NDSU 125 Fleetwood Fourth, 133 Sykora Eighth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — North Dakota State 125-pounder Brent Fleetwood placed fourth and 133 Cam Sykora finished eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s the sixth straight appearance NDSU has had at least one wrestler finish in the top eight. The Bison are 18th in the team standings with 45.5 points.

North Dakota State (3-0, 1-0 #Big12WR) hits the road for a pair of Big 12 Conference wrestling duals at Wyoming and Air Force on Dec. 8-9.

Unseeded and No. 21-ranked Fleetwood dropped a 9-3 decision to Northwestern top-seed and No. 2-ranked Sebastian Rivera in the semifinals but rebounded with an efficient 4-0 win over No .6 seed and No. 9-ranked Travis Piotrowski of Illinois. He recorded a first-period takedown, a second-period escape and held the top position for the entire third for the riding time point. No. 3 seed and No. 6-ranked Sean Russell of Minnesota defeated Fleetwood 4-0 in the third-place match.

ndsulogoFleetwood is now 11-1 overall and went 4-1 in the tournament. He defeated 3 of 5 nationally-ranked wrestlers during the weekend and faced five Big Ten opponents. His third/fourth place is the highest since former All-American Hayden Zillmer finished third in 2014.

NDSU 133-pounder Cam Sykora split a pair of 6-5 decisions, winning against Campbell’s Noah Gonser and losing to No. 5 seed and No. 21-ranked Montorie Bridges of Wyoming. He went 4-2 at the tournament and stands 11-2 overall.

Cordell Eaton was eliminated with 3-1 loss to No. 22-ranked Tanner Orndorff in the consolation bracket. Eaton is now 11-2 overall and finished 3-2 in the tournament.

2018 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Results

125 #21 Brent Fleetwood (10-0 overall, 3-0 CKLV)
at Cliff Keen Invitational (11-30-18)
W major dec Brakan Mead (Ohio State), MD 8-0
W dec #5 Louie Hayes (Virginia), 4-2
W dec #8 Zeke Moisey (Nebraska), 10-3

at Cliff Keen Invitational (12-1-18)
L dec #2 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern), 9-3
W dec #9 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois), 4-0
L dec #6 Sean Russell (Minnesota), 4-0

133 #14 Cam Sykora (11-2 overall, 4-2 CKLV)
at Cliff Keen Invitational (11-30-18)
W dec Brock Bergelin (Central Michigan), 9-3
L dec #17 Micky Phillipi (Pitt), 6-2
W tech fall Mitch Brown (Utah Valley), TF 24-9 7:00
W tech fall Ty Smith (Drexel), TF 18-3 6:09

at Cliff Keen Invitational (12-1-18)
W dec Noah Gonser (Campbell), 6-5
L dec #21 Montorie Bridges (Wyoming), 6-5
medical forfeit Charles Tucker (Cornell), MFF

197 Cordell Eaton (10-1 overall, 3-1 CKLV)
at Cliff Keen Invitational (11-30-18)
L major dec #3 Kollin Moore (Ohio State), MD 12-3
W major dec Matthew Correnti (Rutgers), MD 13-5
W dec #25 Zack Chakonis (Northwestern), 5-2
W dec Andre Lee (Illinois), 3-1

at Cliff Keen Invitational (12-1-18)
L dec #22 Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley), 3-1

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