Liberty destroys North Central for first state wrestling championship


By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor

COLUMBIA — Five times before Saturday, the Liberty Red Devil wrestling team went to the state championship, only to fall short of their ultimate goal.

According to Liberty head coach Dale Burrell, he knew that when the 2023 squad took on North Central for the Class 2A-1A state duals championship on Saturday, it wouldn’t happen again.

“We’ve said all year, ‘Work hard and you’ll earn your trophy. They’re just going to present it to you when you get there,’” Burrell said. “We’ve come close so many times and fallen short. This time we weren’t

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