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December 6, 2008
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Several of Head Coach Jesse Castro's Liberty wrestlers competed at the Spartan Invitational, Saturday.

Several of Head Coach Jesse Castro's Liberty wrestlers competed at the Spartan Invitational, Saturday.

For the third year in a row, a split squad from the Liberty University wrestling team participated at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by York College, Saturday at the Grumbacher Center.

Highlighting the day's action for the Flames was Cameron Hurd, who placed third at 133 pounds. The Liberty freshman opened the tournament with a 7-4 victory over Heidelberg's Tom D'Alessandro and advanced to the semifinals of his bracket with a 2-0 decision over Marty Harnish of Elizabethtown. Hurd then fell, 8-0, to eventual weight class champion Brandon Clemmer of Delaware Valley.

After the setback, the 133-pounder moved to the consolation bracket, where he defeated D'Alessandro for the second time in the tournament, 4-3. Hurd then captured third place with a decisive 11-0 victory over Gloucester CC's Paul Bauberger.

Liberty's Josh Duren finished fourth at 157 at the tournament. After defeating Technical College of New Jersey's (TCNJ) John Dinan, 8-1, Duran moved to the consolation bracket by dropping an 8-5 decision to Ryan Thomas of Heidelberg.

In the consolation bracket, Duren picked up a medical forfeit to advance to a match with Heidelberg's Frank Dudzik. The Liberty sophomore pinned Dudzik at 4:30 to move into the final match of the 157 consolation bracket, where he fell to Dan DiColo of TCNJ, 7-0.

Eli Sanchez of Liberty picked up two victories by fall after dropping into the consolation bracket at 165. The freshman put Apprentice's Anthony Damico's shoulder's to the mat at 1:17 in his first consolation match, before winning his next match by fall at 4:57 over Zack Marlatt of Delaware Valley. Sanchez's consolation run then came to an end in a 7-3 defeat against Delware Valley's Jake Phillips.

Sophomores Peter Crawford and Joe Montgomery also won two matches apiece. At 149, Crawford picked up a major decision over Ryan Cafaro of Glouchester CC, 18-4, in his first match in the consolation bracket. The Liberty wrestler followed the victory by edging TCNJ's Jason Burch, 4-2, before Delaware Valley Jon Giusti halted the run with a 7-5 win.

Meanwhile, Montgomery opened his tournament at 141 pounds with a victory by pin fall, just 45 seconds into his match with Bryan Deuber of host York College. After moving to the consolation bracket, he would claim his second win of the day, a 5-4 overtime decision, over Elizabethtown's Ronnie Cuff.

Liberty finished with 31 team points in the tournament to tie for ninth place. Delaware Valley captured the event with 108.5 team points. TCNJ finished second with 95 team points and Heidelberg placed third with 60 team points.

The Flames will stay in the state of Pennsylvania for another day, as Liberty travels to State College, Pa., to participate in the Penn State Open tomorrow, starting at 8:30 a.m.