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Wrestlers win fifth-place rematch vs. Averett at Virginia Duals

January 11, 2020  |  Hampton, Va. 

Senior 165-pound wrestler Joe Scott won both of his matches on Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Sherry Richmond) test test test test
Senior 165-pound wrestler Joe Scott won both of his matches on Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Sherry Richmond)

Liberty University's men's wrestling team ended competition in this weekend's 40th annual Virginia Duals the same way it started it on Friday morning, with a come-from-behind victory over NCAA Division III Averett University — this time in the fifth-place match of the American College Division on Saturday night at Hampton Coliseum.

Between those two victories, the Flames (6-2) sustained their first two dual match defeats of the season, digging themselves into deep deficits before falling to defending tournament champion Kutztown (Pa.), 32-8, and fellow NCAA Division II program Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.), 25-18.

Already forfeiting at the 133-pound weight class, Liberty lost its 125-pounder, freshman Tristan Walls, to an ankle injury in the loss to Kutztown, so it started each match out of a 12-0 hole.

"Alderson Broaddus was a winnable match, we just didn't wrestle well at all," Flames Head Coach Jesse Castro said. "There is a lot of room for improvement. The upside of it is the guys wrestled with a lot of heart. They didn't lose matches for a lack of effort, but due to mistakes, both positional and technical, and unforced errors."

Senior 174-pounder Cody Richmond and freshman 197-pounder Blake Barrick were Liberty's only winners against Kutztown before junior Chad Cantrell started a rally from a 19-0 deficit against Alderson Broaddus with a 4-2 win over Dalton Pearl at 157 pounds and senior Joe Scott earned a technical fall over Derek Schmidt at 165. But Richmond and 184-pound senior Sam Karel lost back-to-back two-point decisions before senior 197-pounder Austin Amos and junior heavyweight Jeffrey Allen closed out the match with wins.

The Flames erased a 15-0 Averett advantage in the fifth-place final rematch on the strength of seven consecutive triumphs, starting with 149-pound senior Michael Gowan's 12-3 major decision of Caleb Harmon. Cantrell, Scott, 174-pound senior Andrew Burgette, Karel, Amos, and senior heavyweight David Smith closed out the match with victories.

Liberty will host a tri-match with NCAA DIII Southern Virginia University and NAIA West Virginia Tech next Saturday at noon in the LaHaye Multipurpose Center before sending a select squad of wrestlers to Sunday's Shipbuilder Invitational, hosted by NCWA rival The Apprentice School, which placed seventh at the Virginia Duals.

Championship semifinals

Kutztown (Pa.) 32, Liberty 8

125: Joseph Renne (K) d. Tristan Walls, medical forfeit; 133: Connor Yourkavitch (K) by forfeit; 141: Michael Albergo (K) d. Charles Hudson, 11-5; 149: Mike Cusick (K) d. Michael Gowan, 9-3; 157: Chad Haegele (K) d. Chad Cantrell, 3-1; 165: Connor Rogovich (K) t.f. David Over, 17-2; 174: Cody Richmond (L) d. Angelo Bencivenga, 7-6; 184: James Potts (K) d. Ethan Martin, 5-2; 197: Blake Barrick (L) t.f. Anthony Emig, 18-0; 285: Thomas Killoran (K) d. Jeffrey Allen, 4-2.

Records: Kutztown 3-1, Liberty 5-1.

Consolation semifinals

Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.) 25, Liberty 18

125: Noah Hodges (AB) by forfeit; 133: Breandan Coughlin (AB) by forfeit; 141: Curtis Cox (AB) m.d. Charles Hudson, 13-5; 149: Syrus Colon (AB) d. Michael Gowan, 7-5; 157: Chad Cantrell (L) d. Dalton Pearl, 4-2; 165: Joe Scott (L) t.f. Derek Schmidt, 19-2; 174: Josh Dailey (AB) d. Cody Richmond, 7-5; 184: Gino Sita (AB) d. Sam Karel, 9-7; 197: Austin Amos (L) t.f. Alex Eaton, 17-0; 285: Jeffrey Allen (L) d. Jared Burgoyne by injury default, 4:04.

Records: Alderson Broaddus 4-2, Liberty 5-2

Fifth-place match

Liberty 26, Averett 15

125: Samuel Braswell (A) by forfeit; 133: Joseph Jones (A) by forfeit; 141: Brandon Woody (A) d. Charles Hudson, 12-6; 149: Michael Gowen (L) m.d. Caleb Harmon, 12-3; 157: Chad Cantrell (L) d. Tony Blackman, 5-2; 165: Joe Scott (L) m.d. William Merritt, 12-2; 174: Andrew Burgette (L) m.d. Isaiah Deck, 13-1; 184: Sam Karel (L) d. George Moseley, 9-4; 197: Austin Amos (L) t.f. Jonathan Bishop, 15-0; 285: David Smith (L) d. Kowan Lee, 8-4.

Records: Liberty 6-2; Averett 3-6.


By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

Heavyweight David Smith won his only match of the duals in the fifth-place final against Averett.

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