Live Results- Updated Bracket
PRIMM, Nev. - The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team is tied for second place after the first day of competition at the 25th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Quakers still have three wrestlers alive in championship brackets and two in wrestlebacks.
Penn has 64 teams points, tying the Quakers with Michigan and Nebraska. Missouri leads with 86 points, while Indiana trails the three teams tied for second with 59 points.
One of the highlights of the tournament for Penn is happening at 125 lbs., where Matt Eveleth is through to the semifinals after upsetting two ranked opponents. Eveleth advanced by beating No. 13 Javier Maldonado of Tenn.-Chattanooga, 4-1, in the quarterfinals. Earlier, Evelethdefeated No. 15 Chad Sportelli in dominating fashion, majoring the Kent State grappler 13-1. Eveleth will take on another ranked opponent, No. 11 Paul Donahoe of Nebraska, in the semis.
At 133 lbs., it's all No. 2 Matt Valenti. The top-seed strung together three major decisions before beating No. 11 Mike Rowe of Nebraska, 9-6, to advance to the semifinals, where he'll face No. 9 Drew Headlee of Pitt.
Rick Rappo turned in an upset at 141 lbs., beating No. 17 Don Fisch of Rider with a fall at 4:40 of their Round of 32 match. Rappo, unfortunately, dropped his next two matches.
At 149 lbs., Rob Hitschler racked up some tournament points for the Quakers by fighting back through the consolation bracket with three wins before dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 10 Aaron Martin of Tenn.-Chattanooga.
No. 10 Matt Dragon was rolling through the 157-lb. bracket with two wins before taking an injury default in his match with Columbia's Devin Mesanko.
Zack Shanaman is still alive in the 165-lb. wrestlebacks. After falling to Western State's Zach Lee in a tight 4-3 decision, Shanaman won two consolation bouts and will take on Jake Donar of Wisconsin next.
No. 3 Matt Herrington is into the semifinals at 174 lbs. after dominating the lower half of the bracket thus far. The second-seed posted a tech fall and a fall before taking out No. 12 Doug Umbehaeur of Rider, 4-3, in the quarterfinals. He'll face No. 6 Kenneth Cook of Cal-Davis in the semis, and a huge match-up is potentially looming with No. 1 Ben Askren of Missouri in the final, should the two make it there.
Lior Zamir made it into the quarterfinals at 184 before falling to No. 3 Tyrel Todd of Michigan, 5-2. Zamir will start wrestlebacks with No. 12 Duke Burk of Northern Illinois.
At 197 lbs., Jack Sullivan got a few wins under his belt in wrestlebacksafter being pinned in the first round by Western State's Cody Mumma. Sullivan fought back to earn two wins before ultimately losing to Larry Reichard of Ohio, 8-3.
It was a similar story at heavyweight, where Ben Reiter was pinned in his first championship bracket match but earned a couple of wins in wrestlebacks. Reiter earned decisions over Ohio's Joe Ellwood and Cumberland's Xavier Taylor before West Virginia's Dustin Rogers took a 9-4 decision over him.