Las Vegas, Nevada – Three Oregon State wrestlers place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite after two days of competition: RJ Pena placed third at 157, Taylor Meeks fourth at 197, and Scott Sakaguchi fourth at 149.
Pena tallied four straight wins on Saturday to secure a third place finish in the tournament. In his first two bouts, Pena pinned both his opponents: Army’ Paul Hancock in 2:45 and Ohio State’s Randall Languis in 2:59. He defeated his third opponent, Michigan’s Brian Murphy, by default, and then topped North Carolina State’s Thomas Gantt to clutch a third place finish.
Meeks collected two decision victories early in the day, defeating American’s Daniel Mitchell 4-2, and then Virginia Tech’s Chris Penny 8-6, sending him to the third/fourth place match. Unfortunately, Meeks had to medically forfeit his match against Boise State’s Cody Dixon, giving him a fourth place finish overall.
Sakaguchi tallied three decision victories on Saturday to lock up a fourth place finish. First topping Purdue’s Brandon Nelson by a 9-2 decision, Sakaguchi then defeated Cal Poly’s Blake Kastl 4-2 and Michigan’s Eric Grajales 7-1. In his final match, Sakaguchi fell to Cornell’s Chris Villalonga by a 4-1 decision, moving him into the fourth place slot at the end of the day.
Oregon State finished 12th overall as a team with 55 points after both days of competition. The Beavers return to Gill Coliseum December 20th as they host Wyoming.
149 – Scott Sakaguchi decision Brandon Nelson (Purdue), 9-2
149 – Scott Sakaguchi decision Blake Kastl (Cal Poly), 4-2
149 – Scott Sakaguchi decision Eric Grajales (Michigan), 7-1
149 – Chris Villalonga (Cornell) decision Scott Sakaguchi, 4-1
157 – RJ Pena fall Paul Hancock (Army), 2:45
157 – RJ Pena fall Randall Languis (Ohio State), 2:59
157 – RJ Pena default Brian Murphy (Michigan), Default
157 – RJ Pena decision Thomas Gantt (North Carolina State), 5-3