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Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Finals Preview

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The finals matches at CKLV have been set, the semifinals did not go without some interesting matches however.

125- Richie Figueroa (ASU) vs Matt Ramos (Pur)

Looking at how both of these guys have performed this tournament so far I would have to give my pick to Figs to take it home.

133- Vito Arujau (Cor) vs Michael McGee (ASU)

McGee got to the finals with a very tough match against Dylan Ragusin of Michigan and Vito beat Latona soundly 6-1. Vito would have been the pick for me either way but this should be a very fun match.

141- Ryan Jack (NCST) vs Cael Happel (UNI)

Brock Hardy has had a very impressive tournament beating top seeded Cole Mattin and taking out Ryan Jack in the semifinals. He will face Cael Happel who just beat Clay Carlson to make the finals. My pick would be Hardy to take it home but this should be an interesting match.

149- Kyle Parco (ASU) vs Sammy Sasso (OSU)

Sasso won this match in overtime the last time that they met so this should be another barn burner. Parco getting to the finals after upsetting John Millner of App State and Sasso putting on somewhat of a dominant performance against Yahya Thomas.

This match could easily swing either way but Sasso is very good at winning close matches so I will go with him here.

157- Kendall Coleman (Pur) vs Peyton Robb (Neb)

It finally looked like Ed Scott was going to turn the series around on Peyton Robb but a late takedown sealed the deal after this match was entirely in Scott’s hands the third period.

Coleman is very good and I have been big on him since the 2020 season where he made the Big Ten finals. He has not really been able to put it together since then but after taking out Will Lewan with a dominant display in the semifinals this may just be his time.

Robb has to be the pick here given his consistency and how he has looked.

165- Julian Ramirez (Cor) vs Tanner Cook (SDSU)

Ramirez is the favorite here after Cook pinned Kharchla in the quarterfinals last night. He got to the finals with a medical forfeit. Ramirez has looked good throughout dominating both of his matches with little to no trouble.

The tier list at 165 is pretty set at this point knowing where all the top guys stand and who beats who consistently. Unless Cook pulls off another crazy pin Ramirez should win this no problem.

174- Mekhi Lewis (VT) vs Mikey Labriola (Neb)

Mekhi Lewis going to the wire with Chris Foca of Cornell who has been underrated but also not the most consistent so it makes sense. Foca has given Mekhi and Starocci troubles in the past but Mekhi would take the win 3-2.

Labriola is consistent and as solid as they come so he should be able to keep it close. Mekhi has not lost to anyone other that Starocci so I would not bet on it happening now.

184- Parker Keckeisen (UNI) vs Trent Hidlay (NCST)

Keckeisen dominated Lenny Pinto, and with the tournament that Pinto has had winning 11-2 is big. Hidlay took care of business defeating #4 Kaleb Romero in the semis and this should be a good one.

These two have only met once in their career with Keckeisen getting the win 7-5 in overtime. I say that happens again here and Keckeisen improves his record to 2-0 vs Hidlay.

197- Isaac Trumble (NCST) vs Tanner Harvey (Oreg St)

Both of these guys have gotten through a 197 pound field that has played out pretty interesting so far. Trumble has looked better I would say so he will be my pick to take home the title.

285- Mason Parris (Mich) vs Lucas Davison (NW)

Probably the matchup most people expected once Schultz was upset last night in a crazy stunner by AJ Nevills. Davison took care of Business vs Nevills to advance to the finals where he will see a rematch vs Mason Parris.

Last time these two wrestled was in the 5/6th place at nationals and Parris won 8-5 so this should be a good one, maybe Davison has closed the gap and maybe he has not but I will take Parris to win it at heavyweight.


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Akil Murugan
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