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Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s wrestling team is shaping up to be one team that nobody wants to see this weekend at District duals.

The Hurricanes had little trouble taking third place at the East Penn Conference wrestling championship day Saturday at Easton Area Middle School with a convincing 43-21 over Easton.

In the win over Easton, Liberty throttled the Rovers with five falls, a forfeit and a major decision as Kevin Hennessy (182), Damen Moyer (195), Jaden Freeman (HWT), Tal-Reese Flemming (106) and Matt Maloney (113) picked up falls in five of the first seven bouts to put Liberty ahead 30-8 and they never looked back.

“On paper I had this a whole lot closer than this, but thankfully we don’t wrestle matches on paper,” said head coach Jody Karam. “Our guys are a very tough group and they’re pretty resilient. I think they got pretty fired up from the start we had and rode it home for the win.”

Liberty (17-1) now enters this week’s D11 3A tournament as the second-seed when Thursday’s opening round action pits them against the winner of the Blue Mountain-East Stroudsburg South matchup earlier that night.

A win on Thursday would set up the most intriguing matchup of the tournament Saturday morning with a semifinal date with third-seeded Nazareth (13-2).

This would be the first encounter for both teams this season with a spot in the finals on the line.

Handling Easton the way they did last Saturday will surely add more confidence to the group as they march into duals with the goal of gaining bid to Hershey for the state duals.

“This team is one of the best I’ve ever coached,” Karam said. “I think they’re starting to believe they’re half way decent and that they can wrestle with anyone and that’s going to be important if we want to achieve our goals this weekend.”

Freedom (13-7) pounded Whitehall 52-9 on Saturday as part of the EPC championship day. The Patriots also qualified for district duals, as they meet Easton at 6 p.m. Thursday night at Liberty with the winner squaring off against Bethlehem Catholic in the 7:30pm nightcap.

Freedom lost their first encounter with the Rovers 40-25 this season.