LaFragola Concludes Wrestling’s Stay at Cliff Keen Invitational

LaFragola Concludes Wrestling’s Stay at Cliff Keen Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After advancing to the second day of competition, junior 184-pounder CJ LaFragola dropped a decision in the consolation bracket to conclude Brown University wrestling's stay at the 36th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

On the second and final day of competition, LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) – ranked No. 16 and seeded No. 10 – dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 8 seed Steven Schneider of Binghamton in the consolation bracket.

After a scoreless first period, Schneider notched an escape and takedown to take a 3-0 lead after the second stanza. LaFragola countered with an escape in the third period to pull within 3-1 before Schneider added a riding time point for the final margin.

In a tournament that featured nine of the top 20 teams in the nation, Brown finished tied for 38th out of 46 teams in the team standings. The Bears finished ahead of fellow EIWA members Harvard (40th) and Bucknell (42nd).

Next, Brown competes at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., from Friday, Dec. 29 to Saturday, Dec. 30.

Friday Recap

Junior 184-pounder CJ LaFragola posted a 3-1 record to advance to the second day of competition and lead Brown wrestling at the 36th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

On day one of a tournament that featured nine of the top-20 teams in the nation, No. 16 ranked and No. 10 seeded LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) won three of his four bouts on the day to remain in contention for placing.

He opened the event with a 10-3 win over Connor Kirkland of Western Washington. After falling to No. 7 seeded Ricky Robertson in sudden victory, he responded with victories over Noah Stewart of Army West Point, 3-2, and Dylan Anderson of Minnesota, 9-6.

Three Bears – sophomore 125-pounder Trey Keeley (Washington, Ill.) junior 165-pounder Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.), and junior 285-pounder Ian Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) – earned two wins apiece on the day. Viruet notched the team's lone pin of the day.

Keeley tallied victories over Drexel's Zack Fuentes (7-6) and Ohio State's Braken Mead (10-4), Viruet topped Fresno State's Isaiah Hokit (4-0) and Northern Colorado's Keilan Torres (Fall 6:56), and Butterbrodt edged CSU Bakersfield's Mark Penyacsek (8-2) and Binghamton's Connor Calkins (5-3).

No. 15 ranked and No. 7 seeded senior 157-pounder Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) earned one win over Cornell's Adam Santoro (9-4) while freshman 174-pounder Bryce Rogers (Orlando, Fla.) registered one victory over CSU Bakersfield's Brian Battisto (7-5).

In the team standings, Brown ranks in a tie for 38th out of 46 teams. The Bears stand ahead of fellow EIWA foes Harvard (40th) and Bucknell (42nd).

Brown Results 

125 Pounds
Trey Keeley (2-2)
Sergio Mendez (CSU Bakersfield) def. Keeley in Round of 32, Dec. 9-5
Keeley def. Zack Fuentes (Drexel) in Consolation, Dec. 7-6
Keeley def. Braken Mead (Ohio State) in Consolation, Dec. 10-4
Paul Bianchi (North Dakota State) def. Keeley in Consolation, Fall 6:03 

133 Pounds
Zeke Salvo (0-2)
(8) Cam Sykora (North Dakota State) def. Salvo in Round of 64, TF 16-1
Josh Finesilver (Duke) def. Salvo in Consolation, Dec. 13-9 

141 Pounds
Jimmy Pawelski (0-2)
Sal Profaci (Michigan) def. Pawelski in Round of 64, Dec. 9-2
Austin Harry (Army West Point) def. Pawelski in Consolation, Dec. 10-4 

149 Pounds
Matt Lattanze (0-2)
(2) Colton McCrystal (Nebraska) def. Lattanze in Round of 32, TF 22-7
Jimmy Fate (Northern Colorado) def. Lattanze in Consolation, Dec. 4-3 

157 Pounds
No. 15 Ranked, No. 7 Seed Justin Staudenmayer (1-2)
Andrew Shomers (Edinboro) def. Staudenmayer in Round of 64, Dec. 4-0
Staudenmayer def. Adam Santoro (Cornell) in Consolation, Dec. 9-4
Chase Straw (Iowa State) def. Staudenmayer in Consolation, Dec. 9-8 

165 Pounds
Jon Viruet (2-2)
Viruet def. Isaiah Hokit (Fresno State) in Round of 64, Dec. 4-0
Viruet def. Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado) in Round of 32, Fall 6:56
Evan Wick (Wisconsin) def. Viruet in Round of 16, Dec. 8-4
Vincent Deprez (Binghamton) def. Viruet in Consolation, Medical Forfeit 

174 Pounds
Bryce Rogers (1-2)
(8) Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) def. Rogers in Round of 64, TF 18-2
Rogers def. Brian Battisto (CSU Bakersfield) in Consolation, Dec. 7-5
Tyrel White (Columbia) def. Rogers in Consolation, Dec. 10-8 SV 

184 Pounds
No. 16 Ranked, No. 10 Seed CJ LaFragola (3-2)
LaFragola def. Connor Kirkland (Western Wyoming) in Round of 32, Dec. 10-3
(7) Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin) def. LaFragola in Round of 16, Dec. 3-1 SV
LaFragola def. Noah Stewart (Army West Point) in Consolation, Dec. 3-2
LaFragola def. Dylan Anderson (Minnesota) in Consolation, Dec. 9-6
(8) Steven Schneider (Binghamton) def. LaFragola in Consolation, Dec. 4-1 

197 Pounds
Tucker Ziegler (0-2)
(2) Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) def. Ziegler in Round of 32, MD 14-5
Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) def. Ziegler in Consolation, Dec. 9-2 

285 Pounds
Ian Butterbrodt (2-2)
Butterbrodt def. Mark Penyacsek (CSU Bakersfield) in Round of 64, Dec. 8-2
Butterbrodt def. Connor Calkins (Binghamton) in Round of 32, Dec. 5-3
(3) Jacob Kasper (Duke) def. Butterbrodt in Round of 16, Dec. 7-3
(9) Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley) def. Butterbrodt in Consolation, Dec. 9-5