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Flames Take Home Two Wins at Hoosier Duals

November 29, 2008
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Christian Smith was one of two Liberty wrestlers to post a 4-1 record on the day at the Hoosier Duals.

Christian Smith was one of two Liberty wrestlers to post a 4-1 record on the day at the Hoosier Duals.

The chance for Liberty to come out with an overall winning record on the day came down to the last bout of the afternoon, but a decision at heavyweight kept the Flames to claiming their third victory of the day at the Hoosier Duals, hosted by Indiana, at Assembly Hall.

The Flames finished the day with a 2-3 record, picking up a 30-6 victory over Cumberland, Liberty's second straight victory over the program in two years, followed by a 25-21 win over South Dakota State. Following the results from the day, Liberty's dual match record stands at 4-3 on the 2008-09 season.

No. 18 Indiana finished the day with a perfect 5-0 record, followed closely by Rutgers 4-1 mark. Ohio finished third in the team standings for the all-day event with a 2-2-1 record, while South Dakota State (1-3-1) and Cumberland (0-5) rounded out the five-team field.

The Flames opened the day with a solid showing on Mat 3, when Liberty took three out of the first four bouts against Rutgers. Joe Pantaleo and Christian Smith blanked their first two opponents, 3-0 and 4-0, respectively, to give Liberty a 6-0 lead.

The Scarlett Knights quickly answered back, when David Greenwald pinned Frankie Gayeski 2:02 in the match-up at 141 pounds, knotting the overall bout at 6-6. A win by Tim Harner at 149 pounds with a 3-2 decision over David Seidenberg allowed the Flames to surge back into the lead, 9-6.

However, Rutgers reeled off six straight victories on a major decision and five decisions to open the day with a 25-9 victory over the Flames.

Moving over to Mat 1, the Flames once again opened with victories by Pantaleo and Smith, quickly giving the Flames a 9-0 edge over Cumberland. Pantaleo won in a 6-2 decision over Larone Madison, while Smith pinned Travis Sullivan in the first (2:30) to give the Flames the early sizeable lead.

Tim Mitchem got Cumberland on the scoreboard, picking up a 6-2 decision over Joey Montgomery at 141 pounds. However, the four-point decision would prove to be one of only two victories for the Bulldogs, as Liberty won six out of the last seven match-ups to post the 30-6 win over Cumberland.

The first five victories in the Flames' run were by decision, while Josh Pelletier picked up his first win by fall this season, pinning Jaron Singley 63 seconds into the bout. The two squads squared off at the same event last year, with Liberty walking away with a 21-16 victory.

Liberty's lighter weight classes continued to roll, as the Flames moved back to Mat 3 to take on South Dakota State. Pantaleo opened with an 11-4 decision over Alan Marvin, for his third victory on the day, followed by a forfeit victory for Smith.

Dustin Walraven moved the Jackrabbits back within three points, 9-6, when he pinned Montgomery midway through the final period.

The Flames quickly responded with back-to-back wins by fall, as Zach McCray pinned Nick Flynn at 149 pounds (4:54), followed by Julian Colon's first-period pin (2:37) to open up a 21-6 margin for Liberty.

South Dakota State tried to get back into the dual, taking four out of the next five bouts. However, Nick Knowles' major decision at 174 pounds, 14-2, over Kevin Kelly was enough to secure the 25-21 victory for the Flames.

Moving over to Mat 2, the Flames squared off against host Indiana, with the Hoosiers taking all but one match-up. Indiana won seven of the nine by decision, while claiming its last two wins by major decision at 165 and 197 pounds.

The Flames lone victory in the match-up with the Hoosiers was an upset, as Patrick Walker claimed a narrow 4-3 decision over Nate Everhart, Indiana's No. 15 ranked heavyweight.

The final dual of the day was a back-and-forth battle from the start, opening with Liberty taking the 125 and 133 match-ups. The combination of Pantaleo and Smith gave the Flames another 6-0 lead with consecutive victories.

Pantaleo moved to 4-1 on the day with a 10-2 major decision over Tim Silvers, followed by a 5-0 blanking by Smith over Quentin Keyes.

The Bobcats got on the scoreboard with a major decision by Seth Morton over Gayeski, beginning a stretch where Ohio claimed four out of five bouts to pull ahead four points in the dual, 14-10.

Chris Daggett, ranked No. 16 at 184 pounds, pulled the Flames back within one with a 9-2 decision over Nick Purdue, while Andrew Wilson allowed Liberty to recapture the lead with a 3-1 decision victory over Christopher Iammarino.

However, the back-and-forth battle swung one more time, allowing the Bobcats to take the lead when it mattered most, as Andy Hartshorn claimed a 4-1 victory over Walker at heavyweight, allowing Ohio to take the dual by one point, 17-16.

The Flames will return to action next weekend when they send a split squad to Pennsylvania for two different tournaments. Part of Liberty's grappler will travel to York, Pa., to participate in the Spartan Invitational on Saturday, while the remainder of the squad will head to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday.