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Rounding the Mats with David Ziegler

December 9, 2009
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Liberty's David Ziegler

Liberty's David Ziegler

David Ziegler is in his first year with the program and the transfer has already started to have an impact, as he is the Flames' leading grappler at 184 pounds through the month of November.

Head coach Jesse Castro has sent the Myerstown, Pa., native out onto the mats during two different events during the 2009-10 season and he has responded by posting an even 5-5 record.

At the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Tournament, Ziegler claimed victory during three of his five bouts, including a pair of decisions and a major decision win.

Ziegler was one of 11 Flames to place at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa., helping the squad capture the team title. At the event hosted by No. 24 Penn, the junior picked up a pair of major decision wins, including a 12-4 win over Harrison Coke of the host school, en route to a sixth-place finish.

Ziegler seems to like high-scoring bouts, as five of his 10 matchups in a Liberty singlet have ended in a major decision. Overall, he is one of 12 Liberty Flames to have posted five or more wins early in the season.

Ziegler, who transferred to Liberty from Slippery Rock, is one of two graduates from Eastern Lebanon County High School on Liberty's 2009-10 roster (as well as Brandon Lawrence).

While at Eastern Lebanon County, he posted a four-year career mark of 163-21 (88.6 winning percentage), where he was a two-time state qualifier and placed fifth at the PIAA state championships as a senior.

David Ziegler
Jr., 5-7
184 pounds
Myerstown, Pa.
Eastern Lebanon County High School
Click here to view his full bio

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Philippians 4:13

What are you favorite snack foods?

In your opinion, why should a fan come see a Liberty wrestling home dual/event this season?
We are a dynamic team and we show great dedication.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what five items would you want to have with you?
A knife, gun, blanket, fishing pole and matches

Which member of the coaching staff/administrative staff has been the most helpful for you during your time at Liberty?
Head coach Jesse Castro

What is one thing you would like to accomplish within the first five years after graduating from Liberty?
I want to find a good job that I am at peace with and really enjoy.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I would want to live in the Amazon, because of the amazing animals that live there.

If you could choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
"Eye of the Tiger"

If you could choose a personal vehicle that best fits your personality, what would it be and why?
An International CXT

What was your favorite television show growing up as a child?
Tom and Jerry

What is your favorite memory from your high school days?
It would have to be Homecoming 2007, as I was voted King by my peers.

Who do you admire most in life and what unique characteristics do you admire about that person?
My grandfather, who has passed away, because he loved to live life.

When someone looks back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?
I would want to be remembered with a smile, because I made some positive impact somewhere.

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 stay focused and how much fun life can be if you stay on course.

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 would like to know the Bible better and have a greater understanding of it, first and foremost.

If you are stuck inside all day because of the weather, what activity best fills your time?
Playing cards and sleeping

After the season is complete, what is one thing you hope you can say about your personal development as a wrestler that has taken place this year?
I want to be able to say that I was consistent and true to my word.

I came to Liberty because …
They had so much to offer spiritually.

Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
Timid and animal … I'm usually calm and relaxed, but when the time comes, I can definitely turn it up.

What is one thing that is unique about you or sets you apart from others?
I am caring and that I treat people equally no matter what.

What sets wrestling apart as a sport and makes it appealing to you?
Wrestling is two people putting their hearts on the mat at the same time. Only one will walk away complete. The other will train with extreme distaste and vigor, trying to overcome what they have lost.

Previous Rounding the Mat Segments: 
Nick Knowles – Nov. 17
Logan Crawford - Nov. 19
Scott Clymer - Nov. 24
Justin Smith - Dec. 1