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Flames Wrestling Takes Three In First Home Match Since 1994
With the Flames' sweep on the afternoon, Liberty improves its record to 7-4 on the year in its return season of wrestling as the University is fielding its first wrestling team since 1994.
Liberty started the day with a 26-14 win over Newberry, followed by a 29-14 victory over James Madison to account for the second time that Liberty has defeated the Dukes this year. The Flames closed out the quad meet with a 27-16 win over Campbellsville.
Highlighting the day's action for Liberty was heavyweight Patrick Walker with two pins and a major decision, pushing his individual record to 9-1 on the year. Tim Harner followed at 141 pounds with three victories of his own, two by major decision, while Chad Porter (165 pounds) was also perfect on the day with three victories to push his record to 12-4 on the year.
In other action around the Vines Center, Newberry finished the day with a 2-1 record, Campbellsville was 1-2 and James Madison finished the afternoon 0-3.
In the opening session against Newberry, the Flames dominated the beginning of the match behind the strength of two major decisions and an early fall. Sean Katz started things off with a pin at 3:11 over Chauncey McElheney at 125 pounds, followed by a 3-1 decision in favor of Newberry's Brian Callinan over Zachary McCray at 133 pounds.
Harner started a Liberty run at 141 pounds with an 8-0 major decision over Latra Collick and Aaron Kelley continued things for the Flames with a 15-2 major decision over Matt Black at 149 pounds, giving Liberty a 14-2 edge after a point was deducted from Newberry's total for unsportsmanlike conduct.
At 157 pounds, Shaun Smith got a 7-1 decision over Dustin Harvey, followed by Chad Porter picking up a hard-fought 3-0 decision at 165 pounds, pushing Liberty's lead to 20-2.
However, Newberry made the opening session a match with two decisions and a fall in the next three weight classes, starting with a close 3-2 decision in favor of Quinn Tolbert over Kyle Walters at 174 pounds.
At 184 pounds, Keeno Griffin pulled Newberry to within 12, 20-8, with a 9-5 decision over Chris Daggett, followed by Kelly Anderson pinning Rory Bosek 1:25 into the match at 197 pounds, closing Liberty's lead to six points, 20-14.
However, Walker ended the Tigers' run as the heavyweight pinned his third opponent of the season, Cy Wainwright, with seven seconds left in the match at 6:53 to give Liberty the 26-14 victory.
The second session of the day provided the closest matches of the event, including Liberty's 29-14 win over in-state opponent James Madison. The Flames and the Dukes traded the first four weight classes, starting with Katz's 5-3 decision over Nhat Nguyen at 125 followed by an 8-1 match in favor of JMU's Brandon Luce over McCray at 133 pounds.
Harner gave the Flames an early edge as he picked up a 12-3 major decision win over Jimmy Mitchum at 141 pounds, while a late reversal by Nick Broccoli gave the Duke a 7-6 win over Kelley at 149 pounds.
James Madison took its first lead of the match as Scott Yorko got a 7-5 decision over Smith at 157 pounds, giving the Dukes a 9-7 edge. But the home team took control of the match with a decision and three pins to post its second win of the day.
Porter got Liberty's run started with a 10-2 decision over Jeff Jacobs at 165 pounds, followed by Kyle Walters' pin of Ivan Lagares 1:48 into the 174 pound match. Walters' teammate Daggett gave Liberty its second-straight pin seven seconds better as he pinned Dan Rafeedie at 1:37 at 184 pounds to push the Flames' advantage to 23-9.
Marcus Bartley got a 17-2 technical fall win over Bosek at 197 pounds, before Walker closed out the match with his second pin of the afternoon in 48 seconds over Patrick Finch to top off Liberty's 29-14 win.
In the final session of the day, Liberty jumped out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back en route to the 27-16 win over Campbellsville. Katz picked up a forfeit win at 125 pounds, followed by a 7-4 decision by Sam Walters at 133 pounds over Jacob Murton.
Harner pinned MarcAntoni Macias in the first round (2:45) to give Liberty the 15-0 lead. Campbellsville took the next two weight classed by decision to close the gap as Jarius Murton edged out Aaron Kelley in a 3-2 decision at 149 pounds, followed by a 13-2 major decision by David Clemens over Smith at 157 pounds, allowing Campbellsville to trim Liberty's lead to 15-7.
Porter and Kyle Walters quickly extended the lead as Porter picked up a 18-3 technical fall win over James Linker at 165 pounds, followed by Walters 4-1 win over John Lowery at 165 pounds.
Campbellsville attempted to stay in the match as Josh Deadrick picked up a 4-1 decision over Daggett at 184 pounds and Glen Jackson pinned Bosek in the first (1:45) at 197 pounds. But Walker capped off his perfect day with an 8-0 major decision in over Chad Brown at heavyweight.
The Flames will take a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday as they next will take to the mats on December 2 when they travel to York, Pa., to participate in the Spartan Invitational hosted by York College. The following day, Liberty will travel to State College, Pa., to take part in the Penn State Open.
Liberty 26, Newberry 14
125 Sean Katz (LU) fall Chauncey McElheney (NU), 3:11 LU – 6-0
133 Brian Callinan (NU) dec. Zachary McCray (LU), 3-1 LU – 6-3
141 Tim Harner (LU) major dec. Latra Collick (NU), 8-0 LU – 10-3
149 Aaron Kelley (LU) major dec. Matt Black (NU), 15-2 LU – 14-2 (NU minus one team point)
157 Shaun Smith (LU) dec. Dustin Harvey (NU), 7-1 LU – 17-2
165 Chad Porter (LU) dec. Brandon Kelly (NU), 3-0 LU – 20-2
174 Quinn Tolbert (NU) dec. Kyle Walters (LU), 3-2 LU – 20-5
184 Keeno Griffin (NU) dec. Chris Daggett (LU), 10-5 LU – 20-8
197 Kelly Anderson (NU) fall Rory Bosek (LU), 1:25 LU – 20-14
HWT Patrick Walker (LU) fall Cy Wainwright (NU), 6:53 LU – 26-14
Liberty 29, James Madison 14
125 Sean Katz (LU) dec. Nhat Nguyen (JMU), 5-3 LU – 3-0
133 Brandon Luce (JMU) dec. Zachary McCray (LU), 8-1 Tied – 3-3
141 Tim Harner (LU) major dec. Jimmy Mitchum (JMU), 12-3 LU – 7-3
149 Nick Broccoli (JMU) dec. Aaron Kelley (LU), 7-6 LU – 7-6
157 Scott Yorko (JMU) dec. Shaun Smith (LU), 7-5 JMU – 9-7
165 Chad Porter (LU) dec. Jeff Jacobs (JMU), 10-2 LU – 11-9
174 Kyle Walters (LU) fall Ivan Lagares (JMU), 1:48 LU – 17-9
184 Chris Daggett (LU) fall Dan Rafeedie (JMU), 1:37 LU – 23-9
197 Marcus Bartley (JMU) tech. fall Rory Bosek (LU), 17-2 LU – 23-14
HWT Patrick Walker (LU) fall Patrick Finch (JMU), 0:48 LU – 29-14
Liberty 27, Campbellsville 16
125 Sean Katz (LU) win by forfeit LU – 6-0
133 Sam Walters (LU) dec. Jacob Murton (CC), 7-4 LU – 9-0
141 Tim Harner (LU) fall MarcAntoni Macias (CC), 2:45 LU – 15-0
149 Jarius Murton (CC) dec. Aaron Kelley (LU), 3-2 LU – 15-3
157 David Clemens (CC) major dec. Shaun Smith (LU), 13-2 LU – 15-7
165 Chad Porter (LU) tech. fall James Linker (CC), 18-3 LU – 20-7
174 Kyle Walters (LU) dec. John Lowery (CC), 4-1 LU – 23-7
184 Josh Deadrick (CC) dec. Chris Daggett (LU), 4-1 LU – 23-10
197 Glen Jackson (CC) fall Rory Bosek (LU), 1:45 LU – 23-16
HWT Patrick Walker (LU) major dec. Chad Brown (CC), 8-0 LU – 27-16
Other Team Results
Campbellsville 27, James Madison 9
Newberry 31, Campbellsville 18
Newberry 22, James Madison 13