Flames round up Blue Colts in first dual meet of season
December 8, 2013 | Colonial Heights, Va.
Liberty University's wrestling team traveled with 10 of its top competitors through a wintry mix of weather conditions to Colonial Heights High School, south of Richmond, on Sunday to open its dual meet schedule against Middlesex (N.J.) Community College.
The Flames won two matches by forfeit and recorded two technical falls and five major decisions in the lopsided 41-3 victory over the Blue Colts.
Returning NCWA national runner-up and 2012 champion Aaron Thompson got his first action of the season after recovering from a knee injury, notching a 13-2 major decision over Middlesex's Mike Vettori at 197 pounds.
At 174, Flames junior Keyshaun Ward scored multiple takedowns and back points against Angelo D'Agostino, posting a 21-6 tech fall triumph.
Freshman Ryan Diehl, who had captured Liberty's only individual championship at last month's Fall Brawl, dominated Middlesex's Deshaun Hazul at 133 pounds, winning by tech fall in just 2 minutes, 36 seconds.
Three other freshmen scored major decisions for the Flames: Tim Nordan opened the match by shutting out Anthony Spaziani, 13-0 at 125; Ike Podell blanked Kyle Jensen, 11-0 at 141; and Josh Ferenczy outscored Taylor Black, 15-4 at 165.
Also for Liberty, sophomore Peter Tatanish defeated Gavin Pejakovich by 17-4 major decision at 149 and 157-pounder junior Chase Boontjer and sophomore heavyweight Josh Travers won by forfeit. Freshman Matt Reynolds suffered the only setback, losing his 184-pound match to Kurtis Hewitt, 5-3 in overtime.
Due to the weather forecast, Ferrum College, which had competed with a less select group of Flames at Saturday's Turkey Bowl hosted by Southern Virginia University, dropped out of what was originally scheduled to be a tri-match.
Liberty next competes at the Citrus Classic Invitational, Dec. 29-30 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.