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Flames wrestlers fizzle in dual match defeat at Ohio Valley

January 29, 2013  |  Parkersburg, W.Va. 

Liberty University's wrestling team took a shorthanded squad to Parkersburg, W.Va., on Tuesday and lost a tight dual-meet decision to Ohio Valley University, 26-23.

"I wrestled a lot of backups, no doubt about it," Flames head coach Jesse Castro said. "We didn't have (Peter) Tatanish, (Ryan or Marcus) Miller, (Royal) Brettrager, or (Aaron) Thompson, so we brought a lot of inexperience."

The Flames (10-4) scored 12 points by forfeit and managed just two decisions and one technical fall while allowing OVU to record three pins, one tech fall, and one decision.

Heavyweight Andrew Wilson, a runner-up at the NCWA national tournament last year, could have tied the match for Liberty with a fall in the final bout of the night, but Blake Lucas secured the victory for the Fighting Scots by staying off his back.

"He would have needed a pin," Castro said. "The guy was stalling, backing up, just trying to keep it close. It was a tough position for Andrew to be in, but we shouldn't have been in it in the first place."

The Fighting Scots, which feature an NCAA Division II program, improved to 2-5 in dual-meet matches.

"Kudos to them," Castro said. "They did a good job, especially after giving up two forfeits (at 125 and 165). I thought it would be competitive because we brought so many third-string kids. But I was shocked. I didn't think we were going to get pinned that many times. That was disappointing. (West Virginia was) a long way to go to get beat up."

After OVU's Jose Rodriguez scored an 18-3 technical fall over Liberty's Cary Caprio at 133 and Nick Varazashvili pinned Kent Rasmussen in the first period at 141,  Tyler Green, a two-time West Virginia state champion and NCAA Division II-ranked wrestler, held off a spirited effort by the Flames' Peter Crawford, 3-2.

At 157, Liberty's Miguel Rodriguez scored a 21-6 tech fall of Eli Stewart, a former standout at nearby Brookville High School, before Flames 174-pounder Keyshaun Ward defeated Kobina Henriques 6-3. But OVU's Nicco Niday (184) and Chase Long (197) followed with falls of Liberty's Josh Sturgill in 1:14 and Jacob Hood in 2:21, respectively, setting up the heavyweight bout.

"We train them to stay off their backs, but we train them to be on the offense, too," Castro said. "We were sitting back and waiting for things to happen and not making them happen."

Liberty travels to Laurinburg, N.C., for another dual match next Wednesday.


 By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

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