LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Three North Dakota State University wrestlers – 125 Paul Bianchi, 157 Clay Ream and 165 Andrew Fogarty — are still alive in the consolation bracket following the first day of action Friday, Dec. 1 at the Cliff Keen Invitational held in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Bison are tied for 17th in the team standings with 31 points with Minnesota and Virginia.
The tournament continues at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Dec. 2.
North Dakota State’s 12th ranked 157-pounder Clay Ream reached the quarterfinals but lost by fall at 1:09 to 11th-ranked Alec Pantaleo of Michigan. Ream open with a pin, his third of the season, of Western Wyoming’s Zach Moore at 4:47 and 6-3 decision over Navy’s Zack Davis. Ream is 2-1 in the tournament and 8-2 overall.
NDSU redshirt freshman Paul Bianchi lost his first match, but rattled off four straight wins including an 11-5 upset of North Carolina’s 12th-ranked Dalton Macri and followed that up with a pin of Brown’s Donald Keeley at 6:09. He also recorded back-to-back major decisions over Binghamton’s Steven Bulzomi, 12-2, and Western Wyoming’s Jaxon Cole, 11-1. Bianchi is 4-1 in the tournament and 8-4 overall.
Impressive was the Bison 15th-ranked Andrew Fogarty lost his first match, but bounced back with four straight wins. His comeback started with a 9-2 decision over Northern Iowa’s Isaiah Patton, then had to rally in a wild third period 10-4 win over Navy’s Jonathan Carrera. Fogarty notched his third pin of the season over Eastern Michigan’s Zac Carson at 2:39, then recorded his third tech fall of the year, 19-3 at 4:27 against Drexel’s Ebed Jarrell.