Zillmer Seventh, Ream Eighth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev.–North Dakota State University 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer placed seventh and 149 Clay Ream finished eighth during the final day of action Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational held in the Cashman Center. Following Zillmer’s match, NDSU was 22nd in the team standings with 37.5 points.

North Dakota State (0-2) is scheduled to square off with South Dakota State (1-5) for the Border Bell at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in Brookings. The dual will be broadcast on Midco Sports Network. SDSU will wrestle three duals Sunday.

Zillmer, a senior from Crosby, Minn., worked a 12-1 major decision against Ryan Christensen of Wisconsin in the seventh place match. He opened with an 18-2 tech fall over Iowa State’s Dane Pestano, but his third-period rally fell short in an 11-9 loss to 14th-ranked Matt Miller of Navy. Zillmer, who entered the weekend ranked 4th nationally, finished with a 4-2 record at the CKLV and stands 14-2 overall.

Ream, a sophomore from Wentzville, Mo., started the day with a 9-6 decision over Joey Galasso of Cornell. He lost back-to-back major decisions to 17th-ranked Matt Krauser of Arizona State, 14-3, and Geo Martinez of Boise State, 20-8. Ream went 4-3 at the CKLV and is now 9-5.

Zillmer and Ream were two of five Bison wrestlers to advance to Saturday. NDSU 125 Josh Rodriguez (4-2 CKLV, 13-4 overall) lost 6-5 to Missouri’s 14th-ranked Barlow McGhee; 141 Mitch Bengtson (3-2 CKLV, 8-4) dropped an 11-6 decision to Missouri’s Matt Manley, and 285 Ben Tynan (3-2 CKLV, 12-4) fell 5-4 to Harvard’s Nick Gajdzik.

Brackets at flowrestling.org

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