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Three Sooners Alive After First Day at Cliff Keen

LAS VEGAS, N.V. – Three Oklahoma wrestlers survived day one of the action at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with Dom Demas and Jake Boyd advancing to the quarterfinals of their respective weight classes and Jeremy Thomas racking up wins in the consolation bracket. 

The two-day tournament, which features 13 teams ranked in InterMat’s top-25, is taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Sooners have tallied 26.5 points through the first day of competition.

At 141 pounds, No. 8 seed Demas won his opening-round match as a 4-2 decision against Drexel’s Julian Flores. Demas picked up a 5-3 victory against Samuel Krivus of Virginia to move into the round of 16. The redshirt freshman pinned No. 9 seed Nate Limmex of Purdue in 3:10, claiming his fourth pin of the season.

In the quarterfinal, Demas suffered his first loss since Nov. 3 at the hands of Ohio State’s Joseph McKenna in an 8-3 decision. Demas will move to the first consolation round of eight, where he will meet PItt’s LJ Bentley on Saturday.

Heavyweight Boyd received a first-round bye before notching back-to-back pins, with the first coming against Evan Callahan of Harvard in 2:07. Boyd’s second win by fall was over Virginia’s Quinn Miller in 2:08. Boyd dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 4 Cory Daniels of North Carolina in the quarterfinals.  

Boyd will meet Missouri’s Zach Elam in Saturday’s second consolation round of eight.

At 165, Jeremy Thomas made a run to the consolation quarterfinals. In the first round, Thomas dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 12 Wentzel (Pitt) to move to consolation. There, he defeated Hofstra’s Richard Stamm for an 8-3 win, followed by Harvard’s Joshua Kim in a 3-2 decision. The redshirt sophomore grabbed a third consecutive win toppling Joshua McClure of North Carolina, 9-2, in the first consolation round of eight. Thomas awaits a matchup in Saturday’s second consolation round of eight.

Elsewhere in the tournament, several more Sooners picked up wins. In the 125-pounds bracket, Christian Moody opened the event with a 3-1 decision over American’s Gage Curry. In the round of 32, Moody suffered a loss by technical fall (17-2) to Sebastian Rivera of Northwestern. The redshirt junior moved into consolation, but medically forfeited.

At 133, Anthony Madrigal went 2-2 on Friday. The freshman won his opening match with Virginia’s Brian Courtney, 6-5, then dropped a 9-2 decision to Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak. Madrigal grabbed a 5-0 victory against Christian Miller of Nebraska in consolation before he was defeated by Illinois’ Dylan Duncan in a 4-1 decision.

Competing at 149 pounds, Davion Jeffries went 1-2 during the first day of competition. The senior lost his opener to Mitch Finesilver (Duke) in a 5-1 decision before picking up a 5-1 decision against Christian Kanzler of Illinois in consolation. Jeffries dropped a major decision (15-3) to Wyoming’s Jaron Jensen in the following round.

Justin Thomas received a first-round bye in the 157 pounds bracket before suffering an 8-4 loss by decision to Hunter Willits (Oregon State). In consolation, Thomas fell to Drexel’s Barczak in a 4-1 decision.

At 174, Anthony Mantanona went 2-2. He won his first match of the day as an 11-4 decision against Bryan McLaughlin of Drexel. The redshirt freshman suffered a narrow, 11-10 loss by decision to Brandon Womack (Cornell) before pinning Cal Poly’s Nathan Tausch in 2:04 in the consolation bracket. Mantanona’s run was ended by Andrew Morgan (Campbell) in a 13-11 decision.

Wrestling at 184, Kayne MacCallum suffered a round of 32 loss, 7-5, to Nino Bonnaccorsi of Pitt before picking up two wins in consolation. MacCallum notched his first pin of the season against Cal Poly’s J Huber in 4:30, and followed that win up with a 6-4 victory against Tucker Tomlinson (Western Wyoming). The graduate transfer was eliminated by Duke’s Kaden Russell, 9-6.

Seeded No. 8 at 197 pounds, Woodley went 1-2 on the day. Woodley received a bye in the opening round before picking up a 5-2 win by decision against Andre Lee (Illinois). Woodley was defeated by No. 9 seed Ben Honis of Cornell, 4-2, in the round of 16. In consolation, Woodley was defeated by The Citadel’s Sawyer Root in a 6-1 decision.

Saturday concludes action at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Matches are set to begin at 11 a.m. CT.  A full event schedule can be found on the tournament’s website, and brackets and results will be available on FloArena. Additionally, FloWrestling will live stream the event for a fee.

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