LAS VEGAS – Jack Mutchnik earned a spot in the second day of competition to lead American University wrestling performances Friday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
American finished the opening day at 32nd in the team standings with 14.5 points. Missouri had 77 points to lead after the first day, but Ohio State was in second place with 64 points and had six wrestlers still in the championship bracket heading into Saturday's action.
• Mutchnik, a redshirt senior, will wrestle in the consolation round of eight after going 4-1 on the first day. His only loss came in a 2-1 defeat to fifth-seed Nicholas Gil of Navy. He opened the day with a pair of major decisions, beating Kyle Evans of Western Wyoming, 9-0 and Owen Lamb of Northern Colorado, 10-1, in the first two rounds.
• Michael Sprague, who placed eighth last season at the CKLV, lost his opening bout to fourth-seeded Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa, but came back to pin Wyatt Cornelison of Cal Poly (4:21) and edge Sam Martino of Virginia, 8-6. He had to take a medical forfeit in his next round to leave the tournament.
• AU redshirt sophomore Tanner Harvey, last season's NJCAA national champion, had a good Friday in the tournament. He won his opening match but lost to No. 1 seed Myles Martin of Ohio State. Harvey then won his next three matches, including a 3:48 pin of Austin Burrell of North Idaho, before being eliminated by Will Schany of Virginia in the consolation round of eight.
• Redshirt freshman Niko Camacho opened his day with a 3-2 win over 9th-seed Zach Elam of Missouri, but lost his next two matches.