LAS VEGAS –Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) paced the Virginia wrestling team at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday (Nov. 30) by advancing to the quarterfinals, and is one of four wrestlers to advance to day two of the event. Cam Coy (Jenaette, Pa.), Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) and Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) will join Aiello in day two of competition on Saturday (Dec. 1).
Aiello upset second-seeded Nathan Traxler of Stanford on the way to the quarterfinals before dropping a hard-fought 3-2 decision to No. 10 seeded Eric Schultz of Nebraska in the quarterfinals. He will face Sawyer Root of The Citadel on Saturday as he looks to place at the annual event.
Coy, who is the No. 11 seed in the event, went 3-1 on the day with his only loss coming at the hands of sixth-seeded Connor Flynn of Missouri. He will face fifth-seeded Joey Gunther of Illinois on Saturday.
Krivus went 4-1 on day one, dropping his opening match to eight-seeded Dom Demas of Oklahoma in sudden victory before rattling off four consecutive wins to advance to the second day of action. Two of his wins were bonus-point victories as Krivus posted a tech fall of Dylan Lockwood of Northern Idaho and pinned Garrett O’Shea of Air Force as part of his run through the wrestlebacks.
Schany also went 4-1 on the day, matching Krivus’ performance as he also won four consecutive matches to advance to day two. After dropping his opening bout to seventh-seeded Nino Bonaccorsi of Pittsburgh, Schany upset eighth-seeded C.J. LaFragola of Brown in a 9-2 decision before posting three straight major decisions to close out the evening.
Quinn Miller (Lilburn, Ga.) upset fifth-seeded Joseph Goodhart of Drexel in the opening round at heavyweight before having to medically forfeit the rest of the day following his second-round bout with Jake Boyd of Oklahoma. Louie Hayes, the fourth-seeded wrestler in the field at 125 pounds, went 3-2 on the day with a win over 10th-seeded Jacob Schwarm of Northern Iowa before seeing his run at the Invitational come to an end at the hands of Colby Smith of Missouri in the first consolation round of eight.
Saturday’s action will begin at 12 p.m. ET with live stats and a subscription based video stream provided by FloWrestling.com. Links to both live results and the video stream are available at VirginiaSports.com.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS – Seeds listed, national ranking in parentheses
No. 4 seed (No. 6) Louie Hayes
Pigtail: Hayes major dec. Antonio Mininno (Drexel) – 19-7
R32: Hayes pinned Korbin Meink (Campbell) – 3:29
R16: Brent Fleetwood (North Dakota State) dec. Hayes – 4-2
Consolation R16-2: Hayes major dec. No. 10 seed Jacob Schwarm (N. Iowa) – 11-3
Consolation R8: Colby Smith (Missouri) dec. Hayes – 10-4
Pigtail: Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma) dec. Courtney, 6-5
Consolation R32: Courtney dec. Hunter Kosco (Brown) – 4-3
Consolation R16: Courtney dec. Grant Joint (Fresno State) – 3-1
Consolation R16-2: No. 10 seed (No. 18) Ben Thornton (Purdue) dec. Courtney – 3-1
R32: No. 8 seed (No. 18) Dom Demas (Oklahoma) dec. Krivus – 5-3 (sv-1)
Consolation R32: Krivus dec. Ryan Farina (Cal Poly) – 6-0
Consolation R16: Krivus tech fall Dylan Lockwood (N. Idaho) – 16-0 (1:55)
Consolation R16-2: Krivus pinned Garrett O’Shea (Air Force) – 3:18
Consolation R8: Krivus dec. Nathan Boston (Campbell) – 1-0
Consolation R8-2: Krivus vs. No. 5 seed (No. 9) Nicholas Gil (Navy) – on Saturday
Pigtail: Martino dec. Mason Hulse (No. Colorado) – 3-1
R32: Malik Amine (Michigan) dec. Martino – 9-2
Consolation R16: Michael Sprague (American) dec. Sam Martino – 8-6
R32: Matthew Malcom (Nebraska-Kearney) tech fall Keating – 16-1 (4:35)
Consolation R16: Alex Mossing (Air Force) pinned Keating – 1:37
No. 11 seed (No. 18) Cam Coy
R32: Coy dec. Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) – 7-0
R16: No. 6 seed (No. 13) Connor Flynn (Missouri) tech fall Coy – 15-0 (6:29)
Consolation R16-2: Coy dec. Dazjon Casto (Citadel) – 9-2
Consolation R8: Coy dec. Jacob Wright (Fresno State) – 8-5
Consolation R8-2: Coy vs. No. 5 seed (No. 12) Joey Gunther (Illinois) – on Saturday
Pigtail: No. 2 seed (No. 4) Daniel Lewis (Missouri) major dec. Patrick – 10-0
Consolation R32: Patrick dec. Bryce Rogers (Brown) – 6-1
Consolation R16: Cody Hughes (Va. Tech) dec. Patrick – 6-3
Pigtail: No 7 seed (No. 13) Nino Bonaccorsi (Pitt) dec. Schany – 10-7
Consolation R32: Schany dec. No. 8 seed (No. 16) C.J. LaFragola (Brown) – 9-2
Consolation R16: Schany major dec. Dalton Robertson (N. Colorado) – 17-4
Consolation R16-2: Schany major dec. Owen Webster (Minnesota) – 11-3
Consolation R8: Schany major dec. Tanner Harvey (American) – 11-2
Consolation R8-2: Schany vs. No. 4 seed (No. 8) Chip Ness (UNC) – on Saturday
R32: Aiello major dec. Dylan Anderson (Minnesota) – 14-6
R16: Aiello dec. No. 2 seed (No. 8) Nathan Traxler (Stanford) – 5-4
QF: No. 10 seed Eric Schultz (Nebraska) dec. Aiello – 3-2
Consolation R8-2: Aiello vs. Sawyer Root (Citadel) – on Saturday
R32: Miller dec. No. 5 seed (No. 15) Joseph Goodhart (Drexel) – 7-1
R16: Jake Boyd (Oklahoma) pinned Miller – 2:08
Consolation R16-2: Jamarcus Grant (Oregon State) over Miller – Medical Forfeit