LAS VEGAS, Nev. (GoThunderWolves.com - Dec. 6, 2013) - CSU-Pueblo heavyweight Niko Bogojevic (Jr., Superior, Wisc.) was the lone ThunderWolf still alive after one day of competition at the Cliff Keen Invitational, one of the most competitive Division I tournaments in the nation, in Las Vegas.
Bogojevic, despite losing in the first round to Boise State's J.T. Felix, who entered the tournament as the sixth-ranked Division I heavyweight in the nation, Bogojevic came back to rattle off two wins.
In his next match, Bogojevic defeated Iowa State's Gerald Johnson in dominant fashion, winning in a 9-0 major decision. He moved on to face Purdue's Alex White, claiming a 7-5 decision. Entering Saturday, Bogojevic is just two more wins away from clinching at least an 8th place finish in the nationally-respected tournament.
Bogojevic would lose in the consolation quarterfinals, however, bowing out of the tournament with a 2-2 record.
While CSU-Pueblo didn't fare well otherwise in the elite Division I tournament, with only one other wrestler earning a win.
At 125 pounds, Eric Hughes (Jr., Bolivar, Mo.), who entered the tournament nationally-ranked at his weight, and won a match over The Citadel's Joaquin Marquez in a 10-7 decision in the consolation bracket. Hughes would later get eliminated by Purdue's Camden Eppert, the 20th-ranked Division I 125-pounder in the nation. He also previously lost to another nationally-ranked wrestler, Air Force's Josh Martinez, the ninth-ranked Division I 125-pounder in the nation.