Wrestling Heads West for Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Wrestling Heads West for Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Harvard will be making its 17th straight appearance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this weekend (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard wrestling team will return to action after a break for the Thanksgiving holiday at the 31st annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational set to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 30 through Dec. 1. 32 teams are slated to compete at this year's tournament including 11 teams currently ranked in the InterMat top 25; No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Missouri, No. 8 Cornell, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 18 Northern Iowa, No. 19 Kent State, t-No. 21 Boise State, t-No. 21 Virginia, No. 24 North Dakota State and No. 25 Michigan.

InterMat will host a live blog throughout the tournament and fans are encouraged to join in the conversation by clicking here. For more information on the ranked teams and individuals who will be attending this weekend's tournament, click here.

At the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Harvard will be making its 17th consecutive appearance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.  The Crimson has placed in the top 10 three times at the tournament, including a program-best sixth-place finish in 1997-98. Harvard boasts five CKLV Invitational champions and last year saw two individuals reach the podium as Steven Keith placed third at 133 lbs. and James Fox took seventh at 197 lbs.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Nov. 30
Pigtail Round, Round 1, Round 2, Consolation Pigtails, Consolation Round 1
Quarterfinals, Consolation Round 2, Consolation Round 3

Saturday, Dec. 1
Consolation Round 4
Semifinals, Consolation Round 5, Consolation Semifinals, Consolation Finals
Championship Finals

9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
All times PST

Last Time Out
Cameron Croy
placed second and No. 13 Steven Keith took third to lead the Harvard wrestling team at the 18th annual Keystone Classic Nov. 18 in Philadelphia, Pa. Jeffrey Ott also finished on the podium in sixth place, marking the second straight week the trio has placed for the Crimson.

Related Article: Croy Takes Second, No. 13 Keith Third at Keystone Classic

Climbing the Charts
No. 15 Steven Keith is working his way into the Harvard record books and sits just outside the program's all-time top 10 for career wins with 86. Keith needs just two more victories to match Joel Friedman's '99 mark of 88 wins for 10th place while also vying to become just the seventh Crimson to reach 100 wins. The senior co-captain posted 34 victories a year ago, tied for sixth-best in program history.

Tournament Tested
Harvard will compete in four tournaments to begin the 2012-13 campaign including this weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and the Midlands Championships slated for Dec. 29-30. Three Crimson, No. 15 Steven Keith, Cameron Croy and Jeffrey Ott, have stood out early in the season finishing on the podium at both the Binghamton Open and Keystone Classic. Keith placed fifth at Binghamton before taking third at the Keystone at 141 lbs., while Croy placed fifth at Binghamton and second at the Keystone at 184 lbs. Ott, meanwhile, debuted at Binghamton with a second-place performance at 125 lbs. and followed it up with a sixth-place showing at the Keystone.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Walter Peppelman and Steven Keith were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012-13 season. Peppelman, serving as captain for a third straight season, has placed eighth at the NCAA's as a 157-pounder each of the last two seasons. His 92 career wins rank seventh in program history while his 27 falls rank third.

Keith earned All-America status for the first time last season with an eighth-place performance at 133 lbs. He will move up to 141 lbs. this season and enters the year with 77 career victories, 11-shy of 10th place in Harvard history.