Richmond's Comeback Highlights First Day Of Las Vegas Invite

Junior Frank Richmond recorded three straight victories in the 165-pound wrestlebacks, including a 1:44 pin of Missouri Valley's Donaco Watts, to highlight Aggie action in the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.<br>(Mike Robles, Media Relations)
 
Junior Frank Richmond recorded three straight victories in the 165-pound wrestlebacks, including a 1:44 pin of Missouri Valley's Donaco Watts, to highlight Aggie action in the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
(Mike Robles, Media Relations)
 

Dec. 3, 2004

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - After losing a 4-2 overtime decision to seventh-seeded Justin Nestor of Pittsburgh, Aggie junior Frank Richmond won three straight bouts in the 165-pound wrestleback to highlight UC Davis action at the 23rd-annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational at the Cashman Center Friday.

Richmond, who pinned Adams State's Scott Koppenhafer in the pigtails round, defeated Buffalo's Mickey Moran, 10-5, then Cornell's Dave Post, 7-2 in his first two wrestleback bouts. He then concluded his first day with a 1:44 pin of Donaco Watts of Missouri Valley.

Junior Michael Clarkston also enjoyed a strong showing in the 197-pound wrestlebacks after a tough first-round loss. He lost a 21-5 technical fall to No. 5 Ryan Flaherty of Wisconsin, then proceeded to record back-to-back pins over Wyoming's Malcolm Havens and Buffalo's Harold Sherrell. Richmond pinned Havens in 7:00, then disposed of Sherrell in a 3:24 bout.

Senior 184-pounder Brandon Bear and sophomore 133-pounder Derek Moore represented UC Davis' two seeded competitors. Bear, seeded eighth, finished 3-1 on the day. He beat Matt Maclag of Wisconsin in a 13-5 major decision, then lost to seventh-seed Dan Pitsch of Oregon State in a 6-2 battle. Bear later recorded a 7-5 overtime victory of Fresno State's Jat Chatha and an 8-2 triumph of North Idaho's Josh Edmondson.

Eighth-seeded Moore easily beat North Carolina State's Jeff Breese, 16-1, in the round of 32 to open his Friday action, but lost an 18-4 major decision to Cornell's defending NCAA 125-pound champion Travis Lee in the quarterfinals.

Michigan holds a slight 95.5-92.5 edge in team scoring over Nebraska after Day 1. Only the top 10 team scores were available. Cal St. Bakersfield is the lone Pac-10 Conference member among the published leaders, holding 10th-place at 40.5 points.

 

 

The Las Vegas Invite continues on Saturday at 9 a.m.

CLIFF KEEN COLLEGIATE WRESTLING INVITATIONAL (Las Vegas, Nev.) - Day 1
UC Davis results only.

Pigtails
157 - Cooper Fouch (UC Davis) def. Matthew Button (Harvard), F 4:31
165 - Frank Richmond (UC Davis ) def. Scott Koppenhafer (Adams State), F 4:00
197 - Ryan Flaherty (Wisconsin) def. Michael Clarkston (UC Davis), TF 21-5 nt
285 - Mitch Manstedt (Nebraska) def. Evan Hendrix (UC Davis), F 6:30

Round of 32
125 - Jeremy Mendoza (Arizona State) def. Francisco Manriquez (UC Davis), 18-2 md
133 - Derek Moore (UC Davis) def. Jeff Breese (N.C. State), TF 16-1
141 - Jacob Skoles (Boise State) def. Omar Gaitan (UC Davis), 7-1
149 - Keri Stanley (Dickinson State) def. Daniel Murphree, 7-6
157 - Brad Anderson (Dana College ) def. Cooper Fouch (UC Davis), 8-4
165 - Justin Nestor (Pittsburgh) def. Frank Richmond (UC Davis), 4-2 OT
174 - Daniel Price (UC Davis) def. Marshall Marquardt (Dana College), 5:32
184 - Brandon Bear (UC Davis) def. Matt Maclag (Wisconsin), 13-5 md

Wrestleback 1
125 - Rob McCabe (Adams State) def. Francisco Manriquez (UC Davis), TF 15-0
149 - Brent Stover (North Idaho) def. Daniel Murphree (UC Davis), 8-6 ot
157 - Austin Scarset (Augustana) def. Cooper Fouch (UC Davis), 8-4
165 - Frank Richmond (UC Davis) def. Mickey Moran (Buffalo), 10-5
197 - Michael Clarkston (UC Davis) def. Malcolm Havens (Wyoming), F 7:00

Wrestleback 2
141 - Donald Lockett (S.F. State) def. Omar Gaitan (UC Davis), F 2:12
165 - Frank Richmond (UC Davis) dec. Dave Post (Cornell), 7-2
197 - Michael Clarkston (UC Davis) def. Harold Sherrell (Buffalo), F 3:24

Round of 16
174 - Ben Askren (Missouri) def. Dan Price (UC Davis), F 1:18
184 - Dan Pitsch (Oregon State) def. Brandon Bear (UC Davis), 6-2

Wrestleback 3
165 - Frank Richmond (UC Davis) def. Donaco Watts (Missouri Valley), F 1:44
174 - Matt Trout (Western State) def. Daniel Price (UC Davis), F 3:25
184 - Brandon Bear (UC Davis) def. Jat Chatha (Fresno State), 7-5 ot
285 - Blair Alderman (Dana College) def. Michael Clarkston (UC Davis), 12-4

Wrestleback 4
184 - Brandon Bear (UC Davis) def. Josh Edmondson (North Idaho), 8-2

Quarterfinals (Round of 8)
133 - Travis Lee (Cornell) def. Derek Moore (UC Davis), 18-4 md