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Flames and Wolfpack Wrestle to 18-18 Draw
With the stalemate, Liberty's record moves to 3-5-1 on the season and N.C. State's to 5-5-1 on the year. The draw keeps the Flames, who finished the evening claiming victory in six out of 10 matches, unbeaten at home under head coach Jesse Castro, as Liberty was a perfect 5-0 at home last year on Liberty Mountain.
Opening the dual at 165 pounds, Liberty's Chad Porter got the Flames on the scoreboard early with a 9-5 decision. Tied at 5-5 entering the third, Porter scored an early escape and a two-point takedown during the final period, to go along with riding time to take the match.
At 174 pounds, N.C. State's Randy Goodman used a two-point takedown in the first period to take an early lead, before the Flames' Aaron Kelley used five back points and riding time in the third to extend Liberty's lead to 6-0 with a 6-2 decision.
The Wolfpack got on the scoreboard during the evening's third match-up. Ryan Goodman posted nine points in the second period, thanks to five back points, against Liberty's Kyle Walters at 184 pounds. Goodman finished off the match in the third with a technical fall at 6:34 (16-1), trimming the Flames' advantage to 6-5.
The 197-pound match was quiet until late in third, when both Liberty's Patrick Hogan and N.C. State's Mark Jahad scored a pair of points each to knot the dual at 4-4 after seven minutes. However, Hogan pushed Liberty's lead to 9-5 in the dual with a two-point takedown in overtime for the 6-4 decision win.
At heavyweight, Flames' team captain Patrick Walker scored five points in the first and four more in the third, en route to a 10-4 decision win over the Wolfpack's Bobby Isola, extending Liberty's lead to 12-5 in the dual.
Defending ACC champion Taylor Cummings controlled his match-up with the Flames' Sean Katz at 125 pounds from the opening whistle, scoring a 10-0 major decision win for N.C. State to cut Liberty's advantage to 12-9.
The Wolfpack tied the match at 12-12 with its second-straight victory, this time at 133 pounds. N.C. State's Darius Little used three takedowns and an escape to pick up a 7-3 decision over Liberty's T.J. Mitchell.
The Flames regained the lead in the match with a victory at 141 pounds in a low-scoring affair. Liberty's Collin Lewis scored a second-period escape and a third-period takedown to hold off a pesky Joe Langholtz for a 3-2 decision.
At 149 pounds, the Wolfpack sent its top grappler to the mat in Darrion Caldwell, who came into the week ranked No. 9 in the latest USA Today/InterMat/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. The sophomore didn't disappoint head coach Carter Jordan put N.C. State on top in the dual, 18-15, with a win by fall (5:35) over Liberty's Scottie Clymer.
In the final match-up of the evening, Liberty's Shaun Smith used a first-period takedown and a pair of escape points to end the dual in the 18-18 draw with a 4-1 decision over Anthony Badaracco at 157 pounds.
The Flames return to the mats next weekend when they travel to Ashland, Ohio, to participate in the Wendy's Big Classic Duals, hosted by Ashland University on Sunday.
Liberty 18, N.C. State 18
125 – Taylor Cummings (NCST) major dec. Sean Katz (LU), 10-0 – LU 12-9
133 – Darius Little (NCST) dec. T.J. Mitchell (LU) – 7-3 – Tied 12-12
141 – Collin Lewis (LU) dec. Joe Langholtz (NCST) – 3-2 – LU 15-12
149 – No. 9 Darrion Caldwell (NCST) fall Scottie Clymer (LU) – 5:35 – NCST – 18-15
157 – Shaun Smith (LU) dec. Anthony Badaracco (NCST) – 4-1 – Tied 18-18
* 165 – Chad Porter (LU) dec. Jalil Dozier (NCST), 9-5 – LU 3-0
174 – Aaron Kelley (LU) dec. Randy Goodman (NCST), 6-2 – LU 6-0
184 – Ryan Goodman (NCST) tech. fall Kyle Walters (LU) – 16-1 (6:34) – LU 6-5
197 – Patrick Hogan (LU) dec. Mark Jahad (NCST) – 6-4 (SV) – LU 9-5
HWT – Patrick Walker (LU) dec. Bobby Isola (NCST), 10-4 – LU 12-5
* - Starting weight class
Team Dual Meet Records:
N.C. State (5-5-1)