Snyder, Powell Lead Huskers in Las Vegas

By NU Athletic Communications
Las Vegas, Nev. -- The Nebraska wrestling team sits in eighth place with 58.50 team points after the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Michigan holds the team lead with 112.00 points.

The Huskers were led by their two returning Big 12 Champions, top-ranked senior Bryan Snyder and fourth-ranked sophomore Jason Powell.

Snyder, who upped his overall record to 10-0, advanced to the championship 157-pound semifinals with a 18-4 major decision victory over Adam Britt of VMI. All 10 of the Easton, Pa., native?s wins have gone for bonus points this season (six technical falls, three major decisions, one fall).

At 125 pounds, Powell picked up his sixth fall of the season, pinning Vic Moreno of Cal State-Bakersfield at the 5:46 mark in the quarterfinals. Powell is 9-0 on the year.

Redshirt freshman Justin Ruiz dropped his first match of the season in a 5-3 loss to 10th-ranked David Sandberg of Pittsburgh in the 197-pound quarterfinals. The sixth-ranked Murray, Utah, native fell to 8-1.

Sophomore heavyweight Pat Miron also fell into the consolation bracket with an 8-0 loss to 17th-ranked Kevin Hoy of Air Force in the quarterfinals.

NU?s only participant still alive in the consolation bracket is 133-pound sophomore Joey Malia, who scored a fall over Evan Larkin of Arizona State in the consolation third round before squeaking by Evan Sola of North Carolina, 4-3, in the wrestleback?s fourth round.

The invite, which is in its 20th year, concludes Saturday starting at 11 a.m. CDT. The championship finals are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Session Two Results
Consolation Third Round
133 pounds Joey Malia (NU) by fall over Evan Larkin (Arizona State), 3:40
141 pounds Chris Bennett (Air Force) dec. Scott Burnett (NU), 6-5
165 pounds Pierre Pryor (North Carolina State) by fall over #17 Tony Denke (NU), 1:38
184 pounds #5 Travis Pascoe (NU) dec. Garrett Bontempo (Buffalo), 11-5

Championship Quarterfinals
125 pounds #4 Jason Powell (NU) by fall over Vic Moreno (Cal State-Bakersfield), 5:46
157 pounds #1 Bryan Snyder (NU) maj. dec. Adam Britt (VMI), 18-4
197 pounds #10 David Sandberg (Pittsburg) dec. #6 Justin Ruiz (NU), 5-3
Heavyweight #17 Kevin Hoy (Air Force) maj. dec. Pat Miron (NU), 8-0

Consolation Fourth Round
133 pounds Joey Malia (NU) dec. Evan Sola (North Carolina), 4-3
184 pounds Chris Rufo (North Dakota State) dec. #5 Travis Pascoe (NU), 11-9

Session One Results
Championship Preliminaries
141 pounds Juan Mora (Cal State Fullerton) by fall over Scott Burnett (NU), 6:35
149 pounds David Dies (Brown) dec. Jeremy Baker (NU), 11-9, OT
165 pounds #17 Tony Denke (NU) tech. fall over Daniel Johnson (Dickinson), 21-4, 6:59

Championship First Round
125 pounds #4 Jason Powell (NU) by fall over Matt Strawser (N. Dakota St.), 6:29
133 pounds Joey Malia (NU) dec. Tyler Moran (Embry Riddle), 4-3
157 pounds #1 Bryan Snyder (NU) maj. dec. Drew Dickerson (Missouri Valley), 22-8
165 pounds Brody Barrios (Cal Poly) dec. #17 Tony Denke (NU), 12-5
184 pounds #5 Travis Pascoe (NU) dec. Nik Ciarcia (Brown), 9-5
197 pounds #6 Justin Ruiz (NU) dec. Mike Gerstl (Columbia), 11-6
Heavyweight Pat Miron (NU) by fall over Bart Seeman (Columbia), :49

Consolation First Round
141 pounds Scott Burnett (NU) dec. Cleveland Berto (San Francisco State), 6-1
149 pounds Jeremy Baker (NU) dec. Keri Stanley (Northern Idaho), 8-2
165 pounds #17 Tony Denke (NU) maj. dec. Eli Grimett (Pima), 20-8

Championship Second Round
125 pounds #4 Jason Powell (NU) tech. fall over Nathan Peterson (Stanford), 18-1, 4:43
133 pounds Jason Harless (Oregon) dec. Joey Malia (NU), 6-2
157 pounds #1 Bryan Snyder (NU) tech. fall over Levi Weikel-Magden (Stanford), 23-8, 5:36
184 pounds Tyson Thivierge (Montana State-Northern) dec. #5 Travis Pascoe (NU), 11-5
197 pounds #6 Justin Ruiz (NU) maj. dec. Marcio Botelho (Fresno State), 10-2
Heavyweight Pat Miron (NU) wins by injury default Matt Brink (Michigan)

Consolation Second Round
141 pounds Scott Burnett (NU) dec. Chris Brines (UC-Davis), 12-7
149 pounds Jason Holder (Boston) dec. Jeremy Baker (NU), 8-3
165 pounds #17 Tony Denke (NU) dec. John Garfinkel (Stanford), 2-1


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