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Liberty men's wrestlers place seventh at Star City Classic

November 17, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Liberty freshman Rick Weaver finished 4-0 to capture his second heavyweight title in three tournaments so far this fall. test test test test
Liberty freshman Rick Weaver finished 4-0 to capture his second heavyweight title in three tournaments so far this fall.

Liberty University's men's wrestling team posted six top-five finishes and placed seventh — right in the middle of the pack of 13 schools — at Sunday's Star City Classic, an individual tournament held on the same Salem Civic Center mats as Saturday's Southeast Duals.

The Flames scored 73 points to wind up behind Otterbein (Ohio) University (160.5), tournament host Ferrum College (126), Elizabethtown (Pa.) College (118.5), Mount Olive (N.C., 117.5), Averett (92.5) and NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference rival Apprentice School (88.5). Liberty landed on top of Washington & Lee (65), Greensboro (53), Huntingdon (32), Millikin (31), East Carolina (25.5), and Southwest Virginia Community College (23).

Freshman Rick Weaver, one of four Flames entered in the heavyweight (285-pound) class, went 4-0 to earn the individual championship, pinning Ferrum's George Mitchell 42 seconds into the semifinal before earning a 9-4 decision over Mount Olive's Ogden Atwood in the final.

Freshman Blake Barrick went 4-1 at 197 to place fifth.

Sophomores Alex Hicks (2-2) and Josiah Murphy (4-1) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at 285 while graduate David Smith went 2-2 but did not place.

At 174 pounds, senior Cody Richmond (2-1) captured third place, winning his consolation final by pin in 2:18 over Washington & Lee's Andrew Taylor. Ethan Martin went 2-2 to claim fourth place at 184 while fellow freshman Blake Barrick finished 4-1 at 197 to finish fifth.

The Flames entered two more wrestlers at 197, sophomores Jesse Redding (2-2) and Sean Gillespie (1-2), and two at 157, freshman David Over and sophomore Ian McIlhenny, who both went 0-2.

Complete results are available online.

"We wrestled hard in the tournament, but the guys were not executing the fundamentals we are drilling in the room," Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro said. "We've got to learn how to close out a match."

"Our younger guys wrestled hard in every match, but not necessarily smart," Liberty Assistant Coach Chris Williamson added. "I think this weekend will end up being a catalyst for massive improvement for our lineup from top to bottom."

Next weekend, Liberty will send a select squad to the Lindenwood Open in St. Louis, where the Flames will challenge a number of wrestlers from NCAA Division I programs in an individual tournament format.


By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

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