Every Ranked Wrestler Going To The 2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas

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The week after Thanksgiving does not ease you back into the wrestling season. Rather, it chucks you full force into the meatgrinder that is the Cliff Keen Las Vegas.

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December 6-7 | 12:00 PM Eastern

Once again, 100 ranked wrestlers are expected to compete at CKLV, an early-December tournament that has taken hold as a favorite event for college coaches to prepare their athletes for March. There are 30 Division I teams with Vegas listed on their schedule.

Please note that these rankings may change after this weekend of action, as well as the possibility some athletes get hurt or are otherwise not entered by their teams. Also please note brackets will be in FloArena, though registration is not public yet.

125lbs: 7 Ranked

#2 Jack Mueller (Virginia), SR

#7 Alex Mackall (Iowa State), JR

#10 Devin Schroder (Purdue), JR

#14 Jakob Camacho (NC State), FR

#15 Jacob Schwarm (Northern Iowa), SR

#18 Jace Koelzer (Northern Colorado), FR

#19 Cole Verner (Wyoming), SR

Despite only wrestling one match so far, Jack Mueller will make his return to the mat in Vegas. The Big 12 will be well represented here with four wrestlers ranked in the top 20.

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133lbs: 10 Ranked

#6 Chas Tucker (Cornell), SR

#7 Montorie Bridges (Wyoming), JR

#8 Cam Sykora (North Dakota State), SR

#10 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley), SO

#12 Josh Kramer (Arizona State), SR

#13 Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma), SO

#16 Chance Rich (CSU Bakersfield), FR

#18 Collin Gerardi (Virginia Tech), FR

#20 Tim Rooney (Kent State), SR

#23 Tye Varndell (Edinboro), FR

Although it lacks anyone in the top five, it has nearly half the ranked athletes, plus Taylor LaMont. Three placers from this weight return, and it is the three highest-ranked guys.

141lbs: 8 Ranked

#1 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), SR

#2 Dom Demas (Oklahoma), SO

#4 Mitch McKee (Minnesota), SR

#6 Chad Red (Nebraska), JR

#7 Tariq Wilson (NC State), JR

#13 Ian Parker (Iowa State), JR

#18 Mitch Moore (Virginia Tech), SO

#22 Cole Mattin (Michigan), FR

Now we're talking. Not only will this weight determine the #1 ranking, it's just an excellent cast of names and styles. Pletcher the stoic senior captain of the Buckeyes, Demas the inside trip extraordinaire, McKee the chest lock master, Chad Red and his mixer, and Tariq's nonstop leg attacks. Plus Ian Parker had a win over Demas last year and the ever-dangerous "I can pin anyone" Mitch Moore.

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149lbs: 13 Ranked

#4 Collin Purinton (Nebraska), SR

#5 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa), SR

#6 Jarrett Degen (Iowa State), JR

#7 Griffin Parriott (Purdue), JR

#8 Brock Zacherl (Clarion), SR

#10 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State), FR

#12 Brayton Lee (Minnesota), FR

#13 Yahya Thomas (Northwestern), JR

#15 Henry Pohlmeyer (South Dakota State), SR

#16 Russell Rohlfing (CSU Bakersfield), SR

#18 Brent Moore (Virginia Tech), JR

#20 Josh Maruca (Arizona State), SR

#21 Greg Gaxiola (Fresno State), JR

Over half of the ranked 149s will be here, plus super freshman Andrew Alirez. Most of these guys are very familiar with each other, either in the course of their college careers or having met somewhere on the freestyle circuit.

157lbs: 7 Ranked

#1 Hayden Hidlay (NC State), JR

#2 David Carr (Iowa State), FR

#4 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern), JR

#7 Kendall Coleman (Purdue), FR

#11 Will Lewan (Michigan), FR

#20 Justin Thomas (Oklahoma), JR

#22 Jacori Teemer (Arizona State), FR

Another weight where the top spot in the country will be determined, and with the current highest ranked three guys all from different conferences, CKLV will still be massively important come seeding for the NCAA tournament.

165lbs: 8 Ranked

#4 Isaiah White (Nebraska), SR

#5 Josh Shields (Arizona State), SR

#8 Andrew Fogarty (North Dakota State), SR

#12 Ethan Smith (Ohio State), SO

#14 Phillip Conigliaro (Harvard), SO

#16 Tommy Bullard (NC State), JR

#22 Emil Soehnlen (Purdue), FR

#23 Ricky Stamm (Hofstra), JR

This weight was supposed to have the past two CKLV champs, but David McFadden is out. Isaiah White is looking to repeat.

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174lbs: 13 Ranked

#4 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa), SR

#5 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska), SO

#7 Dylan Lydy (Purdue), SR

#8 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State), JR

#9 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota), SR

#10 Hayden Hastings (Wyoming), SO

#11 Kaleb Romero (Ohio State), SO

#12 Brandon Womack (Cornell), SR

#14 Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma), SO

#21 Daniel Bullard (NC State), JR

#22 Jackson Hemauer (Fresno State), SO

#23 Jacob Oliver (Edinboro), SO

#25 Kimball Bastian (Utah Valley), SR

There will be (at least) five ranked guys who don't place at this weight. Returning placers from last year at the weight are Labriola, Lydy, Skatzka, and Bastian, plus Steiert coming up in weight.

184lbs: 12 Ranked

#1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), SR

#2 Trent Hidlay (NC State), FR

#3 Louie DePrez (Binghamton), SO

#4 Ben Darmstadt (Cornell), SO

#5 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), SR

#7 Sammy Colbray (Iowa State), JR

#9 Taylor Venz (Nebraska), JR

#10 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech), SO

#17 Jelani Embree (Michigan), SO

#23 Max Lyon (Purdue), JR

#24 Alan Clothier (Norhtern Colorado), JR

#25 Tate Samuelson (Wyoming), SO

Could we get another Zahid/Venz matchup? Can Hidlay hold on to his #2 ranking? Is there anyone in the country wrestling better than Taylor Lujan right now?

197lbs: 10 Ranked

#1 Kollin Moore (Ohio State), SR

#6 Eric Schultz (Nebraska), JR

#9 Jay Aiello (Virginia), JR

#10 Tom Lane (Cal Poly), SR

#11 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State), FR

#15 Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley), SR

#16 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma), SO

#19 Christian Brunner (Purdue), SR

#20 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State), JR

#25 Lucas Davison (Northwestern), FR

The top two guys here met in the finals last year.

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285: 12 Ranked

#4 Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley), SO

#5 Tanner Hall (Arizona State), SR

#6 Mason Parris (Michigan), SO

#8 Chase Singletary (Ohio State), SO

#12 Christian Lance (Nebraska), SR

#13 Brian Andrews (Wyoming), JR

#14 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State), JR

#17 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa), JR

#18 Brandon Metz (North Dakota State), SO

#19 John Borst (Virginia Tech), SO

#20 Jon Spaulding (Edinboro), JR

#25 Yaraslau Slavilouski (Harvard), FR

That big three at the top are all very real contenders to make the NCAA finals in March.

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