PRIMM, Nev. Boise State University sophomores Tyler Sherfey (157 lbs.) and Andy Patrick (HWT), and freshman Matt Casperson (197 lbs.) each advanced to the Round of 16 before dropping to their respective consolation brackets at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Saturday.
All eight of the Bronco wrestlers either won their first round match or received a bye to advance to the Round of 32.
Patrick, ranked No. 14 in the nation at heavyweight, got his tournament started off with a bang, pinning his opening round opponent, Jeff Schossow of Adams State, in 5:46. Patrick then defeated Thor Moen of Arizona State via a 12-4 decision. After dropping his Round of 16 match, Patrick knocked off Jordan Hein of Wisconsin in a tight 1-0 decision. His run at a third consecutive top three tournament finish was ended, however, with a 3-2 loss to Dustin Rogers of West Virginia.
Sherfey, the nation’s 12th-ranked wrestler at 157 pounds, received a bye in the opening round, and then teched Dustin Olsen of Utah Valley State (21-5) to advance. After dropping his Round of 16 match, Sherfey won by major decision (14-5) over Taylor Torisk of Adams State. His tournament run came to an end with a loss to Joe Ellenberger of Nebraska-Kearney (7-5).
After pinning Embry-Riddle’s Graham Weston in 1:26 to open the invitational, Casperson defeated Jared Boyer of Stanford by decision (8-6) in overtime. In the Round of 16, Casperson lost by decision (13-8), and then dropped his first consolation match to Harvard’s Jonathon Butler in a 3-1 decision.
Sophomore Cory Fish (125 lbs.), freshmen Jeff Newby (141 lbs.) and Nate Lee (174 lbs.) and senior Mike Casperson (184 lbs.) each advanced in the tournament with victories in their respective opening matches, but lost in the Round of 32 to drop to the consolation bracket. Freshman Luke Smith (165 lbs.) received a bye in the tournament’s opening round, but also failed to advance beyond the Round of 32.
Smith won his first two consolation matches, the first by default and the second by forfeit, but dropped his third consolation match to Pennsylvania’s Zach Shanaman in a 14-11 decision.
After winning his first consolation match in a 5-0 shutout of Western State’s Darren Hockett, Fish was ousted by Richard Byrd of Embry-Riddle in a 6-3 decision. Lee and Mike Casperson each also won their first round consolation matches, Lee by major decision (16-4) and Casperson by a 10-4 decision. However, neither was able to win their second round consolation match. Newby dropped his first consolation match to end his run in the tournament.
The Broncos return to action, Dec. 14, at home in their conference opener against Cal State Bakersfield.
Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Dec. 1-2, 2006
Star of the Desert Arena
Day One Results
Pigtails Cory Fish, Boise State def. William Livingston, Ohio State Dec. (10-2)
Round of 32 Mark Moos, Michigan def. Cory Fish, Boise State Dec. (6-4)
Wrestleback 1 Cory Fish, Boise State def. Darren Hockett, Western State Dec. (5-0)
Wrestleback 2 Richard Byrd, Embry-Riddle def. Cory Fish, Boise State Dec. (6-3)
Pigtails Jeff Newby, Boise State def. Derek Francavilla, Columbia Dec. (6-4)
Round of 32 Pat Payne, Arizona State def. Jeff Newby, Boise State Dec. (5-0)
Wrestleback 1 Heinrich Barnes, North Idaho def. Jeff Newby, Boise State Dec. (7-3)
Pigtails Tyler Sherfey, Boise State BYE
Round of 32 Tyler Sherfey, Boise State def. Dustin Olsen, Utah Valley State Tech (21-5)
Round of 16 Mike Chandler, Missouri def. Tyler Sherfey, Boise State Pin (1:59)
Wrestleback 3 Tyler Sherfey, Boise State def. Taylor Torisk, Adams State Major Dec. (14-5)
Wrestleback 4 Joe Ellenberger, Neb.-Kearney def. Tyler Sherfey, Boise State Dec. (7-5)
Pigtails Luke Smith, Boise State BYE
Round of 32 Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan def. Luke Smith, Boise State Major Def. (15-7)
Wrestleback 1 Luke Smith, Boise State def. Eric Connolly, West Virginia Default
Wrestleback 2 Luke Smith, Boise State def. Tyler Tisdell, George Mason Forfeit (1-0)
Wrestleback 3 Zach Shanaman, Penn def. Luke Smith, Boise State Dec. (14-11)
Pigtails Nate Lee, Boise State def. Dan Hospodka, Neb.-Kearney Dec. (11-10)
Round of 32 Keith Gavin, Pittsburgh def. Nate Lee, Boise State Dec. (8-3)
Wrestleback 1 Nate Lee, Boise State def. Andy Laminger, Mesa State Major Dec. (16-4)
Wrestleback 2 Lloyd Rogers, Tenn.-Chattanooga def. Nate Lee, Boise State Dec. (9-3)
Pigtails Mike Casperson, Boise State def. Cory Creighton, San Francisco State Dec. (6-0)
Round of 32 Joe Rovelli, Hofstra def. Mike Casperson, Boise State Pin (0:54)
Wrestleback 1 Mike Casperson, Boise State def. Kyle Sand, North Idaho Dec. (10-4)
Wrestleback 2 Nick Turbay, Ohio def. Mike Casperson, Boise State Dec. (6-0)
Pigtails Matt Casperson, Boise State def. Graham Weston, Embry-Riddle Pin (1:26)
Round of 32 Matt Casperson, Boise State def. Jared Boyer, Stanford Dec. (8-6 OT)
Round of 16 Chris Weidman, Hofstra def. Matt Casperson, Boise State Dec. (13-8)
Wrestleback 3 Jonathon Butler, Harvard def. Matt Casperson, Boise State Dec. (3-1)
Pigtails Andy Patrick, Boise State def. Jeff Schossow, Adams State Pin (5:46)
Round of 32 Andy Patrick, Boise State def. Thor Moen, Arizona State Dec. (12-4)
Round of 16 Tervel Dlagnev, Neb.-Kearney def. Andy Patrick, Boise State Dec. (9-3)
Wrestleback 3 Andy Patrick, Boise State def. Jordan Hein, Wisconsin Dec. (1-0)
Wrestleback 4 Dustin Rogers, West Virginia def. Andy Patrick, Boise State Dec. (3-2)