LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Bucknell veterans Tyler Smith (141), Victor Lopez (157) and Tom Sleigh (197) posted a combined 8-3 record on Friday during the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and are still alive in the consolation brackets heading into the second day of the competitive event. Six different Bison wrestlers posted at least one victory on Friday and Bucknell is tied for 27th place in the 34-team field with 13 points.

Sleigh, a junior who is seeded sixth in his weight class, advanced the farthest in the championship bracket of any Bison, reaching the quarterfinals by winning his first two bouts by a combined 23-6 score. He then lost to West Virginia’s third-seeded Jacob Smith in the quarterfinals and will open Saturday’s competition facing second-seeded Anthony McLaughlin from Air Force.

Smith is the fifth seed at 141 pounds and he battled back with three straight victories in the consolation bracket after being upset by Cal Poly’s Colt Schilling, 13-10, in his first bout. Smith then earned a medical forfeit, defeated sixth-seeded Jared Prince of Navy by decision and ended his day with an 8-6 win over Clarion’s Brock Zacherl. Smith will open Saturday’s competition against Northern Colorado’s Timmy Box.

Lopez, the No. 3 seed, also lost his first match of the day as Purdue’s unseeded Alex Griffin pinned him in his opening bout. Lopez then posted three consecutive decisions in the consolation bracket, allowing his opponents a total of just four points. Included in his list of victories was a 6-1 win over ninth-seeded Jake Ryan of Ohio State. Lopez’s first match on Saturday will be against second-seeded Russell Parsons of Army West Point.

Sleigh, Smith and Lopez each need just one victory on Saturday to guarantee a top-eight finish in their weight class.

Freshmen Jordan Gessner (125) and Garrett Hoffman (184) were also impressive on Friday as each won twice. Gessner’s two victories came in the consolation bracket, while Hoffman won his first bout and then added another victory in the wrestlebacks.

Overall, Bucknell wrestlers posted 13 individual victories on Friday.

The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational will wrap up on Saturday.

Bucknell Wrestler Results
125: Jordan Gessner
Round of 32: L, dec. Trey Chalifoux (Army West Point), 7-3.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: W, dec. Matt Rodriguez (Harvard), 6-0.
Consolation Round of 16 #2: W, dec. Devin Brown (West Virginia), 10-9.
Consolation Round of 8 #1: L, tech fall Sean Nickell (Cal State Bakersfield), 16-1 (4:16).
Gessner Eliminated

133: Zach Firestone
Round of 32: L, dec. Cory Stainbrook (West Virginia), 6-2.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: L, dec. Austin Harry (Army West Point), 6-5.
Firestone Eliminated

141: Tyler Smith (#5 seed)
Round of 32: L, dec. Colt Schilling (Cal Poly), 13-10.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: W, med. forfeit Gannon Volk (Minnesota).
Consolation Round of 16 #2: W, dec. #6 Jared Prince (Navy), 9-3.
Consolation Round of 8 #1: W, dec. Brock Zacherl (Clarion), 8-6.
Next Match: Consolation Round of 8 #2 – vs. Timmy Box (Northern Colorado)

149: Zach Kelly
Round of 32: L, fall #2 Micah Jordan (Ohio State), 5:42.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: W, dec. Thomas Stevenson (North Idaho), 11-6.
Consolation Round of 16 #2: L, dec. Danny Reed (Columbia), 8-5.
Kelly Eliminated

157: Victor Lopez (#3 seed)
Round of 32: L, fall Alex Griffin (Purdue), 6:55.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: W, maj. dec. Tyler Ponte (Columbia), 9-1.
Consolation Round of 16 #2: W, dec. #9 Jake Ryan (Ohio State), 6-1.
Consolation Round 8 #1: W, dec. Chase Delande (Edinboro), 7-2.
Next Match: Consolation Round of 8 #2 – vs. #2 Russell Parsons (Army West Point)

165: Logan Kerin
Round of 32: L, dec. Tyrel White (Columbia), 3-2.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: L, dec. David Bergida (Virginia Tech), 6-3.
Kerin Eliminated

174: Kyle Inlander
Round of 32: L, maj. dec. #3 Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State), 12-3.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: L, dec. Isaac Deaton (Nebraska-Kearney), 7-2.
Inlander Eliminated

184: Garrett Hoffman
Round of 32: W, dec. Kayne MacCallum (Eastern Michigan), 7-4.
Round of 16: L, dec. Mark Penyacsek (Cal State Bakersfield), 6-2.
Consolation Round of 16 #2: W, dec. Tanner Lynde (Purdue), 5-2.
Consolation Round of 8 #1: L, dec. Nick Fiegener (Cal State Bakersfield), 12-5.
Hoffman Eliminated

197: Tom Sleigh (#6 seed)
Round of 32: W, maj. dec. Corey Griego (Oregon State), 14-3.
Round of 16: W, dec. Dustin Conti (Clarion), 9-3.
Quarterfinal: L, dec. #3 Jacob Smith (West Virginia), 6-1.
Next Match: Consolation Round of 8 #2 – vs. Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force)

285: Tyler Greene
Round of 32: L, dec. Bretton Dempsey (American), 7-3.
Consolation Round of 16 #1: L, dec. Brandon Tribble (Wyoming), 7-4.
Greene Eliminated