Pokes Hit Road For Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Nov. 29, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Las Vegas is the destination for the University of Wyoming varsity wrestlers this weekend as the Cowboys will compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, starting Friday.

The details
Wyoming wrestlers join competitors from 31 other squads in the two-day tournament, starting Friday and continuing Saturday in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Western Wrestling Conference foes Air Force, Northern Colorado and Utah Valley will be in attendance, along with some of the nation's top-ranked teams.

Three of InterMat's top-10 teams on the slate include No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Missouri and No. 8 Cornell, along with six other top-25 teams.

The schedule
Friday (All times MT)
10 a.m. - Pigtail round, round 1, round 2, consolation pigtails and consolation round 1
7 p.m. - Quarterfinals and consolation rounds 2 and 3
Saturday
10 a.m. - Consolation round 4
11 a.m. - Semifinals and consolation round 5, consolation semifinals, consolation finals
4 p.m. - Championship finals

Last year
In last season's CKLV event, current Cowboys Alfonso Hernandez, Dakota Friesth and Zach Zehner each placed in the top eight. Hernandez was fourth at 197 pounds, Friesth was eighth at 157 and Zehner was fifth at 133. In the team standings, UW finished third.

A look at these Cowboys
Wyoming enters Friday's action with Hernandez being the only ranked wrestler in the lineup. The senior is tabbed as high as No. 3 at 197 pounds, and owns a 10-0 mark this year, with nine bonus-point wins.

UW is 19th in the WIN Magazine and NWCA/USA Today/Amateur Wrestling News team polls, both dual-based rankings.

Probable lineup (season record):
125 - Sophomore Tyler Cox (8-3)
133 - Senior Kasey Garnhart (6-3)
141 - Senior McCade Ford (8-5)
149 - Sophomore Brandon Richardson (8-4)
157 - Sophomore Andy McCulley (8-1)
165 - Sophomore Dakota Friesth (6-6)
174 - Senior L.J. Helbig (8-3)
184 - Sophomore Shane Woods (7-5)
197 - Senior Alfonso Hernandez (10-0)
285 - Redshirt freshman Tanner Harms (8-2)