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March 6, 2010
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Millersville's Pucillo Gymnasium, site of the 2010 NCAA East Regional Championships.

Millersville's Pucillo Gymnasium, site of the 2010 NCAA East Regional Championships.

Welcome inside Pucillo Gymnasium, on the campus of Millersville in Millersville, Pa., site of the 2010 NCAA East Regional Championship.

Today, 140 bouts will be contested on Mat 1 and Mat 2. By day's end (estimated 6:30 p.m.), 10 battle-tested grapplers will stand victorious as champions of their weight classes, which will have earned them the right to represent the East Region at this year's NCAA National Championships in Omaha, Neb.

As it has done for two previous events this year (Southern Scuffle and the Virginia Duals), LibertyFlames.com will be mat-side inside Pucillo Gymnasium, providing a live blog throughout the day, keeping fans updated on all the exciting NCAA wrestling action.

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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Later on today, Millersville will be providing a live video stream of the championship rounds. At roughly 5 p.m., the stream will go live at the following site … the stream will be free of charge after your register.

7:10 p.m. – This entry brings to a close today's NCAA East Regional Championship Blog. Be sure to follow Liberty's six national qualifiers, as they will be making the trek to Omaha, Neb., March 18-20, for the 2010 NCAA National Wrestling Championships. LibertyFlames.com will be blogging live from inside the Quest Center, so be sure to check back as you can follow Liberty's six national-qualifying grapplers when they will be vying for a national championship against the nation's best:

125 – Jonathan Childress
133 – Joe Pantaleo
141 – Scott Clymer
149 – Frankie Gayeski
165 – Chad Porter
184 – Nick Knowles

7:06 p.m. – This year's NCAA East Regional Champion Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Year is Millersville's Jarrett Hostetter (157 pounds) and the NCAA East Regional Coach of the Year is Liberty's Jesse Castro (for the third time of his career).

7:03 p.m. – With six national qualifiers and third runner-up finishes, including a 19-3 major decision win by Brad Clark in a true second-place bout, Liberty captures its fourth-straight NCAA East Regional title. Below are the final team standings.

1. Liberty – 110.5
2. Gardner-Webb – 74.5
3. Millersville – 56.5
4. Campbell – 44
5. Duquesne - 37

6:54 p.m. – In the second to late bout of the night, the top-ranked grappler in the event, No. 12 Dustin Porter of Gardner-Webb, took to the mats against Liberty's Josh Pelletier. The bout remained scoreless until Porter scored a two-point takedown with 22 seconds left. Pelletier was able to get away, leaving the score at 2-1 in favor of Porter. Pelletier was able to knot the bout at 2-2 with the one points of the second period, an escape, 20 seconds in. However, Porter was able to pick up his fourth national-qualifying victory of his career, scoring an escape and takedown in the third to capture the 5-2 victory in the heavyweight bout.

6:39 p.m. – In a 197 pound consolation round, Liberty's Jacobi Johnson remained close with Campbell's Parker Burns, as Burns led 2-1 after two minutes. However, Burns turned up the pressure in the second, scoring 12 points to take a 14-1 lead after two periods. Burns' last move on Johnson in the second injured Liberty's 197-pounder, which forced Johnson to bow out of the event with a medical forfeit.

6:31 p.m. – The 184 pound bout took longer than seven minutes, but it was worth it for the Flames and Nick Knowles, as the junior scored a takedown 23 seconds in the fourth period to secure a 5-3 victory and Liberty's fifth individual title of the day. Gardner-Webb's Jonathan Velazquez scored first, putting two points on the board with a takedown 40 seconds in. Knowles quickly got away and was able to pull within one, 2-1, after three minutes. Knowles was the only wrestler to score in the second with an escape, leaving the match tied, 2-2, after five minutes. However, the match was still tied after seven minutes, as Velazquez got an escape and Knowles was awarded a penalty point. In his third overtime match of the season, Knowles the first to make a move, getting a hold of Velazquez's left leg to score the decisive move.

6:18 p.m. – Hometown favorite and No. 1 seed Shane Smith opened his 174-pound matchup with Liberty's Brad Clark with a takedown midway through the first, while Clark was able to get away to leave the score, 2-1, in favor of Smith after three minutes. Clark was able to knot the match at 2-2 early in the second, but Smith controlled the bout during the final two minutes to secure the 7-4 win. From the down position, Smith scored a quick escape directly followed by a takedown. Clark was able to get away and pull within one point, but in his effort to make a last-minute move, Clark left himself open and Smith sealed the win with a takedown in the final seconds and earn Millersville their second individual champion of the day.

6:05 p.m. – After a year away from the mats, Chad Porter made sure the NCAA East Region knows the 165 pound weight class still comes through him. The redshirt junior controlled his bout with Millersville's Jeremy Brooks from the opening whistle, earning his third-straight trip the national championship. Porter could only score a takedown during the first, but he did control the pace of the action. By time the next two minutes had expired, he led 7-0 after a reversal and three near-fall points. Brooks did manage to get on the scoreboard with a late escape, but Porter added two more takedowns and 2:42 of riding time to win the bout, 12-1. For the redshirt junior, it moved him to 6-0 at the NCAA East Regional Championships, with five wins coming by major decision.

5:55 p.m. – One of the more anticipated matches of the night took place at 157 pounds, in a bout that featured the last three national qualifiers from the weight division. Liberty's Shaun Smith was able to capture his first national qualifying victory last year, when two-time qualifier Jarrett Hostetter of Millersville was redshirting. The two grapplers tried to feel each other out during the first minute of the bout, with Hostetter making the first move. With 1:55 left on the opening period clock, Hostetter swept in on Smith and scored the takedown. Just 20 seconds later, Hostetter was able use the advantage he gained to end the bout by fall (1:28), giving him his 100th career victory and his third career trip the national championships. The loss ends Smith's stellar career at Liberty with a 62-58 mark.

5:51 p.m. – The bout between Liberty's Frankie Gayeski and Millersville's John Lester started out slow, but finished with a flurry of action. Neither grappler could score until Gayeski escaped out of the down position to open the second. The score remained the same until Lester pulled off the same move during the first 10 seconds of the third period. About a minute later, Gayeski scored a takedown which was directly followed by Lester's second escape of the match. With the bout standing at 3-2 in favorite of Gayeski, Lester tried to make one last move to earn the victory. However, Gayeski was able to fend off the charge and the redshirt senior scored his first career national qualifying victory to give the Flames four individual winners on the day.

5:39 p.m. – Scott Clymer, competing in his first bout of the day, showed no signs of rust, as the redshirt sophomore made it three-for-three for the Flames in the championship round with a 14-0 major decision over Campbell's Kelin Bidespach at 141 pounds. The opening three minutes of action resulted in only two points, as Clymer scored a takedown two minutes in. Midway through the second, Clymer added his second takedown plus two near-fall moves that resulted in four total points to open up an 8-0 lead. A reversal out of the down position to open the third sealed the match, as Clymer added three more near fall points and an extra for 4:13 of riding time to snap his ticket to Omaha, Neb.

5:28 p.m. – The next bout was much less intense, but had the same outcome, with another first-time national qualifier for the Flames in Joe Pantaleo at 133 pounds. Pantaleo opened strong, scoring a takedown 50 seconds into the first period over Gardner-Webb's Richie Apolinar. During the remaining two minutes of action, Pantaleo made two moves that resulted in three near-fall points, allowing the redshirt freshman to open up an 8-0 lead. Pantaleo continued to dominate the match the rest of the way, adding a takedown in the second and third to go along with 4:41 of riding time to ensure at least two Liberty grapplers will be heading to the national championship with his 13-1 major decision win.

5:13 p.m. – Jonathan Childress gets Liberty's championship round run off to a great start, with his second-straight upset to earn the freshman a trip to Omaha in two weeks. Gardner-Webb's Michael Slaughter led, 2-1, after three minutes. Slaughter started to get overly aggressive in the second period and penalized to tie the bout at 2-2 midway through the second. With time winding down in the period, Childress made a move on Slaughter and nearly pinned him, but the Bulldogs' grappler was able to find off the move and Childress led 5-2 after he was awarded three near-fall points. Action continued to remain heated during the third period, which saw two unsportsmanlike calls against Slaughter and Childress run up in the stands at one point in time. However, when it was all said in down, Childress walked away the victor with an 11-6 victory.

4:57 p.m. – Just as a reminder, Millersville we be video streaming all Championship Round action on Mat 1. The streaming is free of charge at the following link.

4:50 p.m. – Session II is just about ready to get underway, where ten of the best wrestlers at this event will earn their right to represent the East Region at the NCAA national championships in Omaha, Neb. Liberty still has a shot for nine of its 10 grapplers to capture national qualifying marks and surpass the 2008 championship, when the Flames took home six individual titles. Below is a quick snapshot at each matchup:

Championship Round
125 – LU's Jonathan Childress vs. GWU's Michael Slaughter
Note: Earlier this year, Slaughter defeated Childress, 9-3, at the Eastern Regional Duals.
133 – LU's Joe Pantaleo vs. CU's Richie Apolinar
Note: Earlier this year, Pantaleo took home a 12-1 major decision win over Apolinas at the East Regional Duals
141 – LU's Scott Clymer vs. CU's Kelin Bidelspach
Note: This will be Clymer's first match at this year's event after the No. 1 seed picked up a forfeit win in the first round … earlier this year, Clymer defeated Bidelspach, 5-0, at the Eastern Regional Duals
149 – LU's Frankie Gayeski vs. MU's John Lester
Note: This will be the first meeting between the grapplers … this is Gayeski's second trip to the finals … he suffered a loss by fall (1:35) to Delaware State's Matt Cathell last year
157 – LU's Shaun Smith vs. MU's Jarrett Hostetter
Note: This will be the third time the two grapplers have met during their careers … Hostetter is the 2007 and 2008 is the NCAA East Regional Champion and Smith is the 2009 NCAA East Region Champion … Hostetter has defeated Smith during both of their previous meetings … Hostetter won 4-1 in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA East Regional … Hostetter won 5-2 in 2008 over Smith in the title bout
165 – LU's Chad Porter vs. MU's Jeremy Brooks
Note: This will be the first meeting between the two grapplers … Porter is 5-0 in his career at the NCAA East Regional, winning the titles in 2007 and 2008
174 – LU's Brad Clark vs. MU's Shane Smith
Note: This will be the first meeting between the two grapplers … Clark was the runner-up at last year's NCAA East Regional at 165 pounds
184 – LU's Nick Knowles vs. GWU's Jonathan Velazquez
Note: Earlier this year, Knowles defeated Velazaquez, 13-4, at the Eastern Regional Duals
285 – LU's Josh Pelletier GWU's Dustin Porter
Note: Earlier this year, Porter defeated Pelletier, 2-1, at the Eastern Regional Duals … this will be Pelletier's first trip to the finals, while Porter will be looking to capture his fourth-straight national qualifying win

Consolation Round
197 – LU's Jacobi Johnson vs. CU's Parker Burns
Note: Earlier this year, Johnson defeated Burns, 5-4, at the Eastern Regional Duals

3:50 p.m. – We are in a break now, between Session I and Session II. Session II is slated to begin at 5 p.m., which will feature the Championship Rounds along with the Consolation Finals. Liberty will have nine in the championship bracket and one vying for third place in the consolation bracket. Below is an updated team score heading into the final session, plus a link to an updated tournament bracket.

1. Liberty – 88.5 points
2. Gardner-Webb -54.5 points
3. Millersville – 44 points
4. Campbell – 38 points
5. Duquesne – 30 points

Link to updated tournament bracket

We are going to take a break and the blog will return at approximately 4:45 p.m., with a brief took at Liberty's next round matchups.

3:32 p.m. – Millersville's Brent Barr jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead during the first 90 seconds, but Jacobi Johnson controlled rest of the match in his 197-pound consolation bout. An escape and a takedown late in the first allowed Johnson to open up a 5-3 lead, while a reversal with two near-fall points and a third takedown allowed Johnson to take a 11-4 lead after five minutes. Starting from the down position, Johnson continued to dominate with his second reversal and a 2:05 riding time edge to capture the bout, 14-4. Johnson's team-leading seventh major decision win this year will now pit him against No. 1 seed Travis Porter of Gardner-Webb, who was upset in the first round.

3:20 p.m. – The lone matchup for the Flames in the first consolation rounds will feature Liberty's Jacobi Johnson against hometown favorite Brett Barr of Millersville. Johnson suffered a tough 3-1 loss to No. 2 seed Justin Buchanan of Duquesne. Barr was dominated in his bout with Campbell's Parker Burns in a technical fall, 15-0 (4:59), in a pigtail match. Barr's loss to Burns isn't looking too bad right now, as Burns upended No. 1 seed Travis Porter of Gardner-Webb and will now face Buchanan in the finals later on tonight.

3:10 p.m. – After the completion of the 2 p.m. session, Liberty finds itself with a 41-point lead and nine of 10 grapplers heading to the championship round. The nine wrestlers advancing to the finals marks a new program record, bettering the 2007 and 2008 championship when Liberty had seven grapplers advance to the final round in each. Below is an updated team score:

1. Liberty – 85 pounds
2. Millersville – 44 points
3. Gardner-Webb – 42 points
4. Campbell – 33.5 points
5. Duquesne – 21 points

2:55 p.m. – Josh Pelletier made it nine of 10 Liberty grapplers heading to the championship round, as the redshirt junior scored a dominating 8-0 major decision over Duquesne's Nadeem Farah. Pelletier controlled the bout from the opening whistle, but didn't score his first takedown until midway through the first period. The two wrestlers started neutral during the second and it took 1:45 for Pelletier to add his second takedown to give him a 4-0 lead with two minutes left. Pelletier added an escape and his third takedown to go along with over two minutes of riding time to secure his 15th victory of the season.

2:37 p.m. – Liberty had its first grappler drop to the consolation bracket, as Jacobi Johnson suffered a hard-fought 3-1 decision loss to No. 2 seed Justin Buchanan of Duquesne at 197 pounds. The bout remained scoreless until Buchanan scored a takedown with 40 seconds left in the opening period. Buchanan added a third point with an escape out of the down position midway through the middle period. Johnson quickly got on the scoreboard during the third period with an escape during the first 10 seconds, but despite several different attempted moves, Johnson was unable to score again and will now have to work his way back in the wrestleback bracket.

2:32 p.m. – Over on Mat 2, Brad Clark kept the dominating run by Liberty going, as the 174-pounder nearly ended his bout with Duquesne's Seth Csaszar in the first. Leading 5-2 after two and half minutes, Clark made a move on Csaszar and nearly pinned him, but the Dukes' grappler kept the matchup going which had Clark leading 8-2 after the three near-fall points. Clark added an escape point in the second, before ending the bout in the third. After Csaszar got away from Clark, Liberty's redshirt sophomore made the definitive move on Csaszar, pinning him to the blue mat at 5:48. This will be Clark's second-straight trip to the finals after losing a 5-2 decision at 165 pounds last year in Boiling Springs, N.C.

2:29 p.m. – One upping his fellow teammate, Nick Knowles gave the Flames their seventh wrestler in the finals with a first-period win by fall at 184 pounds. The junior scored a quick takedown against Millersville's Josh Marquard and 45 seconds later finished the bout with a win by fall (2:31) to move into the championship bout.

2:23 p.m. – Chad Porter moved to 5-0 in his career at the NCAA East Regional with his fifth-straight victory with bonus points. Porter never left any doubt in his 165-pound bout with Campbell's Chris Mazzatta, scoring a takedown 40 seconds in and then added three different moves that led to three near-fall points to open up an 11-0 after three minutes of action. Porter continued to control the bout in the second and ended it when he pinned Mazzatta at 4:05, for his fifth win by fall of the season. Porter will be facing Millersville's Jeremy Brooks in the finals, who easily pinned Duquesne's Nathan Reinhart in 32 seconds.

2:13 p.m. – Holding true to their previous match-up, where Shaun Smith scored a 6-4 decision victory over Gardner-Webb's Alex Medved at the Eastern Regional Duals, this 157-pound bout come down to the wire. Both grapplers scored takedowns and escapes during the opening three minutes, leaving the matchup tied at 3-3. Smith controlled the middle period where he led 6-3 after five minutes, thanks to a second escape and takedown. Medved came storming back in the third, tying the match at 7-7 with his second takedown of the period with 34 ticks left. Smith quickly got away from Medved for what proved to be the decisive point, as Liberty's senior was able to fend off a last-second charge by Medved for the 8-7 decision. Smith will face Millersville's Jarrett Hostetter in the finals, in a matchup of the last two national qualifiers at 157 pounds. Hostetter scored a 5-2 decision over Smith in 2008, while Smith captured the title while Hostetter was redshirting last year.

1:51 p.m. – Liberty moves two more into the finals, one by action on the mat and the second by forfeit. First, Liberty's Scott Clymer moved into the championship round at 141 pounds, as Duquesne's Tony Lascari did not make weight. On Mat 2, Frankie Gayeski completely controlled his bout against Duquesne's Josh Pascazi, moving onto the finals with an 11-3 major decision. Gayeski scored six takedowns during the seven-minute match, with two coming in the first and third periods. His final one came with 10 seconds left, allowing him to add to his riding time (1:24) for an extra point. For Clymer, he will be wrestling Campbell's Kelin Bidelspach, who just picked up a win over Richie Spicel of Gardner-Webb. Gayeski's opponent will be the victor of the Josh Lester (Millersville) vs. Ryan Medved (Gardner-Webb) bout, which is on deck on Mat 1.

1:42 p.m. – The Flames get their second wrestler into the championship round, as Joe Pantaleo scores a 9-3 decision victory over Gardner-Webb's Brett Kostern at 133 pounds. Pantaleo controlled the match from the onset, scoring a first-period takedown 64 seconds into. Leading by four with two minutes left, Pantaleo put the match out of reach in the third, with his third takedown and two near-fall points to advance to the finals.

1:32 p.m. – The semifinals opened with a thrilling victory for the Flames, as Liberty's Jonathan Childress scored a 5-4 upset of Campbell's C.J. Gittens. Gittens jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with an early takedown in the first, but Childress scored an escape with just two seconds left in the period. Gittens extended his lead with a reversal early in the second, directly followed by a Childress escape. Trailing 4-2 with just two minutes left, Childress got away from Gittens 30 seconds into the round to pull within one, 4-3. With time winding down, Childress swung in on Gittens and scored the decisive takedown with three seconds left to advance to the championship round. Childress will be taking on top-seeded Michael Slaughter of Gardner-Webb, who scored a 9-3 decision win over him early this year at the East Regional Duals.

1:15 p.m. – First up for the Flames will be Jonathan Childress, who will be taking on Campbell's C.J. Gittens at 125 pounds on Mat 2. Earlier this year, Gittens scored a 10-2 major decision win over Childress at the East Regional Duals. The Flames Joe Pantaleo is on deck on Mat 1 for his 133-pound bout with Gardner-Webb's Brett Kostern.

1:08 p.m. – Our last two pigtail matches are in the books and after a five-minute break, we are onto the semifinals. The last pigtail match decided who Liberty's Nick Knowles will face in the semifinals and the bout was the most exciting of the opening session. Tied at 5-5 going into the last two minutes of action, Campbell's Derek Tomasone and Millersville's Josh Marquard traded points back and forth, until Marquard scored a late takedown and added 1:14 of riding time to score the 9-7 decision win.

12:53 p.m. – We have another match-up set for a Liberty grappler, this time at 165 pounds. Chad Porter will take on Campbell's Chris Mazzatta in the semifinals, after Mazzatta survived a late rally from Gardner-Webb's David Pelsang for a 4-3 decision. Porter did not wrestle Mazzatta at the Eastern Regional Duals, as the Camels had Peter Comis at the weight class that day.

12:39 p.m. – Our next winner affects a Liberty wrestler's match-up, as Duquesne wins again when Josh Pascazi picked up an 8-1 decision win over Campbell's Billy Heemer. Pascazi advances to the semifinals where he will take on top-seeded Frankie Gayeski at 149 pounds.

12:35 p.m. – We have our first winner of the NCAA East Regional Championships, coming a 125 pounds. Duquesne's Cory Kiser advances to face No. 1 seed Michael Slaughter of Gardner-Webb after defeating Millersville's Matthew Devestine by fall (3:46).

12:31 p.m. – We are underway here at the 2010 NCAA East Regional Championship. The event is going to open up with the pigtail matches, followed directly by the semifinal rounds. There are pigtail matches at 125, 149, 157, 165, 174 and 197 pounds. Because Liberty's 10 are all seeded third or higher, no Liberty wrestler will compete during this initial round.

12:28 p.m. – We are just minutes away from action officially getting underway, as the opening announcements are being made and the national event is ready to play.

12:21 p.m. – Today's event is somewhat of a homecoming for several of Liberty's wrestlers, as three of Liberty's starting 10 grapplers today hail from the "Keystone State." The closest is 125-pounder Jonathan Childress, who is from Red Lion, Pa. (about 30 miles west of Millersville). The next is Brad Clark, as the 174-pounder is from Audubon, Pa. (about 72 miles east of Millersville, just outside of Philadelphia). Last is Scott Clymer, as the 141-pounder comes from Germansville, Pa. (about 77 miles north east of Millersville). Frankie Gayeski would be the closest "out of state" wrestlers, as the senior hails from Malaga, N.J., which is just east of Philadelphia over the New Jersey state line.

12:12 p.m. – As previously mentioned, Liberty is seeded No. 1 in five of the 10 weight classes. Click here to take a look at the complete bracket for the 2010 NCAA East Regional Championships.

2010 NCAA East Regional Brackets

12:07 p.m. – Liberty enters this year's championship as the event's three-time defending champion. Although most Liberty wrestling fans know who has won the event the past three years, below is a look back as the last seven years, which includes titles by today's host, Millersville:

2009 – Liberty – 101.5 points
2008 – Liberty – 108.5 points
2007 – Liberty – 86 points
2006 – Slippery Rock – 100.5 points
2005 – Duquesne – 77 points
2004 – Millersville – 88 points
2003 – Millersville – 125 points

I tried to dig deeper into the event's past history all week, but it seems to be somewhat of an enigma, as very little history of the event is available (even with the NCAA). We will keep digging and maybe next year we can try to provide a deeper history of this national qualifying event.

12:01 p.m. – We are just about 30 minutes from the opening whistles and action getting underway here inside Pucillo Gymnasium. If you are looking to kill some time, all the while get better educated about this year's event, be sure to click on the links below. As lead-in coverage to this year's Championship, LibertyFlames.com posted a different preview article each day … below are the links:
Monday - Liberty Sits Atop Latest D1CW Rankings (includes audio interview with Coach Castro, conducted by Scott Casber of Takedown Wrestling Radio and TV)
Tuesday - News and Advance Runs Feature on Gayeski (includes link to video slideshow)
Wednesday - LU Prepares to Face NCAA East Regional Field (Preview of this year's field)
Thursday - Castro Previews NCAA East Regional Field (Coach Castro breaks down each weight class)
Friday - LU Looks to Take Home Fourth Regional Title

11:56 a.m. – Another item discussed at last night's coaches meeting was the sites of next year's Eastern Regional Duals and the NCAA East Regional Championships. Although no site was determined for the Duals, Liberty was selected as the host site for the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships. The Flames hosted the 2008 championships inside the Vines Center, where Liberty dominated the event. The Flames captured their second-straight title with a 32-point victory over second-place Gardner-Webb (108.5-67.5). Liberty also individually captured six of the 10 weight class championships, earning a program-best six national qualifiers.

11:52 a.m. – At last night's coaches meeting, the seeding for this year's NCAA East Regional Championship was hammered out, under heating debate at times. Below are the top seeds in each weight class, with Liberty leading the pack with five No. 1 seeds:

125 – Michael Slaughter, Gardner-Webb (Liberty's top seed – Jonathan Childress at No. 3)
133 – Joe Pantaleo, Liberty
141 – Scott Clymer, Liberty
149 – Frankie Gayeski, Liberty
157 – Jarrett Hostetter, Millersville (Liberty's top seed – Shaun Smith at No. 2)
165 – Chad Porter, Liberty
174 – Shane Smith, Millersville (Liberty's top seed – Brad Clark at No. 2
184 – Nick Knowles, Liberty
197 – Travis Porter, Gardner-Webb (Liberty's top seed – Jacobi Johnson at No. 2)
285 – Dustin Porter, Gardner-Webb (Liberty's top seed – Josh Pelletier at No. 2)

11:45 a.m. – Weigh-ins have been completed and all 10 of Liberty's grapplers have met their standards and are now warming up. Here is a look at Liberty's starting 10:

125 – Jonathan Childress
133 – Joe Pantaleo
141 – Scott Clymer
149 – Frankie Gayeski
157 – Shaun Smith
165 – Chad Porter
174 – Brad Clark
184 – Nick Knowles
197 – Jacobi Johnson
285 – Josh Pelletier

Yesterday, LibertyFlames.com posted a complete event preview, where we took an in-depth look into each of these 10 grapplers. Please click here if you want to read up on Liberty's starting 10 at this year's NCAA East Regional Championships.