Flames wrestlers finish 1-1 on opening day of Virginia Duals
January 11, 2019 | Hampton, Va.
Competing in the 39th annual Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum, Liberty University's men's wrestling team was knocked to the consolation bracket of the American College division with a 26-16 loss to Long Island University Post in the first round before bouncing back to beat Greensboro, 34-12 in the consolation quarterfinals on Friday.
Wrestling without a 133-pounder put the Flames in an early 10-0 hole against Long Island and they dug themselves into an 18-0 deficit with back-to-back losses at 141 and 149 pounds. Sophomore 157-pounder Andrew Burgette ended the drought with a 10-2 major decision over Eduardo Ramirez before junior Luke Ely scored a 6-2 decision over Kenneth Cooper to pull back within 18-7. But consecutive major decisions at 174 and 184 clinched the team win for LIUP before senior captains Austin Amos' 7-3 decision over Mark Malico at 197 and Dominick Johnson's pin of Timothy Nagosky narrowed the final score.
Trailing Greensboro 12-6 after trading forfeits and dropping two decisions, Burgette got the Flames going in the first consolation match with a 10-8 decision over Conan Wilson. Eli followed with a 4-2 win over Quaevon Cannon before Liberty clinched the team victory with three straight pins by Karel, senior 184-pounder Josh McIlhenny, and Amos. Sophomore Jeffrey Allen capped the 22-point team triumph with a 15-4 major decision over Vince Wilson.
Action will resume on Saturday with the Flames competing in the consolation semifinals against the Apprentice School, the only other NCWA program in the eight-team bracket. With a win, they would advance to the consolation final and duel the winner between Alderson Broaddus and Long Island for third place. LIUP lost its championship semifinal match to Ferrum, 24-21.
The complete tournament bracket and individual and team results are available online.
Long Island Post 26, Liberty 16
125: Brandon Mercado (LIP) m.d. Jeffrey Lester (Liberty), 14-2
133: Jacob Zuller (LIP) by forfeit
141: Joseph Calderone (LIP) t.f. Charles Hudson (Liberty), 15-0
149: Chris Gomez (LIP) d. Chad Cantrell (Liberty), 6-4
157: Andrew Burgette (Liberty) m.d. Eduardo Ramirez (LIP), 10-2
165: Luke Ely (Liberty) d. Kenneth Cooper (LIP), 6-2
174: Dan Arkow (LIP) m.d. Sam Karel (Liberty), 12-4
184: James Langan (LIP) m.d. Josh McIlhenny (Liberty), 8-0
197: Austin Amos (Liberty) d. Mark Malico (LIP), 7-3
285: Dominick Johnson (Liberty) p. Timothy Nagosky (LIP), 6:21
Liberty 34, Greensboro 12
125: Lester (Liberty) by forfeit
133: Joey Ferigne (Greensboro) by forfeit
141: Paul Bauberger (Greensboro) d. Hudson (Liberty), 12-5
149: Hai Siu (Greensboro) d. Cantrell (Liberty), 9-6
157: Burgette (Liberty) d. Conan Wilson (Greensboro), 10-8
165: Ely (Liberty) d. Quaevon Cannon (Greensboro), 4-2
174 : Karel (Liberty) p. Tyron Dudley (Greensboro), 4:05
184: McIlhenny (Liberty) p. Anthony Clavijo (Greensboro), 2:56
197: Amos (Liberty) p. Carlos Ortega (Greensboro), 1:34
285: Jeffrey Allen (Liberty) m.d. Vince Wilson (Greensboro), 15-4