Carlson wins 141-pound title in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — South Dakota State’s Clay Carlson lived up to his top billing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, winning the 141-pound title in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon.

Carlson, a junior from Willmar, Minnesota, trailed 6-3 to second-seeded Andrew Alirez of Northern Colorado entering the final period of their championship bout. Carlson worked an escape early in the period to pull to within 6-4 before posting two takedowns in the final minute, the second of which he turned into a pin of Alirez on the edge of the mat with five seconds remaining.

Carlson, undefeated on the season at 10-0, moved into the title bout with a 6-1 decision over fifth-seeded Parker Filius of Purdue earlier in the day.

Two other Jackrabbits advanced to placing matches Saturday. At 174 pounds, Cade DeVos finished fourth after going 1-2 on the day. DeVos dropped a 6-2 decision to top-seeded Mikey Labriola of Nebraska in his first bout of the day, then scored a 5-1 decision over No. 6 Troy Fisher of Northwestern.

In the third-place match, DeVos fell 8-2 to third-seeded Christopher Foca of Cornell.

At heavyweight, A.J. Nevills completed a 4-3 record on the weekend with a sixth-place finish. In Saturday action, Nevills posted wins over Jayden Woodruff of Utah Valley (fall) and Michael McAleavey of The Citadel (decision) before being edged by top-seeded Tate Orndorff of Ohio State in the consolation semifinals.

Nevills lost by fall to Northwestern’s Lucas Davison in the fifth-place match.

Doane Conner/Oppenheim Open
In other action Saturday, three Jackrabbit wrestlers won title and two others reached the finals at the Doane Conner/Oppenheim Open in Crete, Nebraska.

Alek Martin won his second open title in a row, going 5-0 on the day at 149 pounds. Martin won three matches by decision and two by technical fall, outscoring his opponents by a combined 68-16.

Also winning titles were Cael Swensen at 157 pounds and Cody Donnelly at 197 pounds, with both wrestlers posting 4-0 marks.

Runner-up finishes were recorded by 133-pounder Derrick Cardinal and Roman Rogotzke at 184 pounds.

Cliff Keen Invitational Results

The Jackrabbits are off from competition until traveling to Nebraska for a dual on Dec. 18. Start time is set for 2 p.m. at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Following is a complete list of Jackrabbit results from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational:

125: #8 Tanner Jordan, So., St. Paris, Ohio (1-2 record)
• dec. Jake Svihal, Wyoming, 5-2
• lost to #9 Jace Koelzer, Northern Colorado, by dec., 4-0
• lost to Antonio Lorenzo, Cal Poly, by fall 4:43
Jordan eliminated

133: Caleb Gross, So., Pound, Wis. (1-2 record)
• lost to #1 Chris Cannon, Northwestern, by major dec., 13-2
• dec. Dylan Koontz, Ohio State, 5-3
• lost to #10 Anthony Sobotker, Binghamton, by fall 2:33
Gross eliminated

141: #1 Clay Carlson, Jr., Willmar, Minn. (4-0 record)
• def. Louis Newell, Kent State, by fall 4:54
• dec. #8 Jake Bergeland, Minnesota, 6-3
• dec. #5 Parker Filius, Purdue, 6-1
• def. #2 Andrew Alirez, Northern Colorado, by fall 6:55

149: Daniel Kimball, So., Buckingham, Iowa (0-2 record)
• lost to #6 Legend Lamer, by dec. 9-4
• lost to Kody Komara, Kent State, by dec. 7-6
Kimball eliminated

157: Kenny O’Neil, Jr., Prior Lake, Minn. (1-2 record)
• lost to #4 Kendall Coleman, by dec., 8-2
• dec. Brock Rogers, Cal State Bakersfield, 4-1
• lost to Charles Darracott, Stanford, by dec., 8-1
O’Neil eliminated

165: #7 Tanner Cook, So., Ilion, N.Y. (1-2 record)
• major dec. Cody Eaton, Northern Colorado, 18-7
• lost to #10 Joshua Ogunsanya, Columbia, by tech. fall 20-3 (3:00)
• lost to #9 Joseph Grello, Oklahoma, by fall 2:29
Cook eliminated

174: #5 Cade DeVos, So., Altoona, Iowa (4-2 record)
• dec. Shane Finney, Navy, 4-3
• dec. #12 Tyler Eischens, Stanford, 7-3
• dec. #4 Hayden Hastings, Wyoming, 7-4
• lost to #1 Mikey Labriola, Nebraska, by dec., 6-2
• dec. #6 Troy Fisher, Northwestern, 5-1
• lost to #3 Christopher Foca, Cornell, by dec., 8-2

184: Tate Battani, Jr., Huxley, Iowa (0-2 record)
• lost to Travis Stefanik, Princeton, by major dec., 13-4
• lost to Jacob Hansen, Cal State Bakersfield, by dec., 13-7
Battani eliminated

197: #7 Tanner Sloan, Jr., Alburnett, Iowa (1-1 record)
• dec. Tyler Bates, Kent State, 6-2
• lost to Gavin Hoffman, Ohio State, by dec., 4-3
Sloan withdrew from tournament

285: #6 A.J. Nevills, Jr. Clovis, Calif. (4-3 record)
• dec. Sam Aguilar, Cal Poly, 6-0
• def. Nick Copley, Sacred Heart, by fall 3:30
• lost to #3 Christian Lance, Nebraska, by dec., 6-3
• def. Jayden Woodruff, Utah Valley, by fall 6:14
• dec. Michael McAleavey, The Citadel, dec. 10-3
• lost to #1 Tate Orndorff, Ohio State, by dec., 6-5
• lost to #5 Lucas Davison, Northwestern, by fall 3:28

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