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    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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