2023 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Best Matches From 2023 CKLV Las Vegas

Best Matches From 2023 CKLV Las Vegas

A regularly updated article with the best matches from the 2023 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Dec 1, 2023 by JD Rader
Best Matches From 2023 CKLV Las Vegas

The best regular season college tournament of the year is here! We've compiled all the best matches for you in one convenient place here in this article. Refresh it throughout Friday and Saturday to stay on top of all the craziest matches. 

Finals

285 lbs - #6 Yonger Bastida, Iowa State vs #3 Lucas Davison, Michigan

Yonger Bastida takes out the higher-ranked and more than game Lucas Davison in this battle between well moving heavyweights.

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149 lbs - #1 Ridge Lovett, Nebraska vs #4 Caleb Henson, Virginia Tech

Lovett got out to an early lead, but Henson didn't back down and made this one real interesting late.

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125 lbs - #6 Brett Ungar, Cornell vs #30 Nico Provo, Stanford

Who had Nico Provo winning this tournament?! He runs the gauntlet and will now likely be ranked #1 in the country after going in ranked #30. 

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Semifinals

174 lbs - #4 Carson Kharchla, Ohio State vs #8 Cade DeVos, South Dakota State

Maybe the most thrilling match of the semifinal round.

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165 lbs - #7 Julian Ramirez, Cornell vs #2 David Carr, Iowa State

The Cyclones lead the team race after day one, but Julian Ramirez didn't get the memo.

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157 lbs - #9 Daniel Cardenas, Stanford vs #4 Jacori Teemer, Arizona State

The veteran Jacori Teemer brings Daniel Cardena's incredible run to an end.

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141 lbs - #4 Brock Hardy, Nebraska vs #5 Jesse Mendez, Ohio State

Jesse Mendez continues to go an absolute tear this season and keep his bonus point percentage at 100%.

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Quarterfinals

285 lbs - #18 Nick Feldman, Ohio State vs #6 Yonger Bastida, Iowa State

Yonger Bastida hands Nick Feldman his first college loss in a battle between two well moving heavyweights.

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184 lbs - #12 Lenny Pinto, Nebraska vs #5 Dustin Plott, Oklahoma State

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157 lbs - #19 Meyer Shapiro, Cornell vs #9 Daniel Cardenas, Stanford

Daniel Cardenas hands Meyer Shapiro his first college loss.

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141 lbs - #8 Vince Cornella, Cornell vs #5 Jesse Mendez, Ohio State

Many were expecting this to be a tight match, but Jesse Mendez made an absolute statement against one of the best 141-pounders in the country.

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141 lbs - #30 Anthony Echemendia, Iowa State vs #3 Lachlan McNeil, North Carolina

Anthony Echemendia continues to impress, but it wasn't enough to get past Lachlan McNeil.

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Round of 16

184 lbs - #3 Christopher Foca, Cornell vs Sam Wolf, Air Force

Foca was able to narrowly get past Rowley in round 1, but couldn't hold off Sam Wolf in round two as Wolf won the takedown battle 1-0.

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184 lbs - #12 Lenny Pinto, Nebraska vs #18 Dylan Fishback, NC State

You can go ahead and fast forward to sudden victory in this one as it was 1-1 at the end of regulation, but a perfectly timed single leg gave Pinto a huge win in a battle of highly touted underclassmen.

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174 lbs - Lorenzo Norman, Stanford vs #3 Shane Griffith, Michigan

Who say this one coming?! True freshman Lorenzo Norman looked great in top, bottom, and neutral in this massive upset.

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157 lbs - #19 Meyer Shapiro, Cornell vs #5 Bryce Andonian, Virginia Tech

The arrival of Meyer Shapiro. He lived up to the hype with this dominating performance over Bryce Andonian.

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157 lbs - #9 Daniel Cardenas, Stanford vs Cody Chittum, Iowa State

It was almost two big-time comebacks in as many matches for Chittum, but the savvy Cardenas advanced by the narrowest of margins.

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149 lbs - #11 Jaden Abas, Stanford vs #9 Casey Swiderski, Iowa State

A seven-point move kept Abas in this one, but Swiderski looked phenomenal on his feel.

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Round of 32

157 lbs - Cody Chittum, Iowa State vs Danny Nini, North Carolina

Cody Chittum got tossed to his back early before storming back in this first round scare.

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184 lbs - #3 Chris Foca, Cornell vs James Rowley, Purdue

In what was almost a huge upset, James Rowley was tied 3-3 going into the 3rd against new 184-pounder and 3rd ranked Chris Foca. The top game of Foca proved too much for the young Boilermaker, however.

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