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January 8, 2010
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Liberty's Frankie Gayeski will look to lead the Flames during action at the Virginia Duals.

Liberty's Frankie Gayeski will look to lead the Flames during action at the Virginia Duals.

Liberty returns to dual wrestling action today when it opens up action at the Virginia Duals against No. 4 Oklahoma State inside the Hampton Coliseum.

For the second-straight event, LibertyFlames.com will be mat side throughout the two-day tournament, blogging live during each of the Flames' matchups.

As we have done with our online blogs in times past, please feel free to email questions or comments to twetmore@liberty.edu and as time allows, we will try to answer/address them.

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6:52 p.m. – For those who have followed us since we made our first post at 7:45 this morning, thanks for following Liberty's action at this year's Virginia Duals through our live blog. A full story from tonight's dual with Drexel will be on LibertyFlames.com later on this evening.

6:50 p.m. – While the Flames were taking on Drexel, Bucknell recorded a dominating 32-9 win over UC Davis … the Bison won eight of the first nine bouts before UC Davis scrapped back with a win by fall at heavyweight … Liberty will have its chance to tangle with Bucknell on Jan. 23, when the Flames welcome the Bison to the Vines Center for an afternoon dual on Liberty Mountain (3 p.m.), which is the next time the Flames will take to the wrestling mats, as they have the next two weeks off from action.

6:45 p.m. – 285 pounds – Liberty's Andrew Wilson vs. Drexel's Kyle Frey
Match Notes: Frey controlled the opening three minutes of action, taking a 6-1 lead thanks to two takedowns and one with two near fall points … the match score remained the same until Frey got away from Wilson in the opening seconds of the third period … the score remained the same until the last 15 seconds, when Frey scored a takedown to make his win a major decision over Wilson, 10-1.
Team Score: Drexel wins the dual 24-11

6:34 p.m. – 197 pounds – Liberty's Jacobi Johnson vs. Drexel's Jack Callender
Match Notes: Johnson opened up a 4-2 lead after three minutes, as he scored two first-period takedowns followed directly by escapes by Callender … after starting the period down, Johnson managed to escape midway through the period to widen list lead to 5-2 … Callender quickly got away from Johnson to open the third … a takedown 50 seconds later tied the match a 5-5, but Callender was able to control action the rest of the way and finished with 1:53 of riding time to help secure the bout victory for himself and the dual outcome for the Drexel
Team Score: Drexel leads 20-11

6:23 p.m. – 184 pounds – Liberty's Nick Knowles vs. Drexel's Justin Wieller
Match Notes: After several attempts, Knowles was finally able to swoop in and get a hold of Wieller right leg for a takedown with 27 seconds in the first period, giving him a 2-0 lead after three minutes of action … Wieller score the only point of the second period, as the 197-pounder, starting down at the beginning of the period, escaped within the first 10 seconds of the period … Knowles matched Wieller with a quick escape out of the down position to take a 3-1 lead and the score stood during the rest of the two minutes, as Knowles captured the two-point decision win
Team Score: Drexel leads 17-11

6:14 p.m. – 174 pounds – Liberty's Brad Clark vs. Drexel's Dave Woodall
Match Notes: Woodall tried to take Clark the mats most the first period and he was successful with one second remaining in the period to take a 2-0 lead … Woodall started down in the second and quickly reversed control and nearly pinned Clark, picking up three near fall points … Clark eventually escaped, but Woodall led 7-1 going into the final two minutes … Clark managed to score four points during the period with two escapes and a reversal, but Woodall bettered him with seven points during the two minute frame to secure the 14-5 major decision victory and widen Drexel's overall dual lead.
Team Score: Drexel leads 17-8

6:07 p.m. – 165 pounds – Liberty's Chad Porter vs. Drexel's Alex Rinaldi
Match Notes: Near the end of the first period, Porter got a hold of Rinaldi's right ankle and nearly had control of him, but the official blow the whistle as he felt the move was going to push the two grapplers out of the circle … Liberty's bench disagreed with the call and a point was awarded to Rinaldi and a team point was taken away from Liberty's overall dual score … Porter started down in the second and scored the period's lone point with an escape to tie the bout at 1-1 after five minutes … Porter controlled Rinaldi the entire third period and was able to amass 1:40 of riding time, which proved to be the deciding factor in the bout, as Porter won by a 2-1 decision.
Team Score: Drexel leads 13-8

5:55 p.m. – 157 pounds – Liberty's Shaun Smith vs. Drexel's Charles Aungst
Match Notes: Neither Smith nor Aungst could gain much of an advantage during the opening three minutes until Smith swooped in and quickly took Aungst to the mats with eight seconds left to take a 2-0 lead after the first period … Smith was able to keep Aungst under control for about 90 seconds, but after getting bandaged up for some bleeding over one of his eyes, Aungst was able to get away from Smith to pull within one point, 2-1 … Smith started down in the third and slipped away from Aungst just seconds into the period … the bout was stopped several additional times to repair Smith's head injury, but Aungst was unable to score any additional points in the third and Smith capture the 4-1 decision with the additional point for riding time (1:32).
Team Score: Drexel leads 13-6

5:35 p.m. – 149 pounds – Liberty's Frankie Gayeski vs. Drexel's Brett McCurdy
Match Notes: Gayeski scored first by getting a hold of both McCurdy's legs and then added a second takedown later in the period to hold a 4-2 lead after three minutes of action … McCurdy started down in the second and quickly got away from Gayeski for the escape point less than 10 seconds in the round … with time winding down in the second, McCurdy flipped Gayeski and was able to pin him to the mat, giving Drexel six key team points with a win by fall at 4:41.
Team Score: Drexel leads 13-3

5:29 p.m. – 141 pounds – Liberty's Collin Lewis vs. Drexel's Shane Fenningham
Match Notes: Fenningham opened up a 4-1 lead after three minutes on the mats, thanks to two first-period takedowns … Fenningham added to his lead in the second with a takedown to push his advantage to 7-2 after five minutes … Lewis came out strong in the third period, erasing a sizeable riding time edge with a quick escape and a takedown, but the overall margin was too much for the senior to overcome, as Fenningham extend Drexel's lead with a 7-5 decision.
Team Score: Drexel leads 7-3

5:22 p.m. – 133 pounds – Liberty's Sean Katz vs. Drexel's Steve Mytych
Match Notes: Mytych picked up his third win of the day for Drexel, as the No. 19 ranked grappler downed Katz, 10-1 … Mytych, who opened the day with a stunning 5-3 win over No. 5 Danny Mitcheff of Kent State, led 5-0 after three minutes, thanks to a takedown midway through the first, followed by three near fall points about 30 seconds later … early in the second, Mytych, who started down in the second, reversed positions with Katz to extend his lead to 7-0 after five minutes of action … Mytych added to his lead with a second takedown midway through the third, before Katz got on the board with an escape with 10 seconds left … adding a point for 2:38 of riding time, Mytych gave Drexel the lead in the dual with a 10-1 major decision.
Team Score: Drexel lead 4-3

5:11 p.m. – 125 pounds – Liberty's Justin Branham vs. Drexel's Yiming Law
Match Notes: After scrapping around during the first three minutes, Law moved in on Branham late in the period, but before Law could gain position, Branham reversed him and second the two-point takedown with 18 seconds left in the period to take a 2-0 lead … Law started down in the second and Branham kept him from escape during the entire two minutes to build a 2:18 riding time edge … after starting down in the third, Branham quickly escaped 10 seconds and then follows with a second takedown with just five seconds left … after adding his bonus point for 2:12 of riding time, Branham give the Flames their first team lead of the day with a 6-0 decision victory.
Team Score: LU leads 3-0

5:01 p.m. – The fifth session has just begun and it will only feature two National College Tournament bracket duals. The first will be between Liberty and Drexel (Mat 1) and the second will feature UC Davis and Bucknell (Mat 6). For all four squads, this dual will be their final match in this year's Virginia Duals.

4:57 p.m. – Here are the rest of tomorrow's consolation bracket matchups, with each team still having a chance to finish in fifth place at this year's Virginia Duals … all duals will be taking place at 10 a.m.:
No. 18 Virginia vs. No. 23 Old Dominion
No. 20 Edinboro vs. No. 24 Virginia Tech
No. 19 Kent State vs. Ohio
Clarion vs. Michgan

4:52 p.m. – The semifinals for tomorrow's Virginia Duals have been set, with both duals taking place at 2 p.m.:
No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 14 Penn State (Mat 2)
No. 11 Lehigh vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (Mat 7)
The winners of these two duals will advance to tomorrow's championship dual at 8:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m. – Here are the results from the fourth session of the Virginia Duals:
No. 11 Lehigh 26, No. 20 Edinboro 10
No. 10 Oklahoma 21, No. 18 Virginia 13
Ohio 29, UC Davis 9
Michigan 21, 15

3:02 p.m. – The fourth session of today's Virginia Duals is just underway, featuring the following matchups:
No. 11 Lehigh vs. No. 20 Edinboro
No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 18 Virginia
Ohio vs. UC Davis
Michigan vs. Bucknell

2:59 p.m. – A full release from Liberty's matchup with No. 23 Old Dominion will be up on LibertyFlames.com within the next two hours.

2:52 p.m. – Despite the pair of losses to Top 25 programs on the day, the Flames still have one additional dual at this year's Virginia Duals. The Flames will close out action later on this evening in a 5 p.m. dual with Drexel on Mat 1. Drexel has also loss a pair of duals today, falling to No. 19 Kent State, 34-6, during the first session and 24-20 to No. 24 Virginia Tech during the 1 p.m. session.

2:50 p.m. – Here are the final results from the third session of today's Virginia Duals:
No. 4 Oklahoma State 42, Clarion 6
No. 14 Penn State 22, No. 19 Kent State 14
No. 23 Old Dominion 27, Liberty 6
No. 24 Virginia Tech 24, Drexel 20

2:45 p.m. – 285 pounds – Liberty's Andrew Wilson vs. Old Dominion's Grant Chapman
Match Notes: Wilson opened up a 3-0 lead after three minutes of action and this time a Liberty grappler was able to make it stand, as the heavyweight captured the 7-2 decision … Wilson added a second take down in the second to open up a 5-0 edge … Chapman managed to get on the scoreboard with an early takedown to begin the third … Wilson was able to slip away from Chapman and add an extra point for his 2:26 of riding time to end the dual with a Liberty victory.
Team Score: ODU wins the dual 27-6

2:32 p.m. – 197 pounds – Liberty's Jacobi Johnson vs. Old Dominion's Jesse Strawn
Match Notes: Once again, Liberty jumps out to an early lead when Johnson recorded an early takedown, but Strawn escaped and scored his own takedown with five seconds left in the period to take the lead for good, 3-2 … Strawn started down in the second and escaped early, while adding four points with a takedown and two near fall points to open up an 8-2 lead after five minutes … neither wrestler could gather any points in the third, expect for Strawn's extra point for 1:23 of riding time, securing the 9-2 decision victory for the senior.
Team Score: ODU leads 27-3

2:20 p.m. – 184 pounds – Liberty's Nick Knowles vs. Old Dominion's Joe Budi
Match Notes: Knowles opened up an early lead, scoring the first two points of the bout with a takedown two minutes in, but that was the final time he would find the scoreboard during his 4-2 loss to Budi … Budi was able to get away from Knowles with 20 seconds left in the first, leaving Knowles with a 2-1 lead after three minutes … starting down in the second, Budi reversed Knowles to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second … Knowles made several attempts to take Budi down to the mats, but sophomore was able to fend them off and pick up the riding time point (1:16) to secure the two-point decision.
Team Score: ODU leads 24-3

2:11 p.m. – 174 pounds – Liberty's Brad Clark vs. Old Dominion's Eric Decker
Match Notes: Decker opened up a 7-0 lead in the first period and never looked back during his 9-0 major decision win over Clark at 174 pounds … Decker scored an early takedown and added five combined near fall points for the early edge … the only other points scored during the rest of the bout were by Decker with a second period escape and another for 4:35 of riding time to secure the major decision win.
Team Score: ODU leads 21-3

2:02 p.m. – 165 pounds – Liberty's Chad Porter vs. Old Dominion's Chris Brown
Match Notes: Brown, currently ranked No. 15 at 165 pounds, opened up a 2-0 lead over Porter with a takedown 60 seconds into the first period … Porter was able to get on the board midway through the second when Brown was penalized a point for an illegal hold … but the senior added an escape and a second takedown to open up a 5-1 edge after five minutes … starting down, Brown reversed control for two more points before Porter added a late escape in the 7-2 decision win for Brown.
Team Score: ODU leads 17-3

1:52 p.m. – 157 pounds – Liberty's Shaun Smith vs. Old Dominion's Joey Sheridan
Match Notes: Smith gave the Flames their first lead in any of the opening five bouts with a takedown midway through the first against Sheridan en route to a 2-1 first-period lead … Smith started down in the second and added to his lead with an escape 45 seconds into the middle period to take a 3-1 edge going into the third period … Sheridan, who started down in the third, slipped away from Smith 25 second into the final period, but that would be the only points the freshman would score before the final whistle blew, giving Liberty its first win against the Monarchs in a 3-2 decision.
Team Score: ODU leads 14-3

1:40 p.m. – 149 pounds – Liberty's Frankie Gayeski vs. Old Dominion's John Nicholson
Match Notes: Single takedowns in the first and second periods by Nicholson proved to be all the scoring either wrestlers could muster during this 149-pound bout, giving Nicholson a 4-0 decision win.
Team Score: ODU leads 14-0

1:34 p.m. – 141 pounds – Liberty's Collin Lewis vs. Old Dominion's Craig Wilson
Match Notes: Wilson took a 4-2 lead after three minutes thanks to two first-period takedowns, followed by two escapes by Lewis … Wilson added two more takedowns during the middle period, with the second coming with just 20 seconds left on the clock to open up an 8-3 lead … Lewis was able to score one additional point with an escape midway through the third, but it was not enough, as he fell in the 8-4 decision.
Team Score: ODU leads 11-0

1:22 p.m. – 133 pounds – Liberty's Joe Pantaleo vs. Old Dominion's Justin LaValle
Match Notes: The bout remained scoreless until 40 seconds left in the second period when Pantaleo, who started down, escaped to open a 1-0 lead … the score remained the same until the third, when LaValle reversed from his starting down position and added two near fall points to open up a 4-1 lead with 1:15 left in the bout … Pantaleo was able to add two points with a late reversal, but LaValle took the dual, 5-2, thanks to an additional point for 2:10 of riding time.
Team Score: ODU leads 8-0

1:11 p.m. – 125 pounds – Liberty's Justin Branham vs. Old Dominion's James Nicholson
Match Notes: Tough draw for Branham, losing in a 16-0 technical fall (5:17) to ODU's James Nicholson, who is currently ranked at No. 7 in the country … Nicholson controlled the match from the onset, opening up a 7-0 lead after three minutes … Nicholson added seven more points with a takedown and five combined near fall points in the second period … Nicholson started down in the third and ended the bout 17 seconds into the period with a reversal.
Team Score: ODU leads 5-0

1:01 p.m. Liberty and No. 23 Old Dominion are set to begin on Mat 2, as the P.A. announcers is announcing the matchups for today's third session.

12:45 p.m. – Here are the results from the second session of today's duals, completing the first round of action for the day:
No. 11 Lehigh 33, UC Davis 12
No. 20 Edinboro 20, Ohio 12
No. 18 Virginia 24, Michigan 10
No. 10 Oklahoma 28, Bucknell 7

11:20 a.m. – Here are you matchups for the second round, which kicked off about 20 minutes ago:
No. 11 Lehigh vs. UC Davis
No. 20 Edinboro vs. Ohio
No. 18 Virginia vs. Michigan
No. 10 Oklahoma vs. Bucknell

11:10 a.m. – Here are your final team results from the 9 a.m. session this morning
No. 4 Oklahoma State 36, Liberty 6
Clarion 20, No. 23 Old Dominion 18
No. 19 Kent State 34, Drexel 6
No. 14 Penn State 26, No. 24 Virginia Tech 9

10:52 a.m. – A full release on this morning's dual against No. 4 Oklahoma State will be up on LibertyFlames.com within the next two hours.

10:49 a.m. – Liberty will be back in action at 1 p.m. against hometown favorite Old Dominion … the Monarchs lost in an upset to Clarion just a few minutes ago, 20-18 … No. 23 Old Dominion battled back from a 15-10 deficit to go up 18-17 heading into the heavyweight matchup, which the Golden Eagles took in a 6-4 decision to this afternoon's championship quarterfinal matchup. Both matchups will be contested at 1 p.m. with Liberty's dual against No. 23 Old Dominion taking place on Mat 2 and the No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. Clarion meeting on Mat 3.

10:35 a.m. – 285 pounds – Liberty's Andrew Wilson vs. Oklahoma State's Jared Rosholt
Match Notes: Rosholt won his 15th consecutive match, scoring a pin 1:56 into the bout against Wilson … Rosholt scored a takedown midway through the first and 20 seconds later added the bout with his fifth win by fall this year.
Team Score: OSU wins the match, 36-6

10:27 a.m. – 197 pounds – Liberty's Jacobi Johnson vs. Oklahoma State's Alan Gelogaev
Match Notes: Gelogaev posts the first win by technical fall in the dual, defeating Johnson 18-3 early in the third period … Gelogaev led 10-2 after the first three minutes of the dual, thanks to two takedowns and five total near fall points … Gelogaev added six more points in the second with a quick escape, following by his third takedown and three more near fall points … he ended the bout with his fourth takedown 34 seconds into the third.
Team Score: OSU leads 30-6

10:19 a.m. – 184 pounds – Liberty's Nick Knowles vs. Oklahoma State's Chris McNeil 
Match Notes: McNeil wins the bout in a low scoring 3-0 decision over Knowles … the only scoring came during the second period … McNeil started down and escaped in the first 10 seconds, then added a takedown 60 seconds later.
Team Score: OSU leads 25-6

10:02 a.m. – 174 pounds – Liberty's Brad Clark vs. Oklahoma State's Mike Benefiel
Match Notes: Benefiel wins in the highest scoring bout of the dual, taking the bout in a 16-2 major decision over Clark … Benefiel scored a takedown with three near fall points in the first and added the same in the second … he added two takedowns in the third, plus 4:35 in riding time … Clark scored his two points with escapes in the second and third.
Team Score: OSU leads 22-6

9:55 a.m. – 165 pounds – Liberty's Chad Porter vs. Oklahoma State's Alex Meade
Match Notes: Meade wins the bout by fall in the first period (1:10), pinning Porter after scoring his second takedown 50 seconds into the matchup.
Team Score: OSU leads 18-6

9:49 a.m. – 157 pounds – Liberty's Shaun Smith vs. Neil Erisman
Match Notes: Erisman controlled the bout from the opening whistle and won an 11-2 major decision over Smith … scored seven points in the first period with a takedown and two moves that scored near fall points (one three and the other two).
Team Score: OSU leads 12-6

9:31 a.m. – 149 pounds – Liberty's Frankie Gayeski vs. Oklahoma State's Jake Peck
Match Notes: Gayeski scores the victory, thanks to three points in the third period … Peck led 4-2 after the first three minutes, but Gayeski battled back … scored an escape from the down position in the third and a takedown with 15 seconds to win 5-4
Team Score: OSU leads 8-6

9:22 a.m. – 141 pounds – Liberty's Collin Lewis vs. Oklahoma State's Jamal Parks
Match Notes: Parks wins the bout by major decision, 11-3, including a 5:10 riding time edge … Parks controlled the bout from the onset, scoring four takedowns and a reversal … Lewis' only points came via three escapes.
Team Score: OSU leads 8-3

9:12 a.m. – 133 pounds – Liberty's Joe Pantaleo vs. Oklahoma State's Tyler Shinn 
Match notes: Pantaleo scores the upset, downing Tyler Shinn, 6-5 … the third period was key for Pantaleo, as he scored four points … OSU now leads the dual 4-3.

9:05 a.m. - 125 pounds – Liberty's Justin Branham vs. Oklahoma State's Chris Notte.
First Period – Notte scores early takedown and controls the pace the rest of the period … Notte leads 2-0 with 2:31 in riding time advantage.
Second Period – Branham begins down and quickly escapes for a point … Notte takes Branham down to the mats for the second time 30 seconds later … Notte leads 4-1 with 3:56 in riding time
Third Period – High scoring third period that saw Notte log six points … Branham got away twice for escape points, but Notte continued to control the bout during the period.
Final Score – Notte wins 11-3, including riding time point (5:13)
Overall Team Score – OSU leads 4-0

8:57 a.m. – The P.A. announcers is going over the lineups for each mat and the national anthem is about the play. When we start action in just a few minutes, we will be starting at 125 pounds in a bout between Liberty's Justin Branham and Oklahoma State's Chris Notte.

8:55 a.m. – Another featured matchup will be at 149 pounds, between Liberty's Frankie Gayeski and Oklahoma State's Quinten Fuentes, who is the Cowboys' lone starting wrestler not currently ranked individually in the Top 20. However, the junior has proved to be a formidable foe on the mat this year, as 11 of his 13 wins have come by fall to lead the team in the statistical category. Gayeski is Liberty's best grappler this year and the redshirt senior is coming off a fourth-place finish at last week's Southern Scuffle. He pushed his personal winning streak to 15-straight matches before he lost to Penn's Cesar Grajales in a 2-1 decision (which was decided by riding time) in the semifinals. After picking up a 9-6 decision over N.C. State's Bobby Ward, Gayeski had to bow out of the third-place matchup because of an injury. He enters today's event with a team best 18-4 overall record.

8:54 a.m. – One of the featured matchups of the dual will be at heavyweight, as Oklahoma State's Jared Rosholt is the Cowboys' top wrestler. Last year, the 285-pounder finished third at the national championship and he currently ranks No. 2 in the country in his weight class, after winning 14-straight bouts. Head coach Jesse Castro will be sending sophomore Andrew Wilson out onto the mats against Rosholt, but top ranked competition is no stranger to Wilson. Earlier this year, Wilson wrestled against No. 1 ranked Konrad Kudziak of Duke at the Keystone Classic (he lost the bout by decision, 6-0).

8:50 a.m. – While the Flames will be taking on the Cowboys on Mat 2, the Monarchs and the Golden Eagles will be matchup nearby on Mat 3. During Liberty's dual, I'll try to keep you updated on the progress of the Old Dominion vs. Clarion meeting, as the winners of both duals will face off in a championship quarterfinal matchup at 1 p.m. and the losers will square off against each other in the first round of the consolation bracket, also at 1 p.m. Below is a link to a full tournament bracket.

2010 Virginia Duals – National College Tournament Bracket (in PDF format)

8:48 a.m. – Liberty and Oklahoma State are two of the four teams that make up the "A" segment of the National College Tournament bracket at this year's Virginia Duals. The other two teams are No. 23 Old Dominion and Clarion.

8:43 a.m. – If you were not able to make the trek across the Commonwealth to the Hampton Coliseum, you can follow the action live via multiple platforms. Live bout-by-bout results will be made available on VirginiaDuals.org, while Jason Bryant and his crew from TheMat.com are providing video streaming coverage throughout both days at this year's Virginia Duals. Jason said that they will be providing spotlight coverage for the four matches at 9 and 11 a.m., while providing more individual match coverage starting with the championship quarterfinals, which are slated to begin at 1 p.m.

Links of Interest:
Live bout-by-by match results
Live video streaming (provided by TheMat.com)

8:38 a.m. – I just spent some time going over some final details with Oklahoma State's wrestling radio crew of Rex Holt and Roger Moore. If you are interesting in hearing this tandem call the action from Mat 2 inside the Hampton Coliseum, you can access a live audio stream by clicking here (this link will take you to Oklahoma State's wrestling schedule, where you will need to click on the "Listen" link under "Next Event"). They are still waiting to work on a phone line issue (the actual line still has not arrived), but once they get that resolved, you can listen to them call all the action throughout the day as they cover the Cowboys.

Link to Oklahoma State's radio coverage

8:29 a.m. – Liberty has faced some of the nation's best wrestling programs in its history; however, today's matchup with No. 4 Oklahoma State will mark the highest ranked opponent the Flames have squared off against in dual meet history.

8:22 a.m. – Oklahoma State's 34 national championships in wrestling are the most NCAA titles by any program in any sport in NCAA history. Here is a list of the Top 5 national leaders in NCAA championships, just to put the Cowboys' 34 titles in prospective:

34 – Oklahoma State wrestling titles
26 – USC men's track and field titles
22 – Iowa wrestling titles
21 – Yale men's golf titles
19 – Arkansas men's track and field titles, UCLA men's volleyball titles and Stanford men's tennis titles

8:17 a.m. – Today's opening matchup for the Flames is truly an unique opportunity for Liberty's wrestlers, as the Flames will be tangling with the most storied wrestling program in the country. Oklahoma State has won 34 national champions and has had 133 individual national champions and 423 All-Americans.

8:11 a.m. – The numbers beside the Cowboys' grapplers' names are not seeds in this event, but rather national rankings. Yes, nine of Oklahoma State's starting 10 wrestlers are currently ranked in the Top 20 in their respective weight classes.

8:05 a.m. – After a quick check with the head table, we were able to pick up Oklahoma State's starting 10:
125 – No. 9 Chris Notte (11-4)
133 – No. 6 Jordan Oliver (14-2)
141 – No. 7 Jamal Parks (16-3)
149 – Quinten Fuentes (13-6)
157 – No. 12 Neil Erisman (15-5)
165 – No. 14 Alex Meade (17-3)
174 – No. 14 Mike Benefiel (20-1)
184 – No. 9 Clayton Foster (10-0)
197 – No. 8 Alan Gelogaev (16-1)
285 – No. 2 Jared Rosholt (16-1)

8:02 a.m. – Here is the starting lineup for Liberty:
125 – Justin Branham (2-7)
133 – Joe Pantaleo (7-8)
141 – Collin Lewis (6-7)
149 – Frankie Gayeski (18-4)
157 – Shaun Smith (8-6)
165 – Chad Porter (14-6)
174 – Brad Clark (13-6)
184 – Nick Knowles (8-9)
197 – Jacobi Johnson (7-11)
285 – Andrew Wilson (9-6)

7:52 a.m. – Things certainly do not get any easier this weekend for Liberty, as this year's Virginia Duals is loaded with some of the best teams in the country. The event is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the Peninsula Wrestling Association, which officially hosts the event, has assembled the strongest field in the event's three-decade history … nine of the 16 teams in the National College Tournament are currently ranked in the last InterMat.com Top 25 poll:

No. 4 Oklahoma State
No. 10 Oklahoma
No. 11 Lehigh
No. 14 Penn State
No. 18 Virginia
No. 19 Kent State
No. 20 Edinboro
No. 23 Old Dominion
No. 24 Virginia Tech

7:45 a.m. – Liberty returns to the mats today and continues its string of stiff competition. Last week, the Flames finished in 16th place out of 31 teams at the Southern Scuffle, which included a field of seven Top 25 programs and 53 wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 of their respective weigh classes.