Liberty Christian wrestling wins dual state championship

Liberty Christian wrestling wins dual state championship

by Vivian Nichols

After hard-fought battles, the Liberty Christian wrestlers came away as the overall winner at the Dual State Championship Jan. 22 at McKinney Christian Academy.

“We are gracious in our victory and would like to thank the LORD for His strength, perseverance, fearlessness, and love to our athletes,” said Coach Hunter Field. “We are proud to say that in defeating our opponents, we used sportsmanship and respect to do so.”

Field and Coach Mark Smith said they are so pleased with the team’s unity and teamwork, which continually gives them the strength to give their best at every competition.

“Warrior wrestling came together as brothers of faith at Dual State,” said Field. “The boys’ understanding of the importance of God in their lives is foundational, encompassing the underlining purpose of their experiences at Liberty Christian.”

Dual State was set in a team style format, where teams dual head to head in pools first, and then were set into brackets to determine a team champion. No individuals were crowned this day, only the team.

Liberty prevailed against St. Thomas Houston 77-4, Bishop Lynch Dallas 58-18, Episcopal School of Dallas 72-12, St. John’s Houston 45-29, and St. Mark’s Dallas 54-26.

Smith and Field said the team’s chaplain, Michael Clarke, is a phenomenal leader.

“His dedication to faith and connection to Christ is humbling and meaningful, clearly demonstrating an unshakable devotion to our Lord,” said Field. “He helps to guide our team’s mindset and spirit.

“I believe the boys’ desire to pray for each other before they compete is one of the many reasons that the Lord has chosen Liberty Warrior Wrestling as an example in sport and faith.”

The Scripture in 2 Timothy 1:7 that says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” continues to encourage the boys as they prepare to compete at the Texas Prep State Wrestling Championships this Saturday, Feb. 6 at Houston’s Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. The top three spots in each weight class will be eligible to compete at the National Prep Wrestling Championships on Feb. 25–27 in Lehigh, Penn.

Prior to Nationals, the team first has its sights on the Texas Association of Private and Parochial School’s State Championship Feb. 20 in San Antonio.

Wrestlers are excited and thankful for the huge win at Dual State. Coach Field concluded, “Congratulations wrestlers – you deserve the best and most humble of victories. Let the Lord provide purpose, respect, and trust to your hearts as you continue down a path of love and truth. May you always continue in your pursuit of success in celebration in God’s grace.”

Vivian Nichols is communication specialist for Liberty Christian School.

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