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Liberty Hosts Campbell Saturday
Liberty wrestling continues dual action Saturday afternoon, as the Flames are set to host fellow NCAA East Region member Campbell at 4 p.m. inside the Schilling Center. The dual is the first of four home duals on the Flames' slate this season, in addition to hosting duties for the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships.
Since the reinstatement of the program for the 2006-07 season, the Flames have posted a 13-5-1 record in home matches. During the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons, the program went unblemished on Liberty Mountain, posting 5-0 and 3-0 records, respectively. The home record since 2006-07 includes a 5-1 mark in matches inside the Schilling Center.
The Flames are coming off a 1-1 showing at the Princeton Tri Match on Dec. 3, where they dropped the opening dual with Binghamton, 25-13, before defeating the host Tigers, 28-15.
Through a month of grappling, the Flames have posted a 5-3 dual meet record. Three of those wins came on the opening weekend of competition, when Liberty went 3-1 at the Terrapin Duals in College Park, Md.
Thompson continued his early season streak in Princeton, picking up his sixth and seventh consecutive victories. His lone loss came in his first bout of the season, where he dropped a 9-0 major decision to West Virginia's Kyle Rooney. Thompson's wins have come in a variety of forms, including five decisions, a pin and a major decision.
Pelletier's two victories kept him as leader of the squad in overall victories with nine. The two victories also pushed him to a 6-1 record in dual matches, where he has scored a team-leading 28 points for the Flames.
The matchup with Campbell this weekend is the 15th between the programs, with Liberty claiming each of the previous 14 meetings. The last meeting with Campbell came on Feb. 2, 2010 at the NCAA East Region Duals, where the Flames earned the 38-4 win.
The Camels have come into the 2010-11 season under the new direction of first-year head coach, Joe Boardwine, who took the helm of the program in July.
Campbell has had limited competition this season, only wrestling in one dual and one tournament. On Nov. 6, the Camels dropped their season-opening dual with Drexel, 36-13, while producing a seventh-place finish at the Navy Classic on Nov. 20.
The lone wins in the match with Drexel came from a 7-6 decision by Peter Comis at 174 pounds and a 14-4 major decision from Parker Burns at heavyweight, while Bidelspach won by forfeit at 125 pounds to give the Camels their total of 13 points.
At the Navy Classic, Parker Burns (HWT) and Tanner Bidelspach (125 pounds) each placed for the Camels. Burns went 2-2 at the event, posting a 3-1 sudden victory over Franklin and Marshall's Daniel Canfield and a win by fall (4:41) over Hunter Manspile of George Mason to place fourth. Bidelspach went 1-2 on the day with a 4-0 decision against Jericho Urmenita of Navy to finish in sixth.
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Probable Starting Lineups - LU vs. Campbell (2010-11 Record)
125 – Joel Stafford (5-4) vs. Tanner Bidelspach (2-2)
133 – T. J. Mitchell (5-5) vs. Gabe Gardner (0-2)
141 – Joey Montgomery (4-2) vs. Brad Merriman (0-3)
149 – Scott Clymer (6-4) vs. Darien Peele (0-3)
157 – Julian Colon (3-4) vs. Jake Fose (0-0)
165 – Chad Porter (2-1) vs. Joel Caudill (0-3)
174 – Royal Brettrager II (7-5) vs. Peter Comis (1-2)
184 – Marcus Nielson (2-2) vs. John Merickel (1-3) / Justin Sparrow (0-3)
197 – Aaron Thompson (7-1) vs. John Merickel (1-3) / Justin Sparrow (0-3)
HWT – Josh Pelletier (9-3) vs. Parker Burns (3-2)