Three Flames wrestle their way to finals at Lindenwood Open
November 18, 2017 | St. Charles, Mo.
Liberty University freshman 165-pound wrestler David Cox advanced to the Black Division championship match of Saturday's Lindenwood Open, held at Hyland Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
The Flames sent many of their top wrestlers to the event, formerly called the Joe Parisi Open, with no team scores kept. Several others will travel to Roanoke for Sunday's Star City Tournament.
Cox started his run through the championship bracket with an 11-8 decision over Purdue's Laine Frazee before edging McKendree's Kevin Zange, 8-6, and Marion's Brett Johnson, 4-3, to advance to the semifinals. There, he scored a 6-1 decision over Benedictine's Evan Solis before losing by 10-2 major decision to Ohio's Anthony Mantanona in the final.
In the 174-pound Black Division, Flames sophomore Sam Karel received a first-round bye before scoring an 8-5 decision over Davenport's Sam Greco. He lost a 16-6 major decision to Marion's Chris Simmons to fall to the consolation bracket, where he won five consecutive matches to reach the third-place final.
Karel earned a 10-9 decision over Missouri Valley's Nicholas Whitehead before decisioning Cumberland's John Olivieri, 7-4, and Joliet Junior College's Adrian Cervantes, 6-4. He advanced by forfeit over Tanner Webster before earning an 11-7 decision over Northeastern Oklahoma's Carlos Diaz to reach the consolation final, where he fell to Lincoln College's Brian Holloway.
Liberty junior 197-pound co-captain Taylor Westlake also wrestled his way through the consolation bracket to reach the third-place bout before dropping an 8-3 decision to Northeastern Oklahoma's Gus Boyd. After receiving a first-round bye, Westlake lost his first match by 12-10 decision to Northeastern Oklahoma's Jordan Dieringer before winning his first two consolation matches by fall — in 6 minutes, 1 second over Ellsworth Community College's Austin Angle and 1:43 over Davenport's Jacob Holmes. He qualified for the third-place bout with a 17-8 major decision over Central Missouri's Dominique Hampton.
At heavyweight, Flames junior co-captain Dominick Johnson slipped to the consolation bracket with a 2-1 loss to Oklahoma State's Cornelius Putnam before winning three consolation matches — by 3-2 decisions over Northeastern Oklahoma's Ben Elledge and Davenport's Cody Curnutt and third-period pin of Marion's Derek Lewis in 6:00. He was eliminated after coming up on the short end of a 3-1 decision to Maryville (Mo.) University's top-seeded Logan Radik.
Complete results are available online.