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Flames Finished 24th at Southern Scuffle

December 30, 2007  Greensboro, N.C.  RSS
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Coach Castro's Flames finished 24th at the Southern Scuffle.

Coach Castro's Flames finished 24th at the Southern Scuffle.

Competing in their third strong event of the month, the Flames placed 24th out of 29 teams at the Southern Scuffle, Saturday and Sunday, hosted by UNC Greensboro at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The field of 29 teams included six nationally ranked programs and 52 ranked individual grapplers. Among the ranked teams were No. 4 Minnesota, No. 14 Edinboro, No. 15 Hofstra, No. 17 Cornell, No. 21 Navy, No. 22 Maryland and No. 24 Old Dominion.

Scott Clymer and Julian Colon were the only two Liberty wrestlers to record multiple victories during the two-day event.

Clymer, wrestling at 141 pounds, opened the tournament with a 9-2 decision over Gardner-Webb's Chas Franz, followed by a narrow 7-6 decision loss to eventual weight class second-place finisher Charles Griffin of Hofstra.

In the consolation bracket, Clymer started with a 17-2 technical fall win over George Mason's John Delgado, before being eliminated from the Scuffle by a 7-5 decision loss to Boston University's Joey Whitaker.

Colon also opened his run at the event with a victory, defeating Hofstra's Richard Muzikar in a 6-4 decision, before suffering a 15-3 major decision loss to Boston University's Carlo Ferrandino. Colon was awarded a victory by medical default to open the consolation round, followed by a 3-2 decision loss to Appalachian State's Eddie Hutchinson.

Other Liberty wrestlers to post victories during the two-day event included T.J. Mitchell (133 pounds), Shaun Smith (157 pounds), Chris Daggett (184 pounds) and Jacobi Johnson (197 pounds).

Highlighting the quartet of single-match winners was Mitchell's 13-5 major decision victory over Boston University's Ryan Goddu, Smith's 8-2 decision win over Virginia Tech's Mark Czarny and Daggett's 9-6 decision against North Carolina's Nick Tenpenny.

The Flames return to action on Saturday when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., to compete in the Virginia State Intercollegiates, hosted by Virginia. Last year, Liberty placed third out of seven teams at the Commonwealth classic with Christian Smith and Tim Harner claiming individual weight class championships at 125 and 141 pounds, respectively.

Harner was named the event's Outstanding Wrestling, following an unblemished 4-0 record, while Smith claimed his weight class with a perfect 3-0 mark.

Other Liberty grapplers to place in the intra-state event included Sam Walters (fourth place at 133 pounds), Aaron Kelley (fifth place at 149 pounds), Shaun Smith (fourth place at 157 pounds), Chad Porter (third at 165 pounds), Joseph Son (sixth at 165 pounds), Rory Bosek (sixth at 197 pounds) and Josh Pelletier (sixth at heavyweight).