Villers Heads Vegas Trip

West Virginia University wrestler Jared Villers highlighted his team's final day at the 25th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2, as he took eighth overall in the 197-pound weight class.

The Akron, Ohio, native began his day with a tough loss to eventual 197-pound champion Max Askren of Missouri, 6-5. Villers rebounded in his following match by earning a technical fall against Arizona State's Jason Trulson by a score of 17-0 at the 3:57 mark.

After losing a 3-0 decision in the consolation quarterfinals to Hofstra's Chris Weidman, 5-1, Villers injury defaulted to T.J. Morrison of Rider in the seventh-place bout.

Three other Mountaineers, Zac Fryling (157), Chance Litton (184) and Dustin Rogers (HWT), entered Saturday still alive in competition. However none advanced to consolation quarterfinals.

Fryling went 1-1 on the day as he defeated S. F. State's Kenneth Packard, 5-3, in his first match of the day and then lost a close 4-3 decision to Columbia's Devin Mesanko.

Litton earned a big 7-4 win over Nebraska's Levi Wofford before dropping a 6-1 decision to Northern Illinois' Duke Burke.

Rogers earned a pair of wins in consolation action over Penn's Benn Reiter (9-4) and Boise State's Andy Patrick (3-2). The Corning, Calif., native injury defaulted before his next bout against Kent State's Jemail Porter.

The Mountaineers are off until Friday, Dec. 15, when they host Duquesne at the WVU Coliseum in their first dual meet of the season. Wrestling begins at 8 p.m.

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