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Mueller Advances To Semifinals At Cliff Keen Invitational

Dec. 1, 2017

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LAS VEGAS – Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas), the third-seeded wrestler at 133 pounds, picked up four wins on Friday to advance to the semifinals and lead Virginia in action at the Cliff Keen Invitational at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Mueller will face seventh-seeded Josh Terao of American in the semifinals. Terao is ranked No. 13 nationally at 133 pounds, while Mueller is ranked No. 7.

He is one of four wrestlers to advance for the Cavaliers, as freshman Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.), redshirt sophomore Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) and redshirt junior Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) also advanced to Saturday’s action.

Virginia is 17th in the team standings with 31.0 total points. Michigan is in first place with 90.0 total points, while Ohio State (85.0), Nebraska (73.5), Arizona State (71.5) and Northern Iowa (68.0) round out the top five.

“Today was an absolutely crazy day,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “To be honest, it started very rough for us as a program, but we really brought it on through the end. The day ended really well with Jack (Mueller) advancing to the semifinals and Louie (Hayes) picking up a huge win against a nationally-ranked opponent to advance to the placing rounds. I’m also very proud of Sam (Krivus) and Will (Schany) to come all the way back to wrestle in the placing rounds Saturday.”

Hayes picked up four wins to advance through the consolation bracket, including a win over sixth-seeded Luke Welch of Purdue, after dropping his first match of the day. Hayes is the seventh-seeded wrestler at 125 pounds and is ranked No. 15 nationally, while Welch is ranked No. 14. Hayes will face No. Will Bardezbain of Kent State in his first match on Saturday. 



At 149 pounds, Krivus also advanced through the consolation bracket with three straight wins after dropping his opening bout to No. 6 Justin Oliver of Central Michigan. He will face No. 18 Zander Wick of Wisconsin in his first match of the day on Saturday.

Schany, who is seeded 13th and ranked No. 18 at 174 pounds, capped the wrestlers to advance for Virginia as he also fought his way back through the consolation bracket. He picked up four straight wins and will face No. 15 Keaton Subjeck of Stanford in his first match on Saturday.

Day two action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday and fans can follow the action through live stats and video linked at or through the program’s official Twitter account @UVAWrestling.

No. 15 Louie Hayes

Michael Russo (Cornell) dec. Hayes, 7-3 
Hayes pinned Lukus Stricker (Harvard), 0:30
Hayes major dec. Drew Hildebrandt (C. Michigan), 15-7
Hayes dec. Kris Williams (Nebraska), 4-2
Hayes dec. No. 14 Luke Welch (Purdue), 9-8 (TB-2)
vs. Will Bardezbain (Kent State) on Saturday

No. 7 Jack Mueller
Mueller major dec. Cody Trybus (Navy), 14-4
Mueller pinned Jack Wagner (N. Iowa), 0:55
Mueller dec. Charles Tucker (Cornell), 4-3
Mueller dec. Austin DeSanto (Drexel), 4-0
vs. No. 13 Josh Terao (American) on Saturday

Sam Martino 
Austin Harry (Army) dec. Martino, 3-2
Jeremiah Reitz (Duke) dec. Martino, 6-5

Sam Krivus
No. 6 Justin Oliver (C. Michigan) dec. Krivus, 6-0
Krivus major dec. Brandon Leynaud (Duke), 15-3
Krivus dec. Sam Turner (Wyoming), 4-1
Krivus major dec. Frank Garcia (Binghamton), 12-0
vs. No. 18 Zander Wick (Wisconsin) on Saturday

Fred Green
Green dec. Evan Barczak (Drexel), 13-4
No. 5 Josh Shields (Arizona St.) tech fall Green, 19-4 (6:01)
Zach Moore (W. Virginia) dec. Green, 15-12

Andrew Atkinson did not compete

No. 18 Will Schany
Dylan Lydy (Purdue) pinned Schany, 9:00
Schany dec. Seth Bogulski (N. Colorado), 10-4
Schany major dec. Kody Davis (Embry-Riddle), 13-3
Schany advanced on medical forfeit by No. 11 Ethan Ramos
Schany dec. Andrew McNally (E. Michigan), 8-3
vs. No. 15 Keaton Subjeck (Stanford) on Saturday

Michael Battista
No. 10 Max Dean (Cornell) tech fall Battista, 17-0 (4:44)
Dane Pestano (Iowa State) major dec. Battista, 13-4

Jay Aiello
No. 3 Jared Haught (VT) dec. Aiello, 10-4
Eric Schultz (Nebraska) dec. Aiello, 7-4

Tyler Love
No. 13 Nathan Butler (Stanford) tech fall Love, 16-0 (7:00)
Matt Stencel (C. Michigan) major dec. Love, 12-2


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