Wrestling to Travel to Compete at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

action shot of Beau Bayless
Photo Courtesy: Mark Ferraro

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team is set to compete at the 38th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which is scheduled for Dec. 6-7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Crimson will be one of 32 teams that will take the mat in Sin City. 

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What to Know
- Harvard resumes its 2019-20 slate this week in The Silver State and at the Cliff Keen Invitational. The Crimson returns to action two weeks after a solid showing at the Keystone Classic on Nov. 24.
- For the second straight tournament, first-year Philip Conigliaro won the 165-pound weight division. A native of Dedham, Conigliaro won the Keystone Classic after earning four consecutive decisions, including an 8-1 effort over No. 16 Ebed Jarrell of Drexel in the title bout. Two weeks earlier, Conigliaro won the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Vestal, New York, and heads to Las Vegas with an 8-0 record.
- Beau Bayless, a first-year from Greenville, Pennsylvania, took third place at the Keystone Classic, going 4-1 in the City of Brotherly Love. Bayless, a 125-pounder, has been a tough out in the early going, logging fourth- and third-place finishes, respectively, in the first two tournaments of the season. He is 7-3 this year.
- First-year Yaraslau Slavikouski has been impressive to date. Hailing from Rechitsa, Belarus by way of Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts, Slavikouski has a runner-up (Bearcat Open) and a third-place showing to his credit. At the Keystone Classic, Slavikouski, surrounded a 2-0 defeat in the semifinals with a pair of wins by decision to take the bronze medal. In the third-place match, the first-year beat Sean O'Malley of Drexel, 8-4. He heads west with a 7-2 record at 285 pounds.
- Last season at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Harvard sent three wrestlers to the round of 16 (Nolan Hellickson – 125 pounds, Hunter Ladnier – 157 pounds, Joshua Kim – 165 pounds). 

At The Helm
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in his 26th season at the helm of the program. The two-time EIWA Coach of the Year has a long history of coaching excellence on the mat and in classroom. Weiss has coached a pair of national champions, 17 EIWA champions and 19 All-Americans, while guiding his squad to the nation's top GPA in five of the last seven years. 

Next Up
Harvard returns to action at the end of December when it competes at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, Dec. 29-30, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.