Jaffe Leads Wrestling at Cliff Keene Las Vegas Invite

Jaffe Leads Wrestling at Cliff Keene Las Vegas Invite

The freshman will wrestle tomorrow in the second consolation round of eight (Robert Preston).

LAS VEGAS – Traveling west for the first time this season, Harvard wrestling totaled nine victories at the 2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite.

Freshman A.J. Jaffe led the Crimson in winning his first two bouts at 141 pounds, topping Minnesota's Gannon Volk by major decision, 11-2, and Cal Poly's Colt Schilling by decision, 6-2. Jaffe faced 16th-ranked Logan Everett from Army in the quarterfinals, falling by decision, 10-4. Jaffe battled Purdue's Kyle Ayersman to open Saturday's action in the second consolation round of eight, but fell by decision in a hard-fought bout, 4-0.

Junior Logan Kirby tallied a pair of victories at 197 pounds, advancing to the second consolation round of 16. After falling to No. 20 Rocco Caywood (Army) by decision in the opener, Kirby rattled off victories over Wyoming's Cody Vigoren (F, 2:31) and Matt Dogget of Columbia (DEC, 9-6), before dropping a contest to Air Force's Anthony McLaughlin (F, 5:22).

Freshman Hunter Ladnier (149) and junior Kanon Dean (184) each won their opening contests by decision, while senior Jeffrey Ott pinned his initial opponent after 2:50 of action. Freshman Kyle Bierdumpfel (165) and senior Nicholas Gajdzik (285) picked up one win each in the consolation rounds.

Harvard travels to Midlands Dec. 29-30 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois. Hosted by Northwestern, the finals will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.