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Six Flames wrestlers advance to finals at Messiah Open

February 8, 2020  |  Grantham, Pa. 

Senior Sam Karel finished 3-1 at 184 pounds before losing his final match by medical forfeit. (Photo by Luke Bobbey) test test test test
Senior Sam Karel finished 3-1 at 184 pounds before losing his final match by medical forfeit. (Photo by Luke Bobbey)

Before preparing for the grind of the NCWA postseason later this month, Liberty University's men's wrestling team sent a select 11-man squad to Saturday's Messiah Open in Grantham, Pa. There, the Flames had two champions and four runners-up in four weight classes of close to 20 competitors.

At 197 pounds, graduate Austin Amos, a two-time defending NCWA Grand National champion, finished 4-0, winning his championship final over freshman teammate Blake Barrick by forfeit.

Similarly, sophomore David Cox won the 165-pound weight class, finishing 4-0 including a forfeit win over Flames junior Joe Scott in the championship match.

At 184 pounds, Liberty senior defending national champion Sam Karel went 3-1 and lost his final match by medical forfeit. Then, at 285 pounds, junior Jeff Allen, another reigning national champion at 235, finished 3-1 after losing his title bout by decision.

Freshman 157-pound wrestler David Over also finished fifth and senior 174-pounder Cody Richmond came in seventh on the day while three sophomores — Ian McIlhenny (149), Jesse Redding (184), and Sean Gillespie (197) — also competed but did not place.

After hosting a final dual meet against Coker (S.C.) on Feb. 21, Liberty will challenges for its ninth consecutive Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament title on its home mats at the LaHaye Multipurpose Center on Feb. 29 before concluding its season at the March 12-14 NCWA Grand National Championships in Allen, Texas, where it will vie for a fourth crown in six years,

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Mar 12
Men's Wrestling
at NCWA Grand Nationals
1st place finish

Feb 29
Men's Wrestling
vs. Mid Atlantic Conference
1st place finish

Feb 21
Men's Wrestling
vs. Coker College
1st place finish

Feb 8
Men's Wrestling
at Messiah Open
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Jan 25
Men's Wrestling
vs. NCWA National Duals
1st place finish

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