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FSN to Air Four Home Wrestling Dual Matches

January 20, 2010
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Head coach Jesse Castro (middle) talks with Jeff Helgeson (left) and Ray Jones (right) of the Flames Sports Network broadcast team following a wrestling match.

Head coach Jesse Castro (middle) talks with Jeff Helgeson (left) and Ray Jones (right) of the Flames Sports Network broadcast team following a wrestling match.

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The Liberty wrestling team will return to the Vines Center on Saturday afternoon against Bucknell, in a dual that will kick off the Flames Sports Network's television coverage for the program this season.

The Flames Sports Network (FSN) is slated to broadcast the remaining four home dual matches on Liberty's 2009-10 schedule, beginning with the 3 p.m. matchup with Bucknell on Saturday. The following three broadcasts will be on Jan. 30 (Campbell/3 p.m.), Feb. 2 (UNC Greensboro/7 p.m.) and Feb. 12 (Rutgers/7 p.m.).

FSN's coverage of the Bucknell dual will be the network's second broadcast of a Liberty wrestling event. FSN's first coverage of Liberty's wrestling program came when the network broadcast the 2008 NCAA East Regional Championships, which Liberty hosted on March 8 inside the Vines Center.

FSN has covered Liberty's athletics programs for the past 29 years, including both radio and television coverage. This athletic year, FSN has televised all of Liberty's home football games and most of Liberty's home volleyball matches and men's and women's basketball games.

FSN's broadcast team will consist of three former Flames wrestlers, Ray Jones, Roy Jones and Jeff Helgeson. Ray Jones (1980-81) and Roy Jones (1978) were with the program during its run of five-straight NCCAA national championships, while Helgeson (1986-88) helped the Flames to three-consecutive Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division II championships.

Ray Jones, who will handle play-by-play duties during the dual events, is no stranger to the FSN broadcast teams. This past year, he returned to the network to reprise his roles as color commentator for football, while handling play-by-play duties for volleyball and men's and women's basketball. Roy Jones and Helgeson will share color commentating roles during the wrestling broadcasts.

FSN's television broadcasting of Liberty's home athletics events is handled through the Liberty Channel, a satellite/cable network offering family-friendly television. The Liberty Channel can be viewed in the greater Lynchburg area on most cable systems.

Additionally, all of FSN's wrestling broadcasts will be video streamed via the Big South Network and available for viewing anywhere in the world via the Internet.

The Big South Network is a subscription-based package where viewers can watch select sporting events via an Internet web stream. To watch the Bucknell dual, viewers will be charged a fee of $3.95 or they can purchase a multi-event package for $12, which will allow viewers to watch all four home dual events during the remainder of this season.