UNI Takes Fourth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite

By Michelle Van Dorn, UNI Sports Information

LAS VEGAS – UNI wrestling finished fourth out at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite, and six Panthers medaled.

Josh Alber led the way with a second-place finish at 141 pounds. He knocked off No. 6 Chad Red of Nebraska in the semifinals but was unable to avenge from earlier this year to Cornell's No. 11 Yianni Diakomihalis, who won 8-2 for the title.

Max Thomsen finished 4th at 149 pounds grabbed a win over No. 14 Josh Maruca of Arizona State, but was edged out 4-3 to No. 11 Ke-shawn Hayes of Ohio State University.

After being edged out 9-6 by the top wrestler in the nation at 174 pounds, Taylor Lujan fell to No. 5 Myles Amine of Michigan in an 11-9 decision to take fourth.

In his season debut, Jacob Holschlag finished fourth at 197 pounds and knocked off one top-20 opponent at the tournament.

Jay Schwarm was seeded 10th but finished sixth at 125 pounds. Drew Foster avenged a loss to Cornell's No. 13 Max Dean with a 9-5 decision before beating No. 8 Jordan Ellingwood of Central Michigan in a 3-1 decision for seventh place.

Forty-six teams competed at the Cliff Keen. Top-10 finishes:

  1. Ohio State 155.5 points
  2. University of Michigan 140 points
  3. Arizona State 113.5 points
  4. UNI 104 points
  5. Nebraska 100.5 points
  6. Virginia Tech 89.5 points
  7. Central Michigan 82 points
  8. Cornell University 62 points
  9. Wyoming 61 points
  10. Stanford 58.5 points

Five Panthers placed at the 46th annual Jim Koch Wisconsin Open. Jack Skudlarcyzk won a title at 133 pounds.

  • 141 pounds: Rudy Yates 2nd
  • 149 pounds: Keaton Geerts 4th
  • 165: Austin Yant 3rd
  • 165: Pat Schoenfelder 6th

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