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Wrestling Concludes Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite
Redshirt senior 285-pounder Smith takes seventh place with 5-2 weekend record
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  • Redshirt sophomore Billy Smith posted a 5-2 clip to take seventh place at the 2013 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational


    LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Dec. 7, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team concluded its stay in Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2013 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 7. Redshirt sophomore 285-pounder Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) bested Ohio State’s Nick Tavanello, 4-2, to take seventh place at his weight, the best finish of any Scarlet Knight in the tournament.

    Oklahoma won the tournament with 154.5 team points, as three Sooners were crowned champions and two finished as runner-ups. Behind Oklahoma was a pair of Big Ten schools, as Nebraska placed second with 130.5 points and Ohio State placed third with 119.5 points. Ohio State entered this year's competition having won the past two Cliff Keen Collegiate Invitationals. 

    No. 19/18/18 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) Smith entered the second day of the invitational in the consolation bracket after being upset in his second bout by Nebraska’s Colin Jensen. He rebounded by defeating Hofstra’s Michael Hughes Friday night, and kicked off his journey through the consolation bracket by topping No. 15/13/20 Blake Herrin of American University, 5-4.

    That match set Smith up for a showdown with North Carolina State’s No. 3/3/4 Nick Gwiazdowski with the opportunity to advance to at least the fifth-place bout. Smith fell to Gwiazdowski by a 6-3 margin to end his run at third place, and the High Point HS product responded by defeating Tavanello to earn seventh place.

    Redshirt senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) also entered Saturday in the consolation bracket after falling, 1-0, last night to No. 4/4/8 Joe Colon of Northern Iowa. No. 19 (W.I.N.) Dellefave was slated against Nebraska’s 15/19/NR Colton McCrystal, but fell, 5-2, to end his tournament.

    Overall Dellefave posted a 2-2 clip at the tournament, moving his record to 6-4 on the season. Smith recorded a 5-2 clip to improve his season record to 13-5.

    The Scarlet Knights return to the “Garden State” this week, when they travel down Route 1 to face EIWA and in-state rival Princeton on Dec. 14 at Jadwin Gym. The match will begin at 5:00 p.m., and represents the team’s final dual meet of the calendar year.

    Team scores;

    1. Oklahoma         154.5  17. Bakersfield 40.0

    2. Nebraska          130.5  18. Air Force   31.5

    3. Ohio State        119.5  T19. Brown    26.0

    4. Cornell             115.5  T19. San Francisco St 26.0

    5. Michigan           108.5  21. Purdue       25.5

    6. Northern Iowa     75.5  22. Rutgers    24.0

    7. Virginia                73.0  23. Arizona State 22.0

    8. Iowa State          62.5  T24. Cal Poly  21.0

    9. N Carolina State 59.5  T24. Utah Valley 21.0

    10. Virginia Tech    56.5  26. The Citadel 20.5

    11. Boise State       56.0  27. Harvard    15.5

    12. Oregon State    55.0  T28. Army       10.5

    13. American         48.5  T28. Grand Canyonn10.5

    T14. Hofstra          46.0  30. North Idaho 9.0

    T14. Wyoming        46.0  31. Cal Baptist   5.0

    16. Navy                 44.0  32. CS – Pueblo 4.0

    EIWA Opponents listed in bold 

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