LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Thanks to solid performances on Friday, Bucknell veterans Tyler Smith, Victor Lopez and Tom Sleigh advanced to Saturday’s second day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Lopez and Sleigh posted multiple victories on Saturday and were placewinners in their weight classes in helping the Bucknell wrestling team to a 20th-place finish in the competitive 35-team field with 28 points.

Smith, Lopez and Sleigh each needed just one win on Saturday to become placewinners in their weight classes. Lopez ended up finishing fourth at 157 pounds, while Sleigh was seventh at 197 pounds. Smith ended up one win shy of placewinner status.

Lopez won his first three bouts on Saturday, extending his winning streak to six straight matches, all by decision. The No. 3 seed, Lopez included wins over second-seeded Russell Parsons from Army West Point and eighth-seeded Josh Shields from Arizona State in his performance. He then squared off with Wyoming’s Archie Colgan in the third-place match and lost 2-1 in sudden victory overtime. Both Lopez and Colgan had come a long way through the wrestlebacks and both had won six straight bouts to get to the third-place match.

Overall, Lopez was 6-2 at the two-day event with three wins against seeded opponents.

Sleigh was the Bison wrestler to advance the furthest in the championship bracket on Friday, reaching the quarterfinals. On Saturday, he won his first bout against Air Force’s Anthony McLaughlin, but lost to Oregon State’s Corey Griego to fall to the seventh-place match. The sixth-seeded Sleigh then shut out Utah Valley’s Tanner Orndorff, 2-0, to earn his seventh-place finish.

Sleigh finished the weekend with a 4-2 record.

Smith, a placewinner at last year’s Cliff Keen Invitational who was the No. 5 seed in the 141-pound bracket, wrestled just once on Saturday and lost a close one, 7-6, to second-seeded Timmy Box.

A total of ten Bison wrestlers competed at the Cliff Keen Invitational the last two days.

Bucknell will now be idle until Dec. 17 when it wrestles at the Cleveland State Open.

Bucknell Wrestler Results
125: Jordan Gessner
FRIDAY:
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
FRIDAY:
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)
FRIDAY:
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.
SATURDAY:
Consolation Round of 8 #2: L, dec. #2 Timmy Box (Northern Colorado), 7-6.
Smith Eliminated

149: Zach Kelly
FRIDAY:
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)
FRIDAY:
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.
SATURDAY:
Consolation Round of 8 #2: W, dec. #2 Russell Parsons (Army West Point), 7-2.
Consolation Round of 4: W, dec. Alex Mossing (Air Force,), 5-2.
Consolation Semifinal: W, dec. #8 Josh Shields (Arizona State), 9-5.
3rd-Place Match: L, dec. Archie Colgan (Wyoming), 2-1 (sv)
Lopez Finishes in 4th Place

165: Logan Kerin
FRIDAY:
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
FRIDAY:
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
FRIDAY:
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)
FRIDAY:
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.
SATURDAY:
Consolation Round of 8 #2: W, dec. Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force), 2-0.
Consolation Round of 4: L, dec. Corey Griego (Oregon State), 8-4.
7th-Place Match: W, dec. Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley), 2-0.
Sleigh Finishes in 7th Place

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