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Flames Place Seventh at Brockport Tournament
No. 18 Oklahoma, who co-hosts the event along with Brockport, narrowly edged out No. 3 Ohio State to capture the team title, as the Sooners finished with 144.5 points to the Buckeyes' 144 points.
Rutgers finished third with 120.5 points, while No. 12 Edinboro rounded out the top four programs in the eight-team field with 110 points. During its second showing at the event, the Flames repeated with a seventh-place finish, as Liberty scored 37.5 points.
Helping spur the Flames to a seventh-place finish was Scott Clymer, who placed fourth at 141 pounds, and David Ziegler, who finished in sixth place at 184 pounds.
Clymer suffered a quick setback to open the day, as the redshirt sophomore fell in an 8-3 decision to No. 2 seed Zack Bailey of Oklahoma to drop to the consolation bracket.
However, the Germansville, Pa., native rebounded in dramatic fashion, opening his consolation bracket run with three-straight wins by fall.
A narrow 6-5 decision over Edinboro's Joel Webster helped Clymer advance to the third-place bout, where he eventually lost to Rutgers' Trevor Melde in a 10-6 decision. This marked the second time Clymer has placed at this event, as he opened his collegiate career with a sixth-place finish at 149 pounds in 2007.
Ziegler opened his run at 184 pounds with a 6-3 decision over homestanding Lukas Pariso, before losing by fall to top seed and No. 1 ranked Mike Pucillo of Ohio State, sending the Slippery Rock transfer into the consolation bracket.
Ziegler opened the wrestleback bracket with a pair of wins, including a 19-3 technical fall win over Army's Pat Smith. After dropping a hard-fought 6-2 decision loss to nationally ranked No. 20 Pat Bradshaw of Edinboro, Ziegler suffered a quick loss to Oklahoma's Ian Daube by fall (1:00) in the fifth-place bout.
Clymer and Ziegler were the pair of Flames with the longest runs of the day, but other Liberty grapplers left their marks on the brackets.
Sean Katz was 2-2 on the day, before suffering an injury which forced him out of the event at 133 pounds. One of his two wins was by fall, as the senior pinned Oklahoma's Nick Burnham in 33 seconds, marking the quickest win by fall of any grappler during the day-long event.
Chad Porter also finished the event with a 2-2 record as the No. 3 seed at 165 pounds. After opening with a 10-5 decision over Edinboro's Chris Hrunka, Porter suffered a tough 11-0 major decision loss to Oklahoma's Derek Peperas, who was seeded No. 6 in the tournament.
After blanking Buffalo's Kenneth Betts, 5-0, Porter, who is ranked No. 16 nationally in his weight class, saw his time at the Brockport event come to an end after a 7-1 loss to Kent State's Ross Tice.
The last remaining Flame to make a notable run during the event was Andrew Wilson at heavyweight, as the sophomore finished the day with a 3-2 record.
The Anchorage, Alaska, native opened his day with a first-period pin, dropping Brockport's John Chowspke at 1:19 into the bout, before suffering a narrow 3-1 setback to eventual second-place finisher Chris Birchler of Edinboro, who is the eighth-ranked heavyweight in the country.
The sophomore quickly rebounded in the consolation bracket, posting a pair of wins. He opened his wrestleback run with a 10-3 decision over Buffalo's Robert Ryhal, followed by a 3-1 decision over Army's Ryan Cook before bowing out of the event after a one-point decision loss, 3-2, to Ohio State's John Hiles.
By day's end, the Flames finished up their first tournament of the season, posting 18 individual victories and had two grapplers advance to placement bouts.
The Flames will have over a week off to prepare for their next event, as Liberty will be making its first-ever journey to Philadelphia, Pa., to participate in the Keystone Classic. The event, which is hosted by No. 24 Penn, will run all day on Nov. 22 at The Palestra.