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Lib­er­ty 6th, Appren­tice 10th at 43rd Annual Virginia Duals!

| Bryan Knepper

After finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the NWCA Multi-Divisional Duals, long-time Mid-Atlantic Conference rivals, Liberty and Apprentice headed back home to take on some of the top teams from NCAA-D2, NCAA-D3, and NJCAA in the 43rd Annual Virginia Duals in Hampton, VA.

Day 1 Results

Liberty got the #8 seed in the 16-team American Division field and promptly defeated #9 seed Frostburg State (NCAA-D2) 28-13. Winning matches for the Flames were Scheeringa (125), Brown (141), Stewart (157), Over (165), Kaminski (174), Goddard (184), and Miller (197). The next round saw Liberty take on the #1 seed and eventual champion Alvernia University (NCAA-D3). This match ended in a 36-11 defeat with wins by Hayes (184) and Wheeler (285). Garrett Good lost a close 4-1 match in sudden victory to Brandon Flores-Salazar at 149 and 2x defending NCWA Champion Josiah Murphy lost 6-3 to Mauro Pellott at 197.

The Apprentice School received the #10 seed and had to face #7 Belmont Abbey (NCAA-D2) in a rematch from an earlier dual at the Averett Cougar Duals. The Builders won that previous match, but on this day Belmont came out on top 23-16. Winning for Apprentice were Olgers (125), Messick (133), Robins (141), and Uribes (285). Next up, the Builders took on Rowan College of South Jersey (NJCAA) where everyone in the Apprentice lineup won in an convincing 59-0 matchup. Pinning for the Builders was Robins (141), Alves (149), Norris (157), Seaton (174), Henson (197), and Uribes (285).

A full box score can be seen HERE.

Day 2 Results

Liberty would once again get in the win column facing off against a tough Centenary University (NCAA-D3) with a 29-22 victory. Winning for the Flames were Good (149), Stewart (157), Over (165), Goddard (184), Murphy (197), and Wheeler (285). In the 5th place match, Liberty would come up just short to King University (NCAA-D2) 29-18. Winning in defeat were Scheeringa (125), Stewart (157), Kaminski (174), and Murphy (197.

Apprentice won 6 matches out of 10 against former NCWA Penn College of Technology (NCAA-D3). Winning for the Builders were Olgers (125), Robins (141), Alves (149), Kissell (165), Seaton (184), and Henson (197). In the 9th place match, the Builders would come up short against Frostburg State (NCAA-D2) needing only 1 decision to flip in order to win the dual, losing 25-21. Winning for the Builders were Robins (141), Kissell (165), Seaton (184), and Uribes (285). Close losses included Dillon Messick to Thierno Diallo 13-9 at 133, David Norris to Mason Buckler 2-0 at 157, and Matthew Henson to William Applegarth 14-10 at 197.

A full box score can be seen HERE.