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Flames advance to Virginia Duals championship semifinals

January 12, 2018  |  Hampton, Va. 

Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro huddles with his team in the Flames' practice room during a fall workout. test test test test
Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro huddles with his team in the Flames' practice room during a fall workout.

Competing in only its third dual meet of the 2017-18 season, Liberty University's men's wrestling team opened action in the American Collegiate Division of the 38th annual Virginia Duals with a 33-15 triumph over Greensboro, Friday afternoon at the Hampton Coliseum.

The Flames overcame an early 9-0 deficit following losses at the 125 and 133 weight classes to win three of the next four bouts by forfeit, pin, or technical fall. Sophomore 157-pounder Andrew Burgette started the swing of momentum with a 16-1 triumph over Conan Wilson to cut the team deficit to 12-11 before freshman Joseph Scott gave Liberty the lead by decking Quaevon Cannon in 2 minutes, 21 seconds.

After Liberty sophomore Luke Ely dropped a 6-5 decision to Tyron Dudley at 174 and the Flames picked up another forfeit win at 184, junior captain Taylor Westlake scored a 9-0 major decision over Carlos Ortega at 197 pounds before junior captain Dominick Johnson concluded the match by pinning Greensboro heavyweight Mykel Williams in 4:45. 

Liberty advances to Saturday's 2 p.m. championship semifinal round match against Ferrum, a team that has drilled the Flames by 40-7 and 36-6 scores the past two seasons. The Panthers were 33-12 winners over Alderson-Broaddus in Friday's first round.

Complete brackets and results are available online and will be updated live through Saturday's brackets, scheduled to conclude with championship round matches at 8:30 p.m.

Men's Wrestling Links
Schedule
Results
Feb 21, 7:00 PM - Lynchburg, VA
vs.
Men's Wrestling
Coker College
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Men's Wrestling
vs. Coker College
Feb 21, 7:00 PM - Lynchburg, VA

Men's Wrestling
vs. Mid Atlantic Conference
Feb 29, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Men's Wrestling
at NCWA Grand Nationals
Mar 12, 9:00 AM - Allen Event Center, Allen, TX

Men's Wrestling
at NCWA Grand Nationals
Mar 13, 9:00 AM - Allen Event Center, Allen, TX

Men's Wrestling
at NCWA Grand Nationals
Mar 14, 9:00 AM - Allen Event Center, Allen, TX

Full Schedule

Feb 8
Men's Wrestling
at Messiah Open
6 Athletes Adv.

Jan 25
Men's Wrestling
vs. NCWA National Duals
1st place finish

Jan 24
Men's Wrestling
vs. NCWA National Duals
1st place finish

Jan 19
Men's Wrestling
at Ship Builder Invitational
1st place finish

Jan 18
Men's Wrestling
vs. Quad Meet
2-0 record

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