Laurinburg, NC-- #12 ranked heavyweight Denzel Vaughan was able to pin his Liberty University opponent in the first period to complete SAU'S comeback and lead them to the upset win 23-21 over the Division 1 club on senior night in Harris Court.
After freshman Jared Key (197) dominated his opponent by technical fall 22-7 to cut the Flames lead to 21-17, Vaughan stepped to the mat and promptly took the Liberty Flame down three times en route to an easy fall and 6 points to send the home crowd into a frenzy as the gym erupted with excitement.
Vaughan now improves to 11-2 on the year while Key, who is 14-9 and has won 11 of his last 14 matches, led the team tonight by scoring 9 takedowns and is now third on the team with 35.
Standout junior lightweight Chauncey Foster got the Knights off to a fast start as he thoroughly dominated his opponent on the strength of 8 takedowns to win 21-6 and give SAU a 5-0 lead. Foster now leads the knights with 52 takedowns on the season.
Senior Josh Tegard then put on a great show as his 5 takedowns were enough to bag 4 team points as he routed his opponent 11-3 in his best performance of the season. Fellow senior Sterling Perry then followed that up with a solid 4-0 victory.
After some losses in the next few weights to Liberty's heart of the lineup, SAU freshman Denzel Leggett then came out and came within inches of getting his first pin of the season as he used a beautiful arm toss to throw his opponent to the mat. Leggett, however, would not be able to snag the pin and fell 13-6 in a hard-fought bout.
Liberty, a NCAA Division one athletic school, but now competes in the NCWA, is only three years removed from winning the NCAA Div. 1 East Region and is by far one of the best wins by Head Coach Joe Baranik and his SAU Grapplers!!
St. Andrews, now 6-10, has canceled theri dual match at rival Newport News Apprentice this weekend and will now prepare themselves for next Saturday's Qualifying Tournament on Feb. 16 for the NAIA East National Qualifier which will determine who qualifies for the NAIA National tournament. The tournament is set to get underway at 9 am.
Results: SAU 23, Liberty 21
125- Chauncey Foster (SAU) won by tech fall over Jeremy Beale 21-6 7:00
133- Josh Tegard (SAU) maj. dec. Carey Caprio 11-3
141- Sterling Perry (SAU) dec. Josh Sanders 4-0
149- Peter Crawford (LU) maj. dec. Kody Getkin (SAU) 10-1
157- Miguel Rodriguez (LU) maj. dec. James Green (SAU) 14-1
165- Bobby Clymer (LU) won by forfeit
174- Keyshaun Ward (LU) maj. dec. Russell Lindsay (SAU) 10-1
184- Josh Sturgill LU) dec. Denzel Leggett (SAU) 13-6
197- Jared Key (SAU) tech fall Jacob Hood 22-7 (7:00)
285- Denzel Vaughan (SAU) pinned Josh Travers (LU) 2:06