Though NDSU doesn’t have anyone left on the championship side of the bracket, four Bison remain as the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational moves to its second day. 157 Clay Ream was the lone NDSU grappler to advance all the way to the quarterfinals. In that round, Ream fell to Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo by fall in 1:09.
Joining Ream in tomorrow’s wrestle back round needing one victory to place in the top eight are Paul Bianchi, Andrew Fogarty, and Cordell Eaton. Bianchi had a strong showing on the backside after taking an opening loss pin at the hands of Northern Iowa’s Jacob Schwarm. The Bison 125 now needs to defeat eleventh seed Christian Moody of Oklahoma to place in the top eight.
Andrew Fogarty has been downright dominant since being beaten in his first match of the day 4-0 by Purdue’s Jacob Morrissey. After the loss, Fogarty looks to have found the offense that has been missing at this early stage of the season. The Bison sophomore scored two decisions in a row before grabbing a pin and technical fall back to back. Fogarty will have top seed Logan Massa in the blood round tomorrow.
Kyle Gliva had an impressive showing at 149, but was eliminated in the final wrestle back round of the day by Jarrett Degen of Iowa State 11-7. Gliva led throughout that bout but gave up a reversal and four back points in the final minute. Degen is brother of current Bison freshman Sawyer Degen.