2023 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Cody Chittum Pulls Of Early CKLV Comeback vs Danny Nini

Cody Chittum Pulls Of Early CKLV Comeback vs Danny Nini

After giving up an early lead to North Carolina freshman Danny Nini, Iowa State freshman Cody Chittum pulled off a comeback to advance to the round of 16.

Dec 1, 2023 by David Bray
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After giving up an early lead to North Carolina freshman Danny Nini, Iowa State freshman Cody Chittum pulled off a comeback to advance to the round of 16. Chittum's victory sets up a match in the next round with Stanford sophomore Daniel Cardenas, the #9 ranked wrestler in the country.

Chittum and Cardenas are the 11 and 6 seed respectively in a bracket at 157 lbs that's widely considered to be the deepest in the entire Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.


 

The closest thing college wrestling fans will get to an NCAA Wrestling Tournament preview will come about four months earlier as teams flock to Las Vegas for the premier tournament of the regular season. 

The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational will feature 15 of FloWrestling’s preseason top-25 teams, including No. 3 Virginia Tech, as well as 10 of the top-20 Pound-For-Pound Wrestlers in the country. Former and current NCAA champions such as David Carr and Vito Arujau as well as multiple 2023 NCAA All-Americans will compete at the event. 

Nebraska returns as the defending Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Champion as they beat out N.C. State by 10 points in 2022. 

This year the Cornhuskers are ranked No.6 in the preseason poll, the third-highest ranked team in the field behind only Virginia Tech and Cornell. The Hokies are hoping to improve on last year’s showing, which then finished 11th. 

Here’s what to know about the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. 

When Is The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational?

The event begins on Dec. 1 and ends on Dec. 2.

Where Is The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational?

The meet will be at the Westgate Paradise Event Center in Las Vegas. 

How To Watch The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational?

The entire Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational will stream on FloWrestling and the FloSports app. Every match will be available and on both platforms will be home to highlights, archives and breaking news from Las Vegas.

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Schedule 

Here’s the schedule for the tournament: 

Friday, December 1st, 2023

  • 6:45 am PST: Skin Check
  • 7:00 am PST: Weigh-ins, Westgate Paradise Event Center
  • 9:00 am PST: Round 1 Pig Tail Championship, Round 2 of (32) Championship, Round 3 Consolation of (32), Round 4 Championship of (16), Consolation 1st of (16) Round 5 Consolation 2nd of (16)
  • 6:00 pm PST: Round 6 Championship Quarter Finals, Consolation Round 1st of (8), & Round 7 Consolation 2nd of (8)

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

  • 7:45 am PST: Skin Check
  • 8:00 am PST: Weigh-ins, Westgate Paradise Event Center
  • 10:00 am PST: Round 8 Championship Semi-Finals, Round 9 Consolation Semi Finals, Consolation Finals 5th & 6th, 7th & 8th Places
  • 3:00 pm PST: CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th Places

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Seeds

Brackets will be available the week of the event or earlier in November. 

CKLV PRE-SEEDS

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Teams

Here are the teams competing at the Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational: 

  • No. 20 Air Force
  • Appalachian State
  • No. 7T Arizona State University
  • Binghamton University
  • California Baptist University
  • Cal Poly
  • CSU Bakersfield
  • Campbell University
  • Citadel
  • Columbia
  • No. 5 Cornell
  • Harvard
  • Hofstra University
  • No. 11 Iowa State
  • Long Island University
  • Maryland
  • No. 9 University of Michigan
  • Morgan State
  • No. 6 University of Nebraska
  • No. 7T North Carolina State University
  • Navy
  • Northwestern University
  • No. 15 Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • No. 10 Oklahoma State University
  • No. 21 T Oregon State
  • No. 19 Purdue
  • Rider University
  • Sacred Heart
  • No. 13 South Dakota State University
  • Stanford University
  • No. 17 University of North Carolina
  • No. 14 University of Northern Iowa
  • Utah Valley University
  • No. 3 Virginia Tech
  • Wyoming

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational 2022 Results 

Here's the teams scores from the 2022 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational: 

  1. Nebraska 137.5 
  2. NC State 127.5 
  3. South Dakota State 123 
  4. Michigan 96.5 
  5. Northern Iowa 96 
  6. Arizona State 89 
  7. Cornell 83.5 
  8. Ohio State 82.5 
  9. Oregon State 82.5 
  10. Northwestern 81.5 
  11. Virginia Tech 76 
  12. Purdue 45.5 
  13. Columbia 44.5 
  14. Navy 41.5 
  15. Utah Valley 36.5 
  16. Air Force 34 
  17. Appalachian State 33.5 
  18. Harvard 22.5 1
  19. Bucknell 20.5
  20. Ohio 20 
  21. Kent State 14
  22. Hofstra 13.5
  23. Wyoming 12
  24. Cal Poly 11.5
  25. Clarion 9.5
  26. Cal State Bakersfield 9 
  27. Edinboro 8
  28. Nebraska-Kearney 8
  29. Sacred Heart 7.5
  30. California Baptist University 7
  31. The Citadel 6.5
  32. Western Wyoming 5
  33. Long Island University 2.5

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational 2022 Champions

Here are the weight class tournament champions: 

  • 125: Richard Figueroa, Arizona State 
  • 133: Vitali Arujau, Cornell
  • 141:  Brock Hardy, Nebraska
  • 149: Sammy Sasso, Ohio State
  • 157: Peyton Robb, Nebraska 
  • 165: Julian Ramirez, Cornell 
  • 174: Mikey Labriola, Nebraska 
  • 184: Trent Hidlay, N.C. State
  • 197: 2 Isaac Trumble, N.C. State
  • 285: Mason Parris, Michigan

FloWrestling College Wrestling Rankings

Here’s the FloWrestling top 25 preseason rankings: 

1    Penn State    141

2    Iowa    73.5

3    Virginia Tech    64.5

4    Missouri    62

5    Cornell    61.5

6    Nebraska    59.5

T7    Arizona State    50.5

T7    NC State    50.5

9    Michigan    49

10    OK State    38

11    Iowa State    35.5

12    N. Colorado    31

13    SD State    27

14    UNI    26

15    Ohio State    25.5

16    Wisconsin    24.5

17    North Carolina    23

18    Oklahoma    21.5

19    Purdue    20

20    Air Force    18

T21    Lock Haven    17.5

T21    Oregon State    17.5

T23    Lehigh    13.5

T23    Rutgers    13.5

25    Indiana    13

When is the 2024 NCAA Wrestling Tournament?

The NCAA Wrestling Championships are March 21- 23 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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