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Liberty wrestlers win three of four Southeast Duals in Salem

November 16, 2019  |  Salem, Va. 

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Liberty University's men's wrestling team competed against four of the 11 mostly NCAA Division III programs represented at Saturday's Southeast Duals, hosted by Ferrum College at the Salem Civic Center.

The Flames finished 3-1 on the day, dominating the three schools they beat — Southwest Virginia Community College (53-6), Huntingdon (Ala., 40-12), and Southern Virginia (41-6). Their only loss came against Otterbein (Ohio) University, by a 28-13 count.

"We want to beat every single team we wrestle and we fell short of that goal today," Liberty Assistant Coach Chris Williamson said, noting that the Flames forfeited at 133 pounds. "The three matches that we won, we didn't lose any individual matches, so we essentially went undefeated. That's pretty crazy, unusual for sure."

Six of the Flames' nine wrestlers went 3-1, including senior 165-pounder Joe Scott, junior 184-pounder Sam Karel, and junior heavyweight Jeff Allen, who each recorded two pins.

The other three went undefeated — freshman Tristan Walls was 3-0 at 125 pounds and both senior 149-pounder Michael Gowen and graduate 197-pounder Austin Amos finished 4-0.

Walls didn't wrestle his fourth match due to injury after winning his first two matches by fall and his third by forfeit.

"It was very refreshing to start off our duals with six points, rather than down six points as we did last year," Williamson said, noting that the Flames forfeited the 125-pound weight class last season. "Now, we're starting off on a high note with Tristan getting pins, which is awesome."

Gowen won his first match by forfeit and his final three by decision, the last by major decision.

"Michael really looked like he was turning a corner today," Williamson said. "He struggled a little bit to start the season, but his mind and his body were working together today, which was really encouraging to see from him because I know he's been putting in a lot of work to get there."

Amos pinned his first opponent, won his second match by major decision, and recorded technical falls in his last two bouts.

"That was vintage Amos," Williamson said. "He was pretty much impossible to score on."

Allen's only loss came to Otterbein's Drew Kasper, the No. 1-ranked heavyweight in NCAA Division III.

A few of the same Flames will compete again in Sunday's Star City Open, with those 16 team members who did not wrestle in Saturday's duals competing in the open tournament format. Liberty is one of only two NCWA programs in Salem this weekend, with Mid-Atlantic Conference rival Apprentice School the other.

Liberty 53, Southwest Virginia Community College 6

125: Tristan Walls (L) p. Clifton Bundy, 7:00; 133: SVCC, by forfeit; 141: Charlie Hudson (L) t.f. Syed Moaz, 19-2; 149: Michael Gowen (L), by forfeit; 157: Chad Cantrell (L), by forfeit; 165: Joe Scott (L) p. James Akers, 2:57; 174: Cody Richmond (L) p. Scott Everding, 2:51; 184: Sam Karel (L) p. Arcion Kapuy, 1:15; 197: Austin Amos (L) p. Gunnar Jesse, 1:33; 285: Jeff Allen (L) p. Vernon Whitecotton, 0:32.

Otterbein (Ohio) 28, Liberty 13

125: Walls (L) p. Chase Nelson, 2:49; 133: Otterbein, by forfeit; 141: Santino Disabato (O) d. Hudson, 10-6; 149: Gowen (L) d. Jacob Williams, 9-6; 157: Ryan Whitten (O) d. Cantrell, 3-1; 165: Willie Plaisir (O) p. Scott, 6:36; 174: Danny Didion (O) d. Richmond, 7-2; 184: Corbin Bunsold (O) m.d. Karel, 17-4; 197: Amos (L) m.d. Jarrod Setliff, 13-3; 285: Drew Kasper (O) d. Allen, 8-1.

Liberty 40, Huntingdon (Ala.) 12

125: Huntingdon, by forfeit; 133: Huntingdon, by forfeit; 141: Hudson (L) d. Jacob Smith, 9-2; 149: Gowen (L) d. Quintez Pearson, 7-4; 157: Cantrell (L) p. Kaleb Fontenot, 6:56; 165: Scott (L) p. Jayson Spencer, 0:44; 174: Richmond (L) p. Kale Smith, 1:59; 184: Karel (L) p. Marc Hirsh, 0:55; 197: Amos (L) t.f. Jack Hawry, 19-1; 285: Allen (L) p. Joseph Pearson, 0:50.

Liberty 41, Southern Virginia 6

125: Walls (L), by forfeit; 133: SVA, by forfeit; 141: Hudson (L) d. Carlos Duran, 4-1; 149: Gowen (L) m.d. Nic Korhonnen, 15-7, 157: Cantrell (L) p. Austin Mills, 0:47; 165: Scott (L) m.d. Matt Mangas, 15-4; 174: Richmond (L) p. Eddy Guzman, 1:39; 184: Karel (L) m.d. Cole Oldham, 12-3; 197: Amos (L) t.f. Quigley Whitaker, 19-1; 285: Allen (L) d. Nico Ramirez, 10-3.


By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

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