Five Champions Lead Liberty to Repeat as NCWA Champions
ALLEN, Texas – Liberty defended its NCWA title Saturday, and the suspense was gone shortly after the finals matches began. The Flames won their third overall championship and became the sixth team to repeat as NCWA champions in the association’s 22 seasons.
The Flames entered Saturday’s bouts with a 21.5-point lead over rival The Apprentice School, and within three weight classes had expanded the separation enough to clinch the team title. Coupled with its title at the NCWA National Duals and team points earned there, Liberty also claimed the NCWA’s Collegiate Cup as its Grand National champion. The win was Liberty’s third team title in the last five years. All five of Liberty’s finalists won their matches, leaving the rest of the field in its wake.
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Here are the finals matches and results from Saturday night.
125 David Campbell (Grays Harbor College) DEC Colton Messick (The Apprentice School), 2-0
133 Kolin Johnson (The Apprentice School) F Brendan Hazelton (Grand Valley State University), 6:52
141 Danny Buteau (Husson University) DEC Marcos Mercado (Springfield Tech Community College), 3-2 TB2
149 Tyrae Carter (Texas A & M University) MD Zach Blevins (University of Toledo), 11-3
157 Andrew Burgette (Liberty University) DEC Chad Simmons (The Apprentice School), 7-5
165 Jerrod Mullins (Mott Community College) F Mason Brestle (University of Maryland WC), 3:28
174 Samuel Karel (Liberty University) DEC Major Moore (University of Toledo), 5-3
184 Jabari Irons (Florida Gulf Coast University) MD Jerron Thomas (Mott Community College), 17-4
197 Austin Amos (Liberty University) DEC Ross Graham (The Apprentice School), 10-5
235 Jeffrey Allen (Liberty University) MD William Farparan (University of Tampa), 11-3
285 Dominick Johnson (Liberty University) DEC Jesse Gaudin (University of Central Florida), 8-4