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Kjar Places Seventh, Ray Eighth to Lead UVU at Las Vegas Invite

(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 freshmen."

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. 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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