Tadzhimetov's Run at Vegas Ends Early
by Clint Burgi
December 3, 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Utah Valley State wrestler Erkin
Tadzhimetov dropped his first match Saturday to
Tennessee-Chattanooga's Matt Keller 13-7 in a 133 lb.
elimination match at the Las Vegas Invitational. A win
would have put the senior from Uzbekistan into at least
one of the top 8 places depending on the remainder of the
Tadzhimetov, the 18th ranked wrestler in the nation,
suffered his only two losses of the two day prestigious
tournament to 9th ranked Robbie Preston from Harvard and
Keller, the 13th ranked wrestler in the nation.
Tadzhimetov himself is currently ranked 18th and was the
only Wolverine wrestler to stay alive after day one on
"Erkin had a great tournament," said Utah Valley coach
Cody Sanderson. "One mistake basically cost him the match
on Friday and with the competition he's faced I'm happy
for the tournament he had."
During day one several Utah Valley wrestlers had good days
on the mat, including Justin Rawle who won three matches
and Talon Vickers, who won twice. Tadzhimetov dropped his
opening match to Preston before rolling off four straight
wins to advance to Saturday.
"Overall the experience we gained and the quality of
opponents we faced will make us better wrestlers," said
Sanderson. "Wrestling against competition of this caliber
is really the best for us to improve."
The Wolverines will open their home dual season next
Saturday night against Western State at 7:00pm in the