LAS VEGAS — Three Oregon State wrestlers remained in contention for top-six places after Friday’s opening day of the Cliff Keen Invitational at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Junior heavyweight Cody Crawford and senior 149-pounder Joey Delgado won their first two matches before losing and dropping to the consolation quarterfinals.
Sophomore 197-pounder Corey Griego lost his opening match, then won three in a row to advance to the consolation quarterfinals. They will resume action on Saturday morning.
Delgado faces Nick Barber of Eastern Michigan. Crawford meets Gage Hutchinson, also of EMU. Griego takes on Matt Williams of Cal State Bakersfield.
OSU is in 25th place with 14 team points in the 34-team event. The Beavers are just two points behind 20th-place Cal Poly and could move up several spots with a strong finish on Saturday.
Senior Joey Palmer (141) and redshirt freshman Weston Dobler (174) each advanced to the consolation round of 16 before being eliminated with went 2-2 record.
Kegan Calkins (125), Abraham Rodriguez (157), Rodney Williams (165) and Bob Coleman (184) each went 0-2 and were eliminated. Freshman 134-pounder Devan Turner did not compete.
The Beavers resume action on Dec. 15, at Utah Valley University. The Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 18) and the Midlands (Dec. 29-30) conclude competition for the calendar year.