Six Wisconsin natives participate in Cliff Keen Invite
By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online Sunday, December 6, 2015
Six Wisconsin natives participated at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday.
The 40-team tournament is one of the nation’s premier college wrestling events. This year’s tournament featured 80 nationally-ranked wrestlers and 10 ranked teams.
Rylan Lubeck (Wisconsin Rapids) and Eric Peissig (Menomonie) were in Wisconsin’s lineup, while Ben Thornton (La Crosse Central) and Jacob Morrissey (Oconto Falls) represented Purdue. Parker Hines (Ellsworth) and Marcus Malecek (St. Croix Central) took to the mat for Air Force.
In total, the group posted a 7-13 record.
Morrissey went 2-2 at 174 pounds. He fell to the No.10 seed, Frank Affronti (Hofstra), 6-5 in the Round of 32. He bounced back with a pair of wins in consolation action, topping West Virginia’s Ross Renzi 4-0 and then pinning Jordan Rothers (Minnesota) in 5:00.
The Consolation Round of 8 is where Morrissey’s run came to an end as he fell to Rustin Barrick (Bucknell) 15-4.
Malecek (285) also went 2-2. He fell to Jon Scanlan (Iowa State) 7-3 in the opening round. However, he rattled off consecutive victories over James Romero (Missouri) and Damian Trujillo (North Idaho) by counts of 10-2 and 12-2 respectively.
Sixth-seeded Michael Hughes of Hofstra eliminated Malecek via a 3-1 decision in the Consolation Round of 16.
At 149 pounds, Lubeck recorded a 1-2 mark. He scored a 10-0 major decision against Dylan Furtado of San Francisco state in the Round of 64 before being pinned by top-seeded Lavion Mayes (Missouri) in 6:59.
Lubeck dropped a 1-0 match to Navy’s Corey Wilding in the consolation bracket.
Hines (197) also won one of his three matches. He opened up competition with a 15-0 tech fall over Chris Restad (Western Wyoming) in the Round of 32. Hines fell to fourth-seeded Jacob Smith of West Virginia 7-1 in the next round.
A narrow 3-2 loss to Cody Crawford (Oregon State) ended the tournament for Hines.
Thornton (125) dropped a 13-10 decision to No.3 seed David Terao (American) in the Round of 32. Once in the consolation bracket, he recorded a tech fall over Patrick Kearney (The Citadel) and then fell to eighth-seeded Conor Youtsey (Michigan) 4-3.
Peissig (197) fell to No.8 Derek Thomas of Utah Valley 6-4 and then dropped a 3-2 match to Purdue’s Drake Stein.
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