Illini Claim Title at Las Vegas Invite

Illini Claim Title at Las Vegas Invite
- 12/5/98

The Illinois wrestling team placed nine grapplers in the top eight to take first place at the Las Vegas Invite Saturday night at the Star of the Desert Arena.

Dave Stoltz, at 133 pounds, and 197-pounder Pat Quirk lost championship matches to place second. Stoltz lost to 14th-ranked Eric Larkin of Arizona State, while 14th-ranked Quirk fell to 8th-ranked Shane Zajac.

Third-ranked Adam Tirapelle beat 17th-ranked Joel Friedman of Harvard to take third place at 149 pounds. Ben King, in the 174-pound match, defeated 8th-ranked Otto Olson of Michigan for third place. Heavyweight Kar Roesler and 184-pounder Nate Patrick also placed third.

Carl Perry (141) placed fourth, Griff Powell (157) placed sixth and Bill Zeman (165) took eighth.