LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Junior 184-pounder CJ LaFragola posted a 3-1 record to advance to the second day of competition and lead Brown wrestling at the 36th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
On day one of a tournament that featured nine of the top-20 teams in the nation, No. 16 ranked and No. 10 seeded LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) won three of his four bouts on the day to remain in contention for placing.
He opened the event with a 10-3 win over Connor Kirkland of Western Washington. After falling to No. 7 seeded Ricky Robertson in sudden victory, he responded with victories over Noah Stewart of Army West Point, 3-2, and Dylan Anderson of Minnesota, 9-6.
Three Bears – sophomore 125-pounder Trey Keeley (Washington, Ill.) junior 165-pounder Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.), and junior 285-pounder Ian Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) – earned two wins apiece on the day. Viruet notched the team's lone pin of the day.
Keeley tallied victories over Drexel's Zack Fuentes (7-6) and Ohio State's Braken Mead (10-4), Viruet topped Fresno State's Isaiah Hokit (4-0) and Northern Colorado's Keilan Torres (Fall 6:56), and Butterbrodt edged CSU Bakersfield's Mark Penyacsek (8-2) and Binghamton's Connor Calkins (5-3).
No. 15 ranked and No. 7 seeded senior 157-pounder Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) earned one win over Cornell's Adam Santoro (9-4) while freshman 174-pounder Bryce Rogers (Orlando, Fla.) registered one victory over CSU Bakersfield's Brian Battisto (7-5).
In the team standings, Brown ranks in a tie for 38th out of 46 teams. The Bears stand ahead of fellow EIWA foes Harvard (40th) and Bucknell (42nd).
Next, Brown completes competition at the Cliff Keen Invitational tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 2.
Trey Keeley (2-2)
Sergio Mendez (CSU Bakersfield) def. Keeley in Round of 32, Dec. 9-5
Keeley def. Zack Fuentes (Drexel) in Consolation, Dec. 7-6
Keeley def. Braken Mead (Ohio State) in Consolation, Dec. 10-4
Paul Bianchi (North Dakota State) def. Keeley in Consolation, Fall 6:03
Zeke Salvo (0-2)
(8) Cam Sykora (North Dakota State) def. Salvo in Round of 64, TF 16-1
Josh Finesilver (Duke) def. Salvo in Consolation, Dec. 13-9
Jimmy Pawelski (0-2)
Sal Profaci (Michigan) def. Pawelski in Round of 64, Dec. 9-2
Austin Harry (Army West Point) def. Pawelski in Consolation, Dec. 10-4
Matt Lattanze (0-2)
(2) Colton McCrystal (Nebraska) def. Lattanze in Round of 32, TF 22-7
Jimmy Fate (Northern Colorado) def. Lattanze in Consolation, Dec. 4-3
No. 15 Ranked, No. 7 Seed Justin Staudenmayer (1-2)
Andrew Shomers (Edinboro) def. Staudenmayer in Round of 64, Dec. 4-0
Staudenmayer def. Adam Santoro (Cornell) in Consolation, Dec. 9-4
Chase Straw (Iowa State) def. Staudenmayer in Consolation, Dec. 9-8
Jon Viruet (2-2)
Viruet def. Isaiah Hokit (Fresno State) in Round of 64, Dec. 4-0
Viruet def. Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado) in Round of 32, Fall 6:56
Evan Wick (Wisconsin) def. Viruet in Round of 16, Dec. 8-4
Vincent Deprez def. Viruet in Consolation, Medical Forfeit
Bryce Rogers (1-2)
(8) Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) def. Rogers in Round of 64, TF 18-2
Rogers def. Brian Battisto (CSU Bakersfield) in Consolation, Dec. 7-5
Tyrel White (Columbia) def. Rogers in Consolation, Dec. 10-8 SV
No. 16 Ranked, No. 10 Seed CJ LaFragola (3-1 on Friday)
LaFragola def. Connor Kirkland (Western Wyoming) in Round of 32, Dec. 10-3
(7) Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin) def. LaFragola in Round of 16, Dec. 3-1 SV
LaFragola def. Noah Stewart (Army West Point) in Consolation, Dec. 3-2
LaFragola def. Dylan Anderson (Minnesota) in Consolation, Dec. 9-6
LaFragola vs. (8) Steven Schneider (Binghamton) in Consolation
Tucker Ziegler (0-2)
(2) Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) def. Ziegler in Round of 32, Dec. 14-5
Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) def. Ziegler in Consolation, Dec. 9-2
Ian Butterbrodt (2-2)
Butterbrodt def. Mark Penyacsek (CSU Bakersfield) in Round of 64, Dec. 8-2
Butterbrodt def. Connor Calkins (Binghamton) in Round of 32, Dec. 5-3
(3) Jacob Kasper (Duke) def. Butterbrodt in Round of 16, Dec. 7-3
(9) Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley) def. Butterbrodt in Consolation, Dec. 9-5