Jade Rauser Leads UVU by Placing at CKLV Invite

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM 125-pound redshirt freshman Jade Rauser.
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
125-pound redshirt freshman Jade Rauser.
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

Dec. 1, 2012

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Redshirt freshman Jade Rauser (125 pounds) led Utah Valley University by placing eighth at the 31st Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.

"Jade showed a lot of toughness," said UVU coach Greg Williams. "He was sick and wrestled that first match anyway. He was hurting badly but just really gutted it out."

Rauser began his day against North Idaho's Brock Banta in the consolation quarters. Despite being very sick, Rauser defeated him 10-8 to advance to the medal rounds. Rauser was then pulled from his remaining matches due to illness. He took a medical default versus Wyoming's Tyler Cox in the consolation semis and Colorado State-Pueblo's Jesse Hillhouse in the seventh-place bout.

On Friday, the redshirt freshman Rauser upset the No. 3 seed and 13th-ranked Sean Boyle from Michigan 10-7 in the second round to make it to the quarterfinals.

Behind Rauser, senior 149-pounder Josh Wilson and junior 165-pounder Abner Cook also advanced to Saturday but both dropped their first matches and each finished just one win shy of placement.

"Josh and Abner both wrestled well, just not well enough to win," added Williams. "Both lost their two matches to returning All-Americans," added Williams.

Wilson took on top-seeded and fourth-ranked Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State in the consolation quarterfinal match. The UVU senior, who placed fifth at this same tournament a year ago, wrestled Sakaguchi tough but ultimately one point was the difference as Wilson fell, 3-2.

Wilson finished with a 3-2 record at the tournament.

Cook matched up with fifth-seeded and 10th-ranked Taylor Massa of Michigan in the 165-pound consolation quarterfinal bout and Massa got the best of Cook as he pinned him 2:48 into the contest.

Cook also went 3-2 at the two-day invitational.

Seven other wrestlers also competed for UVU at the CKLV Invitational but all had their tournament runs cut short as they were eliminated on Friday.

As a team, UVU finished 23rd out of 32 teams with 20.5 points. No. 5 Ohio State won the invitational as it edged out No. 7 Missouri by a point with 124.5 points.

The Wolverines will have nearly a month off, as it won't compete until Dec. 29 and 30 at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. UVU will then begin its Western Wrestling Conference dual season Jan. 4 at home against No. 19 Wyoming.