Flames take second at MTSU Duals, continue strong season
December 1, 2012 | Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Liberty University wrestling team brought home a second place trophy from the Middle Tennessee State Annual Dual Meet Tournament after losing a close final match to Cumberland University (Ky.) on Dec. 1.
Mark Busse, a 165-pound senior, won all four of his matches for the Flames, including two overtime wins in key matchups. One of the overtime wins was over nationally ranked opponent Everett Colbert of MTSU, who was ranked No. 4 in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association.
Freshman Peter Tatanish (141 lbs.) posted a 10-4 win over Jake Williams, the No. 3 wrestler (133 lbs.) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics preseason rankings. Tatanish finished the tournament 4-0.
Aaron Thompson (197 lbs.) and Andrew Wilson (285 lbs.) also finished with 4-0 records in the tournament.
The Flames outscored Tennessee Temple 58-12, Southern Virginia University 24-18, and MTSU 23-19. Cumberland edged out the Flames 19-18 to take the tournament crown. Liberty is now 5-2 on the season.
On Nov. 17 the Flames participated in the Jon Parisi Open in St. Charles, Mo., facing tough competitors in an NCAA Division I tournament which featured three of the nation's top 10 programs: the University of Iowa, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Missouri.
Thompson recorded a win over an Oklahoma State wrestler making him one of only a few wrestlers in program history to post a win against the Cowboys. He finised with a 3-2 record.
Keyshaun Ward (174 lbs.) and Miguel Rodriguez (157 lbs.) also finished 3-2 for the Flames and Wilson posted a 4-2 record in the tournament.
Earlier in November Liberty had two finalists and a top six finisher in the Fall Brawl at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.
The Fall Brawl is an NCAA Division I, II, and III tournament and gives wrestlers plenty of competition with an average of 32 competitors in each bracket.
Busse placed in the top six and had a 4-2 record.
Liberty will take to the mats once again in Buena Vista, Va., Saturday, for the Southern Virginia Open beginning at 9 a.m.