#5 Michigan will travel to Las Vegas to wrestle in the 40th annual Cliff Keen Invitational. There are 33 teams in this year's. competition, including 5 of the top 10 teams in the nation. Other top-10 teams include Ohio State, Arizona State, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech. Wrestling will take place Friday and Saturday, and the action available on Flowrestling.
Probable Michigan Lineup:
125 - #32 Kurt McHenry: This is a great opportunity for McHenry to keep climbing the national rankings and work on his seed for the B1G tournament, as there are 12 ranked wrestlers at this weight. #4 Michael DeAugustino of Northwestern leads the way, with Matt Ramos (Purdue) and Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) also in the mix. Jarrett Trombley (North Carolina State, Lake Fenton HS) is another Michigan Grappler to keep an eye on.
133 - #5 Dylan Ragusin: 14 ranked wrestlers here, with Ragusin right in the mix for the top spot on the podium. The favorite is #3 Vito Arajau of Cornell, but Ragusin is a tough out. Ragusin will likely be on the bottom half of the bracket with Michael McGee of Arizona State, who beat Ragusin in an 8-7 battle in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament a season ago.
141 - #10 Cole Mattin: Mattin could potentially enter the tournament as the #1 seed. There are 16 ranked wrestlers here, but Mattin is the lone guy in the top-10. The lone All-American at the weight is expected to be Clay Carlson of South Dakota State, who won the tournament a season ago.
149 - #19 Chance Lamer: Three of the top five guys will be here, including All Americans Sammy Sasso of Ohio State, Jonathan Millner of Appalachian State, and Kyle Parco of Arizona State. Yahya Thomas of Northwestern is also an All American, taking 3rd in 2021. Lamer is unbeaten on the season so far and will be tested here.
157 - #3 Will Lewan: Lewan could be another top seed for the Wolverines, with #4 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) being the only other top-5 wrestler. Ed Scott dropped in the rankings after losing to CMU's Corbyn Munson a week ago, but he will be a tough out.
165 - Zack Mattin: This will be one of the tournament's tougher weight classes, with 14 ranked wrestlers. Unfortunately, we do not expect 2x All American Cam Amine back in the lineup quite yet. We do, however, have one of the Mattin brothers in the meantime, who is tough and getting better. #6 Carson Kharchla (Ohio State) and #8 Julian Ramirez (Cornell) will be the favorites here.
174 - #32 Joe Walker: This weight is loaded with an NCAA champ (Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech) and All Americans Ethan Smith (Ohio State) and Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley). Walker appears to have gained the advantage in the competition for the starting spot in Michigan's lineup, and this is a great tournament to solidify it. Walker needs to compete with guys like NCAA qualifier Fisher of Northwestern, and he may have his shot this weekend.
184 - #10 Matt Finesilver: The transfer from Duke has already made a big impact in the Wolverine lineup, and he will certainly have an opportunity to make more noise this weekend. 7 of the nation's top-10 guys are at this weight, including 5 All Americans. Finesilver has one loss on the year, which came to Ohio State's Kaleb Romero, who will be on this bracket.
197 - Brendin Yatooma: This is the only weight without anyone in the top-10, although there are 10 ranked guys. Yatooma appears to have earned the starting spot at 197lbs for the Wolverines, and he could really impress with a solid showing in Vegas. Yatooma should have a chance against some lower ranked guys with an opportunity to jump into the national rankings.
285 - #3 Mason Parris: It isn't very often that you can say Parris isn't the favorite entering a tournament, but #1 Cohlton Schultz will be at the weight. Parris lost to Schultz at the NCAA tournament last season, although Parris was winning for a majority of the match. But first, Parris will be tested against guys like Slavikouski (Harvard), Davison (Northwestern), and/or Hendrickson (Air Force).
Michigan's Past Results:
2017 - 2nd of 46 teams
2018 - 5th of 42 teams
2019 - 16th of 32 teams
2020 - No Tournament
2021 - 3rd of 26 teams
Michigan State will travel to Newark, New Jersey, to take on Binghamton and Princeton on Sunday. The Spartans are 3-0 so far on the season after outscoring the opposition a combined 131-3 so far. These two duals will be the biggest tests for the Spartans so far on the year. Both Binghamton and Princeton have some firepower in their lineups. The big matches against Binghamton will come at 184 and 197lbs, where we will see ranked matchups. Against Princeton, Caffey will see another ranked opponent at 197lbs. At 125lbs, NCAA runner-up Pat Glory could be back in the lineup, while Quincy Monday is ranked 1st at 157lbs.
Michigan State vs Binghamton
125 - Tristan Lujan vs Micah Roes
133 - #8 Rayvon Foley vs Anthony Sobotker
141 - Jordan Hamdan vs Nate Lucier
149 - Peyton Omania vs Michael Zarif
157 - #15 Chase Saldate vs Fin Nadeau
165 - #32 Caleb Fish vs Will Ebert
174 - Miles Hoey vs Sam DePrez
184 - #16 Layne Malczewski vs #25 Jacob Nolan
197 - #17 Cameron Caffey vs #7 Lou DePrez
285 - Ryan Vasbinder vs Cory Day
Michigan State vs Princeton
125 - Tristan Lujan vs #2 Pat Glory
133 - #8 Rayvon Foley vs Sean Pierson
141 - Jordan Hamdan vs Danny Coles
149 - Peyton Omania vs Rocco Camillaci
157 - #15 Chase Saldate vs #1 Quincy Monday
165 - #32 Caleb Fish vs Blaine Bergey
174 - Miles Hoey vs Kole Mulhauser
184 - #16 Layne Malczewski vs Nate Dugan
197 - #17 Cameron Caffey vs #19 Luke Stout
285 - Ryan Vasbinder vs #27 Matthew Cover
125 - #29 Jarrett Trombley (NC State, Lake Fenton HS)
125 - #33 Kurt McHenry (Michigan)
133 - #5 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan)
133 - #8 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State, Ann Arbor Pioneer HS)
141 - #10 Cole Mattin (Michigan)
141 - #12 Casey Swiderski (Iowa State, Dundee HS)
149 - #19 Chance Lamer (Michigan)
149 - #23 Johnny Lovett (Central Michigan)
157 - #3 Will Lewan (Michigan)
157 - #15 Chase Saldate (Michigan State)
157 - #32 Corbyn Munson (Central Michigan, Chelsea HS)
165 - #4 Cameron Amine (Michigan, Detroit CC HS)
165 - #17 Alex Facundo (Penn State, Davison HS)
165 - #32 Caleb Fish (Michigan State, Eaton Rapids HS)
174 - #32 Joe Walker (Michigan)
184 - #10 Matt Finesilver (Michigan)
184 - #16 Layne Malczewski (Michigan State, Dakota HS)
184 - #19 Will Feldkamp (Clarion, Dexter HS)
184 - #30 Neil Antrassian (Virginia, Bedford HS)
197 - #1 Max Dean (Penn State, Lowell HS)
197 - #17 Cameron Caffey (Michigan State)
285 - #3 Mason Parris (Michigan)
285 - #11 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin, Lake Fenton HS)
285 - #13 Taye Ghadiali (Campbell, Warren Fitzgerald HS)
285 - #33 Colton McKiernan (SIUE, Richmond HS)