LAS VEGAS – Two champions. One runner up. Two third placers. The Ohio State wrestling team came back from Las Vegas with some hardware to show for it after competition concluded on Sunday at the 35th annual Cliff Keen Invitational.
On the strength of six placers, Ohio State took home the team title with 118.5 points, edging out second-place Wisconsin (113.5).
Graham High School graduate Micah Jordan claimed the title at 149 pounds.
Facing his second top-10 opponent of the day, Jordan finished off his second straight CKLV title by getting a key four-point near fall with 1:26 remaining in the match against Edinboro’s Pat Lugo. The redshirt sophomore, ranked No. 6 this week by InterMat, is now 17-0 on the season. He’s also 4-0 vs. ranked opponents.
Jordan’s 9-4 semifinal win over seventh-ranked Justin Oliver of was keyed by a second period reversal and two third period takedowns.
Graham graduate Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin picked up two pins and two tech falls to advance to the finals. In a close match against Michigan’s Logan Massa, Jordan notched the first takedown but Massa responded with one of his own to bring the score to 3-3 heading into the second period. A late escape put Massa up 7-6 after the second. With the title on the line, Jordan recorded an escape with 14 seconds remaining to tie the match, but riding time gave Massa the 8-7 victory.
Graham graduate Eli Stickley of Wisconsin earned a 6-4 decision over Wyoming’s Drew Templeman but then dropped two decisions, 10-6 and 10-4, to claim eighth place.