Lady Flames wrestlers test waters against Tiffin and Ferrum
December 1, 2018 | Ferrum, Va.
Competing in its first regular-season tri-match, Liberty University's women's wrestling team was swept by Tiffin (Ohio) University and host Ferrum College on Saturday.
The Lady Flames' second-year program, which has a roster of six wrestlers, forfeited five of the 10 weight classes in losing to the host Panthers, 40-10, and to visiting Tiffin, 31-7.
"They both had complete teams," Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro said. "I was impressed. We had three girls that were competitive, and got waxed in the other weight classes, though we had some pretty good hard-fought matches."
Junior two-time defending NCWA women's national champion Cendall Manley won both of her 170-pound matches and her older sister, graduate student Charisse Manley, went 1-1 to highlight Liberty's performances.
Against Ferrum, Charisse Manley pinned Shanon Proa in 2 minutes, 29 seconds at 143 pounds and Cendall Manley pinned her 170-pound opponent Morganne Flinkstrom in 5:36 after teammates Jayla Ware (109 pounds) and Natalie Holland (155) lost their matches by first- and second-period falls, respectively.
Cendall Manley later defeated Tiffin's Jannie Renderos, who had pinned Ferrum's Flinkstrom.
Liberty's men's wrestling team will travel to Southern Virginia University on Saturday for a quad-match against the NCAA Division III host Knights as well as NCAA Division II West Virginia Tech and Bluefield College, an NAIA program. That will be the last competition of the semester for either team before the men travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to compete in the Citrus Classic on Dec. 29-30.