Wrestling
Illinois Wrestling Extends Lead At Las Vegas Invitational

 
Adam Tirapelle (149 pounds) was one of five wrestler to advance unscathed to the semi-finals round in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Adam Tirapelle (149 pounds) was one of five wrestler to advance unscathed to the semi-finals round in the Las Vegas Invitational.
 

LAS VEGAS - The fifth-ranked University of Illinois wrestling team used a strong team showing to extend a two-point advantage after the first and second rounds of competition at the 19th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational to a 13.50 lead over second place Nebraska heading into Saturday?s action. Saturday?s competiton starts at noon with the finals set to start at 7 p.m.

Illinois started strong in the tournament with seven wrestlers picking up wins in the pigtail round, then added a perfect first round to start the tournament with a 17-0 record. Round Two didn?t go quite as smoothly with the Illini dropping four of their first five matches, but wins in the last five weights helped Illinois advance six wrestlers into the quarterfinals, the most of any school in the tournament. The Orange and Blue then advanced five wrestlers into the semifinals to extend the lead to nearly 15 points.

Adam Tirapelle (149 pounds), Matt Lackey (165), Ben King (174), Nate Patrick (184) and Pat Quirk (197) all advanced unscathed and have dates in the semifinals. John Lockhart (Hwt) was the lone Illini to drop into the consolation round from the quarterfinals and will join Ryan Escobar (125), Mike Castillo (141) and Ryan Berger (157) who each lost second round matches. Kelly Madden (133) is the lone Illini eliminated from further competition. Complete individual results follow.

19th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational
December 1-2, 2000
First & Second Round Results
Primm, Nevada

Team Results (Top 10 of 52)
1.	Illinois        89.00
2.	Nebraska        75.50
3.	Arizona State   72.00
4.	Oregon State    69.00
5.	Oregon          60.50
6.	Boise State     60.00
7.	Edinboro        58.00
8.	Virginia Tech   50.00
9.	Fresno State    47.00
10.	Lehigh          47.00

Illinois Results

125
Pigtail
Ryan Escobar (ILL) def. Charlie Soto (Edinboro), 5-3
First Round
Ryan Escobar (ILL) def. Brandon Lauer (West Virginia), 7-2
Second Round
Jason Powell (Nebraska) def. Ryan Escobar (ILL), 12-2
Wrestlebacks
Ryan Escobar (ILL) vs. Terrance Clendenin (Lehigh), 3:17
Ryan Escobar (ILL) def. Sean Shea (George Mason), 15-4

133
Pigtail
Kelly Madden (ILL) def. Levi Martinez (NW Wyoming), 21-6
First Round
Kelly Madden (ILL) def. Urijah Faber (Cal Davis), 7-3
Second Round
Derrick Hayes (Fresno State) def. Kelly Madden (ILL), 10-5
Wrestlebacks
Charlie Griggs (Boise State) def. Kelly Madden (ILL), 2-1 (ot)

141
Pigtail
Mike Castillo (ILL) pinned Robert Lynn (Portland State), 0:59
First Round
Mike Castillo (ILL) def. Luke Santos (San Francisco), 12-1
Second Round
Paul Konechne (South Dakota State) def. Mike Castillo (ILL), 4-1
Wrestlebacks
Mike Castillo (ILL) pinned Jerod Timothy (Southern Colorado), 3:38
Mike Castillo (ILL) def. Dustin Spaulding (Nebraska), 7-1

149
Pigtail
Adam Tirapelle (ILL) pinned Waylon Miller (San Francisco), 2:56
First Round
Adam Tirapelle (ILL) pinned Aaron Reasoner (Pima CC), 4:54
Second Round
Adam Tirapelle (ILL) def. Gable Sullivan (Cent. Oklahoma), 9-3
Quarterfinals
Adam Tirapelle (ILL) vs. Mike Kulozycki (Michigan), 12-4

157
First Round
Ryan Berger (ILL) def. Jesse Sauage (Brown), 9-3
Second Round
Rocky Smart (Arizona State) def. Ryan Berger (ILL), 3-2
Wrestlebacks
Ryan Berger (ILL) tech. fall Ariel Dolid (Columbia), 4:42
Ryan Berger (ILL) def. Elizar Ceballos (Bakersfield), 20-6

165
First Round
Matt Lackey (ILL) def. Travis Liermann (N. Idaho), 12-2
Second Round
Matt Lackey (ILL) def. Luke Crockett (Boise State), 9-3
Quarterfinals
Matt Lackey (ILL) def. Carl Fronhofer (Pittsburgh), 2-1 (ot)

174
First Round
Ben King (ILL) def. Abe Porter (Pacific Lutheran), 15-5
Second Round
Ben King (ILL) def. Mauricio Wright (San Francisco), 7-3
Quarterfinals
Ben King (ILL) def. Corey Bell (North Carolina), 4-2

184
Pigtail
Nate Patrick (ILL) def. Chuck Sandlin (Cal Poly), 3-1
First Round
Nate Patrick (ILL) pinned Jason Gore (N.C. State), 4:49
Second Round
Nate Patrick (ILL) def. Harold Penson (Stanford), 13-2
Quarterfinals
Nate Patrick (ILL) def. Tyson Thivierge (Mont. St.-Northern), 6-4

197
Pigtail
Pat Quirk (ILL) def. Andy Swanson (Arizona State), 10-1
First Round
Pat Quirk (ILL) def. Alain Ajoumessi (N. Idaho), 1-0
Second Round
Pat Quirk (ILL) def. Jon Trenge (Lehigh), 4-3
Quarterfinals
Pat Quirk (ILL) def. Jack Dennis (Colby CC), 3-2

Heavyweight
Pigtail
John Lockhart (ILL) pinned Randell Brown (Lassen), 2:06
First Round
John Lockhart (ILL) def. Mike Maben (Cal Davis), 2-1 (ot)
Second Round
John Lockhart (ILL) def. Kellan Fluckiger (Arizona St.), 3-1
Quarterfinals
Ryan Kehler (West Virginia) def. John Lockhart (ILL), 3-2

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