McKee, Lee into CKLV Semifinals; Gophers tied for sixth

LAS VEGAS – The Minnesota wrestling program opened the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with a strong performance that sees them tied for sixth place with 45.5 team points after the first day of competition.

A pair of Gophers, Mitchell Mckee and Brayton Lee, are set for Saturday morning’s semifinals while five others are alive on the consolation side.

St. Michael native McKee had the best day for the Gophers with three bonus point victories. McKee started the day with a 16-0 technical fall finishing his day with a pin and 8-0 major decision. McKee will face Oklahoma’s Dom Demas, ranked two spots ahead of him, in tomorrow’s semifinal bout.

In his first major folkstyle tournament, Brayton Lee grinded out three consecutive victories to earn his spot in the semifinals against top-seed Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa. Lee won decisions in each round, including a nominal upset of No.8 Brock Zacherl of Clarion in the semifinals.

The Gophers went two-for-five in the quarterfinals with all losses coming to wrestlers ranked top-five nationally.

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Full Results (Numbers listed are FloWrestling rankings)

125-pound Patrick McKee
Round of 32: Pat McKee Fall (3:15) Tomas Guitierrez (Kent State)
Round of 16: Pat McKee forfeit Cole Verner (Wyoming)
Quarterfinals: No.2 Jack Mueller (Virginia) major dec. (16-4) over Pat McKee

133-pound Brent Jones
Round of 32: Jarrett Trombley (NC State) dec. (5-0) over Brent Jones
Cons. Round of 16 #2: Brent Jones major dec. (15-6) over Garrett Lambert (Hofstra)
Cons. Round of 8 #1: No.13 Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma) dec. (6-0) over Brent Jones

141-pound Mitch McKee
Round of 32: No.4 Mitch McKee tech. fall (16-0) Navonte Demison (Arizona State)
Round of 16: No.4 Mitch McKee fall (3:58) Cory Simpson (Kent State)
Quarterfinals: No.4 Mitch McKee major dec. (8-0) No.13 Ian Parker (Iowa State)

149-pound Brayton Lee
Round of 32: No.12 Brayton Lee dec. (5-1) over Josh Cortez (Cal Poly)
Round of 16: No.12 Brayton Lee dec. (9-4) over Josh Maruca (Arizona State)
Quarterfinals: No.12 Brayton Lee dec. (8-3) over No.8 Brock Zacherl (Clarion)

157-pound Carson Brolsma
Round of 32: No.7 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) dec. (8-4) over Carson Brolsma
Cons. Round of 16 #1: Carson Brolsma major dec. (11-1) over TJ Calas (Sacred Heart)
Cons. Round of 16 #2: Carson Brolsma dec. (10-4) over Avery Shay (Clarion)
Cons. Round of 8 #1: Carson Brolsma dec. (5-1) over Jaden Mattox (Ohio State)

165-pound Bailee O’Reilly
Round of 32: Bailee O’Reilly dec. (3-2) over Matthew Malcolm (Nebraska-Kearney)
Round of 16: Bailee O’Reilly dec. (7-3) over Jacob Thalin (Cal State Bakersfield)
Quarterfinals: No.4 Isaiah White (Nebraska) dec. (9-5) over Bailee O’Reilly

174-pound Devin Skatzka
Round of 32: No.9 Devin Skatzka dec. (5-2) over Tyler Morland (Northwestern)
Round of 16: Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) dec. (9-6) over No.9 Devin Skatzka
Cons. Round of 16 #2: Devin Skatzka dec. (8-2) over No.21 Daniel Bullard (NC State)
Cons. Round of 8 #1: Devin Skatzka tech. fall (18-0) over Sage Heller (Hofstra)

184-pound Owen Webster
Round of 32: Owen Webster tech. fall (17-0) Michael Doggett (Harvard)
Round of 16: Owen Webster fall (1:00) No.4 Ben Darmstadt (Cornell)
Quarterfinals: No.2 Trent Hidlay (NC State) dec. (7-4) over Owen Webster

197-pound Garrett Joles
Round of 32: No.19 Christian Brunner (Purdue) major dec. (14-6) over Garrett Joles
Cons. Round of 16 #1: Garrett Joles major dec. (12-3) Martin Duane (Citadel)
Cons. Round of 16 #2: Greg Bulsak (Clarion) fall (1:45) Garrett Joles

285-pound Bobby Steveson
Round of 32: Zachary Knighton-Ward (Hofstra) major dec. (13-4) over Bobby Steveson
Cons. Round of 16 #1: Thomas Penola (Purdue) dec. (10-5) Bobby Steveson

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