KANSAS CITY – As it turns out, 2019 has started the same way 2018 ended for the Liberty Blue Jays: with another victory.
Top-rated Liberty remained undefeated on the season with a key 35-27 dual match victory Tuesday, Jan. 8, at neighboring rival Staley. Not only that, the Blue Jays moved one step closer to claiming their third consecutive Suburban Red Conference championship.
“Conference definitely means something, especially when we have to beat these guys and several other quality teams in our conference ” Liberty head coach Dustin Brewer said. “This is one of goals, and we’re going to keep working toward it.”
All the Blue Jays need is one more victory to secure the league crown. But they will have to wait until later this month when then lock horns with crosstown challenger Liberty North.
Liberty, the No. 1 team in the MissouriWrestling.com Class 4 standings, remains sitting on top of the conference standings thanks to yet another noteworthy win. This latest one comes against No. 7 Staley, a perennial power that finished third in the state team chase last year after claiming the state championship in 2017.
Starting in the 195-pound weight class, Staley opened an early 15-8 lead by winning three of the first five matches of the night. Jared Neel (220 pounds), a state-medal winner in Kansas last year, got the Falcons rolling with a first-period pin that improved his impressive record to 26-3. Presten Wiss (285) followed with a second-period pin, and Jackson Murray (113) scored a 10-3 victory by decision.