No. 1 Liberty braces for biggest challenge to date

Blue Jays dominate home tri-dual in first competition after cracking national poll

December 19, 2018

LIBERTY – It’s official. Liberty High School’s wrestling program has reached uncharted territory.

One of the most notable early season success stories in the Show-Me State this season has been the rapid ascent of the Blue Jays, now ranked as MissouriWrestling.com’s No. 1 Class 4 team. That story added another chapter when Liberty captured the team championship at the high-profile Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic earlier this month in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in turn cracked Intermat’s Fab 50, coming in as the No. 38-ranked high school wrestling team in the entire country in the latest national poll.

“I’m super proud of the guys,” Liberty Head Coach Dustin Brewer said. “As hard as they work, and all the things they’re doing right now, there’s no doubt they deserve it.”

Now Brewer’s team just has to prove it on the mat. And needless to say, they will have the chance to do exactly that this week.

Liberty first braces for a highly anticipated Kansas City showdown Thursday, Dec. 20, at perennial powerhouse Park Hill, a program that has been nationally ranked the past several years and currently stands at No. 13 in the country. Then the Blue Jays will turn right around and compete in the prestigious Kansas City Stampede this weekend.

“We’re just excited,” Brewer stated. “The challenge of this week is one of our biggest challenges of the year. We’re excited to be able to compete, and we look forward to it.”

It’s safe to say the Blue Jays will be chomping at the bit.

Liberty recently had a nine-day layoff before hosting its final home meet of the season on Senior Night on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Liberty High School Fieldhouse, and the competitors showed no signs of rust.

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