New year brings same goals, expectations for nationally ranked Liberty

Blue Jays open 2019 with road trip to Oklahoma

January 4, 2019

LIBERTY – It’s that time when people establish their New Year’s resolutions.

However, some do not need to make any adjustments with the simple turn of the page of the calendar. Goals and expectations remain the same for the surging Liberty Blue Jays as they make the transition into 2019.

“The goal is a state title. That’s what we’re getting ready for,” senior leader Austin Kolvek said matter of factly. “We’re getting ready to ramp it up and peak at the right time.”

Can Kolvek and Blue Jays be any better? A team on the rise in recent years under the direction of head coach Dustin Brewer, Liberty has reached unprecedented heights this season.

Finding a spot in the MissouriWrestling.com Class 4 state rankings early this season, the Blue Jays quickly ascended to the top of the team standings. Last month Liberty cracked the national polls for the first time in program history.

Then the Jays justified those honors by knocking off perennial powerhouse Park Hill in a high-profile dual before the holiday break followed by a second-place finish at the prestigious Kansas City Stampede, finishing well ahead of the rival Trojans who are ranked No. 2 in the state. It has all added up to the No. 15 spot in the Intermat Fab 50 for Liberty.

“So far I’ve been super happy with how the guys have reacted and how they’re training in the room,” Brewer said. “If we can keep this pace, we will be right where we need to be for districts and state.”

But here’s the deal, coach. Your wrestlers aren’t even looking that far ahead yet.

The only thing on their mind is the first competition in front of them, starting with this weekend’s big tournament in Cushing, Okla., that features more nationally ranked competition. Talk about an ideal situation.

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