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Men's wrestlers build on lead; Manley sisters both in finals

March 15, 2019  |  Allen, Texas 

Flames senior Austin Amos will get a rematch of his 197-pound MAC Tournament title match in the NCWA Grand National finals. (Photo by Joel Isimeme) test test test test
Flames senior Austin Amos will get a rematch of his 197-pound MAC Tournament title match in the NCWA Grand National finals. (Photo by Joel Isimeme)

On Day 2 of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Grand National Championships, Liberty University's reigning national champion men's team advanced five wrestlers to Saturday night's finals and expanded its lead over returning runner-up Apprentice to 16.5 (159.5-143), Friday at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. The Flames also have six wrestlers still competing in the consolation brackets and hold a sizeable lead on Central Florida and Mott Community College, who are tied for third with 103 points.

In the women's bracket, Liberty top-seeded junior Cendall Manley, the two-time defending 170-pound national champion, took just 52 seconds to put away her quarterfinal opponent, UCLA's Isabel Dobrev, by fall, setting up a semifinal match against Dixie State's fourth-seeded Amaiyah Miller. She needed 54 seconds to pin Miller, advancing to Saturday's championship final against North Texas' third-seeded Genesis Simpson.

Manley's older sister Charisse (a first-year graduate student), the No. 1 seed in the 143-pound weight class, claimed an 8-2 decision over Florida State's fourth-seeded Jazlyn Villalona in her semifinal match. She will face Richlands' third-seeded Christina Ellis in the championship final.

In Friday's men's championship quarterfinals, Liberty 157-pound junior Andrew Burgette, seeded third, needed just 1 minute, 22 seconds to record an 18-0 technical fall over Ohio State World Campus' Al Caserta. He then earned a 15-7 major decision over JMU's 15th-seeded Calvin Kopstein in the semifinals to advance to the championship bout against Apprentice's fourth-seeded Chad Simmons.

Flames junior Sam Karel, seeded third at 174 pounds, edged UCF's fifth-seeded Ethan Ahrens by a 14-11 decision to advance to a semifinal against Springfield Tech Community College's second-seeded Jacob Berry. Karel earned an 8-7 decision to advance to Saturday's final against Toledo's fourth-seeded Major Moore.

Liberty's heavyweights strengthened the Flames' hold on first place, starting with second-seeded senior Austin Amos, who won his 197-pound quarterfinal by 7-3 decision over Ohio State WC's seventh-seeded Kyle Slade before scoring a 5-2 decision over Penn State WC's sixth-seeded Deontay Wadley in the semifinals to set up a rematch of his MAC Tournament final loss to Apprentice's top-seeded Ross Graham.

Flames sophomore Jeffrey Allen prevailed by 11-3 major decision in his 235-pound quarterfinal showdown with Pacific Lutheran's ninth-seeded Travis Mitchell, sending him to a semifinal match with Grays Harbor's fourth-seeded Octavio Alejandre. Allen emerged with a 10-4 decision, putting him in the championship final against Tampa's second-seeded William Farparan.

At heavyweight, Flames senior Dominick Johnson won a 2-1 decision in his championship quarterfinal match against STCC's Chaasadyah St. Phard, setting up a semifinal against UNLV's second-seeded Jordan Karst. In that bout, Johnson, a two-time All-American, overcame an early 2-0 deficit to pull out a 5-4 decision and advance to his first championship final, where he will face UCF's top-seeded Jesse Gaudin.

In the 235-pound consolation bracket, Flames graduate David Smith, seeded 15th, advanced through the round of 16 with an 8-2 decision over Maine's 16th-seeded Reagan Billingsley before upsetting UNLV's 10th-seeded Lord O'Roke by 9-7 decision. That put him in a consolation quarterfinal match against Treasure Valley Community College's Dylan Feldmeier.

Liberty sophomore 149-pounder Chad Cantrell, seeded fourth, scored a 6-1 decision over Florida Gulf Coast's Nicholas Carlson to set up a semifinal showdown with Toledo's Zach Blevins. Cantrell gave the top-seeded Blevins a battle before dropping 8-6 decision, sending him to the consolation semifinals.

At 165, Liberty junior Luke Ely earned a 12-1 major decision over Tampa's Aaron Senne before losing a 4-1 decision to Mott Community College's second-seeded Jerrod Mullins in the semifinals to fall to the consolation semifinals.

Liberty 184-pound senior Josh McIlhenny, a No. 2 seed, was upset by FGCU's seventh-seeded Jabari Irons, by 5-3 decision in the championship quarterfinals, sending him to a consolation quarterfinal match against Schreiner's 16th-seeded Brett Barefoot, who he defeated by technical fall, 21-4.

Complete results are available online through Flowrestling.org, which is also streaming matches live.

Schedule
Results
Cycling
at Maryland Conference Champion
Apr 8, 9:00 AM - CANCELLED

Men's Volleyball
at NCVF National Championships
Apr 9, 8:00 AM - CANCELLED

Men's Swimming
at Nationals
Apr 11, 8:00 AM - CANCELLED

Crew
at Clemson Sprints
Apr 11, 9:00 AM - CANCELLED

Gymnastics
at NAIGC National Championship
Apr 15, 7:00 PM - CANCELLED

Full Schedule

May 21
Crew
at Nationals
CANCELLED

May 4
Men's Lacrosse
at MCLA Nationals
CANCELLED

Apr 25
Figure Skating
vs. Praisefest
CANCELLED

Apr 25
Archery
at USA Archery 2020 East Region Outdoor Collegiate Ch
CANCELLED

Apr 24
Men's Lacrosse
at SELC Playoffs
CANCELLED

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