Kjar Places Seventh, Ray Eighth to Lead UVU at Las
(Dec. 5, 2009) PRIMM, Nev. — Utah Valley University
juniors Benjamin Kjar (125-pounds) and Flint Ray
(133-pounds) placed seventh and eighth respectively at the
prestigious two day Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to
lead the Wolverines.
With the two wrestlers placing, it marked the first time
in UVU's history that it has had two wrestlers place at
the prestigious invite.
"I thought our older guys wrestled very well this
weekend," UVU head coach Greg Williams said. "All of our
wrestlers will learn from this experience, especially our
Kjar, who entered Saturday's action with a 5-1 record at
the invite, took on Boise State's Alan Bartelli as the two
grapplers were both battling for higher placement. In a
close match, Kjar ended up losing to Bartelli by decision,
7-5. With the loss, Kjar then matched up with Ohio State's
Nikko Triggas in the seventh place match. Kjar took
control from the get-go as he beat Triggas by fall 2:00
into the match. With the win Kjar finished placing seventh
and posted a 6-2 record.
Ray, who had a strong day one where he beat the No. two
and ninth seeded wrestlers on his way to a 4-1 day, began
Saturday's action facing off against the No. 20 ranked
grappler from Bucknell, David Marble. Ray ended up losing
to Marble by major decision as Ray injured his knee during
the match. With the loss, Ray entered the seventh place
matchup with Arizona State's Ben Ashmore but due to Ray's
injury he had to take a medical default which resulted in
him placing eighth. Ray went 5-2 overall at the invite.
Eight other wrestlers from UVU competed for the Wolverines
at the CKLV Invite but did not place as they were
eliminated on day one.
The Wolverines will next send a number of their grapplers
to Kearney, Neb., to compete at the Nebraska-Kearney Loper
Open on Dec. 12. After Christmas UVU will then send five
of its wrestlers to the prestigious Midlands Championships
on Dec. 29-30 in Illinois.