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Rounding the Mats with Nick Knowles

November 17, 2009
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Liberty's Nick Knowles

Liberty's Nick Knowles

Nick Knowles has been a versatile addition to Liberty's wrestling lineup since the Westminster, Calif., joined head coach Jesse Castro's squad two seasons ago. He has wrestled at three different weight classes, ranging from 174 up to 197 pounds.

Knowles, a high school All-American at 160 pounds, has captured 18 victories for the Flames over his two years with the program, with nine of those wins coming in dual matches.

Last season, Knowles predominately wrestled at 174 pounds, nearly posting an even record (7-8). Spotlighting his season accomplishments was a 2-1 record at the prestigious Hoosier Duals, including his first collegiate major decision in a 14-2 victory over South Dakota State's Kevin Kelly.

Knowles will once again be vying for time on the mat this season at 174 pounds, with his main competition coming from redshirt sophomore Brad Clark.

Nick Knowles
Jr., 5-9
174/184 pounds
Westminster, Calif.
Calvary Chapel High School

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What is your favorite Bible verse?
Philippines 4:13, because it has always been my favorite Bible verse

What was the top movie you saw this past year - old or new movies?
High School Musical 3

What is your favorite snack food?

In your opinion, why should a fan come see a Liberty wrestling home dual/event this season?
We are still a young team that is improving daily, as we try to get closer to the level we want to remain at.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what five items would you want to have with you?
My Bible, my iPod, my guitar, sunglasses and tanning oil

Which member of the coaching staff/administrative staff has been the most helpful for you during your time at Liberty and how?
Coach Jesse Castro, because he has been a father figure to me, both in my athletic and spiritual life

What is one thing you would like to accomplish within the first five years after graduating from Liberty?
I want to read through the entire Bible.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Oahu, Hawaii

If you could choose a personal vehicle that best fits your personality, what would it be?
El Camino

What was your favorite television shows growing up as a child?
Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

What is your favorite memory from your high school days?
I came back after a first-round loss at the Reno Tournament of Champions and placed third at my next event, which showed that I still had a lot of heart.

Who do you admire most in life and what unique characteristics do you admire about that person?
My dad, Brock Knowles, because he is a hard working man and the type of father who would do anything for his children.

When someone looks back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?
I would want them to remember me as a great leader, because we are all called to be great leaders at one point in time.

If you could go back and speak at your high school for 10 minutes, what would your speech be about?
I would tell them they need to let God take control of their lives, including school, athletics, relationships, decision, etc. We tend to hold back so much from Him and His will is always perfect.

What is the one thing you have already learned at Liberty or hope to learn before you graduate that you feel best prepares you for life after college?
I still want to gain more knowledge and understanding through God's word.

If you are stuck inside all day because of the weather, what activity best fills your time?
I would drink hot chocolate and watch a movie with a big blanket.

After the season is complete, what is one thing you hope you can say about your personal development as a player that has taken place this year?
I want to be the most athletic and sharp-minded wrestler that I can possibly be.

I came to Liberty because …
I knew it would be the best place for me to grow as a young man and prepare myself for life.

A word that describes me on the athletic field is …
Rough, I have a very "in-your-face" style of wrestling.

Name three athletes who participate in your sport (both past and present) who you would like to compete against and list why you would like to compete against them.
Jake Herbert, Buvaisar Saitiev and Mark Perry, because I would love to compete against the best wrestlers in the United States and the world.

What sets wrestling apart as a sport and makes it appealing to you?
It is unmatched from any other type of sport. Your success is not based upon your teammates performances, as you do not rely on anyone else, but the hard work you've put into the match and your desire to be your best.