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Wrestling Releases 2010-11 Schedule

September 8, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames will host the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships at the Vines Center.

The Flames will host the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships at the Vines Center.

2010-11 Wrestling Schedule

The four-time defending NCAA East Regional Champion Liberty wrestling squad will face a mix of new and old opponents for the 2010-11 season. The schedule, which covers the calendar from November to March, will take the Flames from coast to coast and is highlighted by the grapplers hosting the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships at the Vines Center.

The Flames, under the fifth year of direction from two-time D1CW East Region Coach of the Year Jesse Castro, will open the 2010-11 schedule with a new event at the Terrapin Duals at College Park, Md., on Nov. 6. The duals will match the Flames up against McDaniel and Johns Hopkins for the first time, while this will be the third matchup in history against Maryland, and the first since 1992.

The following weekend, Liberty will face another new opponent in Chattanooga, when the Flames travel to Tennessee for a dual on Nov. 14.

The Flames will finish the month on Nov. 22 by competing in Philadelphia, Pa. in the Keystone Classic, where they will look to defend their title after placing first last year out of nine teams. Penn acts as host for this event.

The second month of the season will see Liberty compete in four events. First off, the team will compete in a quad match hosted by Princeton on Dec. 3. Other competitors in this event include Binghamton and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

December 11 will allow the grapplers to display their skills to their home crowd for the first time during the season, when Liberty will host NCAA East Region foe Campbell in the Vines Center.

Next, on Dec. 19, the Flames are scheduled to compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev. for the fifth straight year. Last season, however, Liberty was unable to participate due to weather which ruined travel plans.

After a brief break for Christmas, Liberty returns to the mats in Greensboro, N.C. for the Southern Scuffle on Dec. 29-30. This will mark the fourth-straight appearance in the event hosted by UNC Greensboro. The past two years, the Flames have finished 16th out of 31 teams.

The first event of 2011 will take the Flames to Virginia Beach, Va., to compete in the Virginia Duals. The duals will take place on Jan. 7-8 and will welcome Liberty to full-time dual competition.

Liberty will receive a brief hiatus until its next dual, which won't be until Jan. 21, when the Flames travel to Annapolis, Md. to face Navy. From this point on, however, the Flames will face a busy schedule.

Just two days later (Jan. 23), Liberty will close out the month of January when it faces Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. Bucknell has proven to be a formidable opponent in the past, with the Bison being victorious in the last three duals, including last season's 30-15 victory in the Vines Center.

The month of February will bring a full slate of six duals. The first will come on Feb. 2, when the Flames travel to Greensboro, N.C. for the second time on the season to face UNC Greensboro. The Flames will look to avenge a 23-15 loss in last season's dual against the Spartans.

Once again, the Flames will have a short lay-off and will have to return to the mats just two days later (Feb. 4), when they will travel to Millersville, Pa. to compete in the NCAA East Regional Duals, which previews the NCAA East Regional Qualifier in March. Last season's duals were another scheduled event affected by weather, resulting in no team champion being crowned because only three teams were able to travel safely to compete. The Flames, however, were champions the previous two years when all regional squads were able to compete.

The Flames' remaining schedule will keep them close to home, with three of their final four duals taking place on their home campus. On Feb. 10 Liberty will welcome George Mason to the Schilling Center. In last year's matchup between the programs, the Patriots came out victorious, 30-10.

Three days later (Feb. 13), the Keydets of VMI will come to the Vines Center to take on the Flames' grapplers, with the Flames looking to move to 5-0 against VMI in the last five years.

Liberty will then travel to face Virginia Tech on Feb. 17, before the Flames finish off the regular season at home by hosting Appalachian State in the Vines Center on Feb. 22. The Flames will be looking for their third consecutive win over the Mountaineers, including last season's 25-10 win which also wrapped up the regular season schedule.

The season's schedule will look to help out the Flames when they compete in the NCAA East Regional Championship, which will take place in the Vines Center on March 6. The Flames are the four-time defending regional champions and will look to advance farther into the postseason once again.

The Flames will also look to send additional competitors to the NCAA National Wrestling Championship, which will be hosted by Rider in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 17-19. Since reinstating the program four years ago, the Flames have sent 20 grapplers to the national event, and are one of only 32 Division I programs to accomplish this feat.