arizona State
Cal Poly
Cal State Bakersfield
T-#25 Cornell
Fresno State
Grand Canyon
#11 Iowa State
Kent State
#24 Michigan
#12 Minnesota
#7 North Carolina State
#6 Nebraska
North Dakota
Northern Colorado
#5 Northern Iowa
#13 Northwestern
#3 Ohio State
#19 Oklahoma
#18 Purdue
Sacred Heart
South Dakota State
The Citadel
T-#25 Utah Valley
#15 Virginia
#16 Virginia Tech

*TOM Tournament Team Rankings

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The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Cyclones as they head to Vegas for arguably the toughest, in season, tournament on the NCAA calendar. Please note: this is an Invitational, not an Open. The ten starting lineup wrestlers, unless injured, will let it fly in a loaded field at this years CKLV. Team scores will be tallied, which adds to the postseason-like feel.

#2 Jack Mueller – Virginia
#7 Devin Schroeder – Purdue
#8 Alex Mackall – Iowa State
#12 Jacob Camacho – NC State
#15 Jay Schwarm – UNI
#19 Patrick McKee – Minnesota
#20 Joey Prata – Virginia Tech

Alex Mackall will look to rebound strong this weekend. He already has a tech fall win over Jay Schwarm in the finals of the Cyclones Open. With seven of the top twenty wrestlers in attendance; this will be a good early season measuring stick for Alex.

#3 Sebastian Rivera – Northwestern
#7 Chas Tucker – Cornell
#8 Montorie Bridges – Wyoming
#10 Taylor LaMont – Utah Valley
#12 Josh Kramer – Arizona State
#13 Zack Trampe – Binghamton
#15 Louie Hayes – Virginia
#16 Tony Madrigal – Oklahoma

Todd Small will have murky waters to navigate in Las Vegas. However, he’s no stranger to big time tournaments, winning two NJCAA national titles. Kevin Dresser had this to say about Todd after the Cyclone Open, “Well he’s very good on his feet. We’ve got to do some work on the mat. He is super talented.”

#1 Luke Pletcher – Ohio State
#2 Dom Demas – Oklahoma
#4 Mitch McKee – Minnesota
#8 Tariq Wilson – NC State
#9 Chad Red – Nebraska
#10 Ian Parker – Iowa State
#18 Mitch Moore – Virginia Tech
#20 DJ Lloren – Fresno State

Six of the top ten ranked wrestlers will be competing Friday and Saturday for a CKLV title. Parker split with Demas last year; taking a 4-3 decision in SV in a dual at Hilton last January. He faced Chad Red in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in March, with Red the victor. Redemption will no doubt be on the mind of Iowa State’s grinder in Las Vegas.

#6 Sammy Sasso – Ohio State
#7 Max Thomsen – Northern Iowa
#8 Jarrett Degen – Iowa State
#9 Griffin Parriott – Purdue
#14 Collin Purinton – Nebraska
#16 Braxton Lee – Minnesota
#17 Yayha Thomas – Northwestern

While everyone knows guys have been able to get to Degen’s legs, but not all finish the job. He’s well aware of the fact he needs to improve in this area; telling media in October. Jarrett is the funkiest Cyclone on the roster. Always exhilarating watching him scrap.

#1 Hayden Hidlay – NC State
#2 Ryan Deakin – Northwestern
#3 David Carr – Iowa State
#7 Kendall Coleman – Purdue
# 12 Will Lewan – Michigan
#15 Jacori Teemer – Arizona State
#16 Justin Thomas – Oklahoma
#19 BC LaPrade – Virginia Tech

Here’s what David Carr had to say leading up to the CKLV…

#4 Isaiah White – Nebraska
#5 Josh Shields – Arizona State
#6 David McFadden – Virginia Tech
#13 Ethan Smith – Ohio State
#14 Thomas Bullard – NC State
#16 Philip Conigliaro – Harvard

Chase Straw has his work cut out for him this weekend at his new weight. Straw did come out strong against Iowa’s Marinelli scoring the first takedown on a double leg. It’ll be good to get a tournament of this magnitude under his belt early on to see what things need to be worked on for March.

#4 Bryce Steiert – Northern Iowa
#5 Mike Labriola – Nebraska
#7 Dylan Lydy – Purdue
#8 Devin Skatzka – Minnesota
#9 Anthony Valencia – Arizona State
#14 Marcus Coleman – Iowa State
#15 Hayden Hastings – Wyoming
#16 Jackson Hemauer – Fresno State
#17 Anthony Mantanona – Oklahoma
#18 Daniel Bullard – NC State
#19 Kaleb Romero – Ohio State
#20 Brandon Womack – Cornell

Who can forget the double digit points Coleman put up in the third period against Mantanona last year for the come from behind victory. Marcus is due to have a breakout performance and this tournament would be a perfect place for it for the Cyclones. A high finish this weekend would do nothing but bolster the redshirt sophomores confidence.

#1 Zahid Valencia – Arizona State
#2 Taylor Lujan – Northern Iowa
#3 Hunter Bolen – Virginia Tech
#4 Trent Hidlay – NC State
#6 Taylor Venz – Nebraska
#7 Louie DePrez – Binghamton
#8 Ben Darmstadt – Cornell
#11 Sam Colbray – Iowa State
#15 Alan Clothier – Northern Colorado
#16 Tate Samuelson – Wyoming

Sam Colbray’s thoughts on a loaded 184 pound bracket at the CKLV…


#1 Kollin Moore – Ohio State
#5 Eric Schultz – Nebraska
#6 Jay Aiello – Virginia
#11 Lucas Davison – Northwestern
#12 Thomas Lane – Cal Poly
#13 Christian Brunner – Purdue
#15 Jake Woodley – Oklahoma
#18 Kordell Norfleet – Arizona State

Trial by fire rages on for red shirt freshman, Joel Shapiro. Shapiro is 3-3 on the young season, with two of those wins by fall.

#3 Mason Paris – Michigan
#6 Tate Orndorff – Utah valley
#7 Tanner Hall – Arizona State
#9 Chase Singletary – Ohio State
#17 Gannon Gremmel – Iowa State
#18 Carter Isley – Northern Iowa
#19 Christian Lance – Nebraska
#20 Brian Andrews – Wyoming

Gannon Gremmel already has a win over Isley in the finals of the Cyclone Open this year. He also pinned Orndorff in Iowa State’s dual with Utah Valley a year ago in Hilton Coliseum. One thing you can count on from Gannon is that he’ll never stop battling. He’s also never out of a match with big throw capabilities.

*TOM Individual Rankings