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Clymer Loses to End Run at NCAA Tourney
Scott Clymer, Liberty's lone survivor to advance to the championships' second day, dropped his bout early Friday morning, bringing his and the Flames run at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships to a close.
Liberty entered the event with six national qualifiers on Thursday, tying a program record. However, five of the six went 0-2 on Thursday to leave Clymer as Liberty's only grappler to see second-day action.
Clymer, the Flames' qualifier at 141 pounds, opened yesterday with a 3-2 upset of No. 12 seed Adin Duenas of Cal State Fullerton, marking the program's fourth win over a seeded foe and the eighth grappler to win in the championship rounds.
However, his run in the championship bracket came to an end on Thursday night, as Lehigh's Seth Ciasulli scored a two-point takedown to overtake Clymer, 6-5, and send Liberty's redshirt sophomore into the wrestleback bracket.
Clymer was looking to become the third Flame in the last three seasons to advance to the Round of 16; however, he saw his first trip to the national championship come to an end, when he suffered a 12-7 decision loss to Purdue's Juan Archuleta on Friday morning.
The Big Ten automatic qualifier led from the onset, scoring a quick takedown within the opening seconds, getting his right arm behind Clymer's head.
Clymer managed to escape, but by the end of the first period, he found himself in a 6-2 hole, as Archuleta added a second takedown and two near-fall points.
Clymer stayed within striking distance in the opening seconds of the middle period, reversing control out of the down position to get within two, 6-4. However, Archuleta reversed control and regained the two points. Clymer scored an escape with 45 seconds left, but trailed 8-5 after five minutes of action.
Starting out of the down position, Archuleta sealed his 28th victory of the year with a final period reversal, a third takedown to record the decision win.
The loss by Clymer brought the redshirt freshman's season to a close, ending his best year with the Flames.
As a freshman, Clymer finished the 2007-08 season with an 18-20; however, this go-around enabled the Germansville, Pa., native to earn a national qualifier and eclipse the 20-win mark for the first time in his career. With a 20-12 record on the season, Clymer will return to Liberty for his third season with a 41-36 career record.
For the second-straight season, the Flames will finish the national championships with two team points, thanks to Clymer's championship bracket victory, yesterday morning.
The Flames finished Session III in a four-way tie for 56th place, sharing the spot with Appalachian State, N.C. State and Northwester.
Since returning to the mats following a 12-year hiatus from competition, Liberty has finished inside the Top 60 at each of the last four national championships.
The Flames' best finish under head coach Jesse Castro came in 2007, when Liberty tied for 49th place with three points. Liberty's best finish in program history came in 1991, when three national qualifiers helped earn five team points, which allowed Liberty to finish in 41st place.