Dec. 7, 2003
Senior, David Dies (Akron, OH) wrestled to a 6th place finish in 149 for the Bears at the Las Vegas Open this past weekend. The team finished at the middle of the pack, placing 23 out of 43 teams with 31 points.
Individual Records from the Las Vegas Invitational
125: Greg Pace 2-2 Lose 13-8 to Jesse Miramontes / Cal State Fullerton Win 5-4 over Chad Young / Dana Win Forfeit over Frank Baughan / Army Lose 16-0 to Christian Staylor / Arizona State
133: Dan Appello 1-2 Lose 16-2 to Matt Sanchez / Cal State Bakersfield Win 4-1 over Amon Rowe / North Idaho Lose Fall to Caleb Schaffer / Montana State Northern
141: Mike Ashton - Did not Compete
149: David Dies 5-3 (6th place) Senior 149 pounder David Dies entered the tournament as the 10th seed, but placed four spots higher. David won his opening round match over Agustana's Ryan King by a 6-3 score. Dies then lost a 4-2 overtime bout to Fresno State's Casey Olson. Following the loss Dies put together an impressive four match winning streak on the consolation side of the bracket (8-0 over Mike Baria - Harvard / 7-1 over Dan Jankowski - Purdue / 9-0 over Jacob Giamoni - North Carolina State / 5-0 over Adrian Austin - George Mason). In the consolation semifinals Dies faced a quick Patrick Williams of Arizona State falling 13-5. The loss put Dies in the match for fifth place where he again faced Olson of Fresno State, and again fell 4-2.
157: Mike Savino 3-2 Win 13-1 over Joe Kenton / South Dakota State Lose 16-0 to Jesse Jantzen / Harvard Win 7-3 over Andrew Donofrio / Virginia Tech Win 8-3 over Josh Wieberga / Central Washington Lose 8-2 to Andrew Shuler / Wyoming
165: Sean Jenkins 4-2 Senior 165 pounder Sean Jenkins did not garner a seed, but expectations were high. Jenkins started out the tournament with 9-3 decision over Cade Chaturia of Northwest Wyoming, and followed with a 12-3 major decision over Cody Henriksen of Augustana. In the following round Jenkins faced off against the 3rd seed (and the nations 5th ranked 165 pounder) John Clark of Ohio State. Jenkins fought hard and had little trouble attacking Clark on his feet, but Clark used his funky style to counter attack several of Jenkins scoring attempts and in the end handed Jenkins a 14-10 loss. In the consolation side of the bracket Jenkins defeated Harvard's Jonathan Spiker 7-2 and West Virginia's Zach Fryling 5-3 before falling one round short of placing to Virginia Techs Chris Stith by a 6-3 score.
174: Mike Pedro 2-0 (before withdrawing due to injury)
184: Nick Ciarcia 3-2 Senior 184 pounder Nick Ciarcia entered the tournament as the 6th seed, but failed to place. Nick looked impressive in the opening round of competition defeating Dan Conteras of Cal State Fullerton by a 13-4 major decision. In the following round Nick was upset 7-6 by Tom Meester of Augustana. The loss put Ciarcia in the Consolation bracket where he downed Kyle Fisher of Montana State Northern 8-3 as well as Army's Luke Calvert 3-2. Next up Nick faced the tournaments 5th seed (and nations 8th ranked 184 pound wrestler) Nick Frost of Arizona State. Frost did a good job of controlling the ties en route to defeating Ciarcia 3-1. The loss put Ciarcia out of the tournament one round shy of placing.
197: Peter Gladish (injury default first match)
HWT: Lee Beane 2-2 Lose 4-1 to Israel Silva / North Idaho Win 4-0 over Ryan Tonkin / Dana Win 4-1 over Chris Finn / Central Oklahoma Lose 6-2 to Tyler Rhodes / Northwest Wyomi
The Bears will resume their season January 3 when they compete in the Lone Star Duals in Dallas, Texas.