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Abas, Griffith Place in Vegas

Dec 4, 2021

LAS VEGAS - Shane Griffith finished as the runner-up and Jaden Abas placed fifth to lead Stanford at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.

With its two placewinners, Stanford was 13th as a team, totaling 41 points.

Griffith reached the finals with a 5-4 decision over No. 9 Carson Kharchla of Ohio State in the semifinals. Ranked No. 4 at 165 pounds, Griffith dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2 Evan Wick of Cal Poly in the finals. He is now 9-2 on the season.

Abas, who is No. 6 nationally, began the day with back-to-back wins in the consolation bracket at 149 pounds. He posted a 6-1 decision over No. 31 Cory Crooks of Oregon State and a 9-4 decision against No. 26 Michael Blockhus of Minnesota. He then fell to No. 4 Yahya Thomas of Northwestern, 7-4, and dropped into the fifth-place match. Oklahoma's Mitch Moore was leading Abas in the bout but had to default due to injury, giving Abas the win. The redshirt sophomore moves to 10-3 on the season.

Sophomore Charlie Darracott and redshirt junior Tyler Eischens both fell in their opening matches on Saturday. Darracott lost a 14-5 major decision to No. 15 Will Lewan of Michigan at 157 pounds. Eischens was pinned in 4:50 by No. 20 Gerrit Nijenhuis of Purdue at 174 pounds.

Up next, Stanford travels to the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 19 to close out 2021.

Logan Ashton, 125 pounds | 0-1

Opponent Result
lost to #28 Jacob Allen (Navy) 3-2


#6 Jaden Abas, 149 pounds | 4-2 (5th)

Opponent Result
dec. Christopher Sandoval (Northern Colorado) 7-4
lost to #12 Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) 9-2
dec. #31 Cory Crooks (Oregon State) 6-1
dec. #26 Michael Blockhus (Minnesota) 9-4
lost to #4 Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) 7-4
won by inj. def. over #15 Mitch Moore (Oklahoma) Inj. Def.


Charlie Darracott, 157 pounds | 3-2

Opponent Result
dec. Trevor Tarsi (Harvard) 6-1
lost to #13 Jacob Wright (Wyoming) 13-2
dec. Jaxon Garoutte (Utah Valley) 6-4
dec. Kenny O'Neil (South Dakota State) 8-1
lost to #15 Will Lewan (Michigan) 14-5


#4 Shane Griffith, 165 pounds | 4-1 (2nd)

Opponent Result
tech. fall Danny Snediker (Utah Valley) 17-1 (5:43)
fall Cooper Voorhees (Wyoming) F2:58
maj. dec. #31 Joshua Ogunsanya (Columbia) 12-4
dec. #19 Carson Kharchla (Ohio State) 5-4
lost to #2 Evan Wick (Cal Poly) 6-2


#29 Tyler Eischens, 174 pounds | 2-2

Opponent Result
lost to #16 Cade DeVos (South Dakota State) 7-3
fall Alex Marciniak (Sacred Heart) F1:18
maj. dec. #30 Joshua Kim (Harvard) 9-1
lost to #20 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Purdue) F4:50


Colbey Harlan, 184 pounds | 0-2

Opponent Result
lost to Jack Jessen (Northwestern) 10-3
lost to Caden Gerlach (California Baptist) F3:35


#33 Nick Stemmet, 197 pounds | 2-2

Opponent Result
dec. Joseph Franzese (Columbia) 8-3
lost to #9 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) F4:02
maj. dec. Ben Stemmet (The Citadel) 15-2
lost to #12 Thomas Penola (Purdue) 14-5


Peter Ming, 285 pounds | 0-2

Opponent Result
lost to Gary Traub (Oregon State) 14-7
lost to Jayden Woodruff (Utah Valley) 10-0