LAS VEGAS - UTC wrestlers Matt Keller and Michael Keefe each placed at the Cliff Keene Las Vegas Invitational Sunday to lead the Mocs wrestling team to a 12th-place finish in the 52-team event.
Keller, wrestling at 133 pounds, went 6-2 in the tournament and scored a technical fall and a pin. He defaulted in the third-place match to Cal Poly’s Darrell Vasquez.
Keefe, undefeated at 141 pounds coming into the event, was 5-2 for the weekend.
Michigan won the team title with 145 points. The Mocs finished 12th with 59 points, ahead of Southern Conference teams UNC Greensboro (15th) and The Citadel (23rd).
125 - Adam Rains (UTC) tech fall Louie Rubin (Buffalo), 17-1; Tanner Gardner (Stanford) dec. Rains, 6-4; Rains maj. dec. Curtis Schurkamp (Cal State-Fullerton), 18-3; Eric Stevenson (Oregon State) pinned Rains, 4:42
133 – Matt Keller (UTC) tech fall Cody Nicholson (North Idaho), 21-3; Keller dec. Tyler McCormick (Missouri), 7-4; Shawn Bunch (Edinboro) dec. Matt Keller (UTC), 9-7; Keller pinned Mike Long (Augustana), 1:02; Keller dec. Erkin Tadzhimetov (Utah Valley State), 10-7; Keller won by default over Mark Moos (Michigan); Keller dec. Scott Jorgensen (Boise State), 9-6; Darrell Vasquez (Cal Poly) won by default over Keller (Keller fourth place)
141 – Michael Keefe dec. Garrett Spooner (Fresno State), 13-7; Keefe (UTC) dec. Tyler Parker (Stanford), 8-4; Keefe maj. dec. Antwone Floyd (Duke), 16-6; Keefe dec. Jason Cook (Purdue), 5-3; Keefe dec. Ronald Tarquinio (Pittsburgh), 4-3; Sean Markey (Citadel) dec. Keefe, 4-3; Kevin Artis (UNCG) dec. Keefe, 10-9 (Keefe sixth place)
149 – Wayne French (UTC) maj. dec. Tim Smith (Brown), 9-1; David Jauregi (West Virginia) dec. French, 3-2; French maj. dec. Dan Intlekofer (Adams State), 14-2; French dec. Orlando Perez (Oregon State), 9-5; French dec. Jeff Jaggers (Ohio State), 3-1; French won by forfeit over Joe Caramanica (N.C. State); Tyler Sherfey (Boise State) maj. dec. French 12-3
157 – Jake Yost maj. dec. Mike Sewell (Virginia), 10-2; Yost dec. Daniel Atondo (Cal State-Bakersfield), 11-4; Steve Luke (Michigan) maj. dec. Yost, 11-3; Hayden Harrison (Embry-Riddle) pinned Yost, 5:15
165 – Anthony Weber (Oregon State) dec. Daniel Peterson (UTC), 12-7; Peterson maj. dec. Michael Waite (N.C. State), 16-4; Peterson maj. dec. Kent Smith (Ohio), 15-5; Peterson maj. dec. Josh Erikson (North Idaho), 14-5; Deonte Penn (Edinboro) tech fall Peterson, 16-0
174 – Gabe Harry dec. T.J. Sayers (UTC), 10-3; Sayers dec. Ryan Budd (Cal State-Fullerton) 5-3; Sayers dec. Mike Casperson (Boise State), 4-3; Nick Roy (Michigan) maj. dec. Sayes, 13-3
184 – Joffre Lander (Embry-Riddle) dec. Lloyd Rogers (UTC), 5-4; Rogers dec. Tanner Linsacum (Nebraska-Kearney), 7-3; Tyler Bernacchi (Ca State-Davis) dec. Rogers, 4-2
197 – Corey Morrison (Ohio State) dec. Wes Taylor (UTC) 6-2; Taylor pinned Trevor Clegg (Western Wyoming), :17; Joel Caruso (George Mason) dec. Taylor, 8-2
285 –Art Basulto (Cal Poly) dec. Zach Tramel (UTC), 6-2; Tramel pinned Ryan Brown (Lassen), 2:49; Tramel pinned Wade van Sickle (Duke) :54; Sean Connole (Missouri) dec. Tramel, 2-1