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"We're looking at possible matchups with Yorktown, and I'm just happy to be doing that," said Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote, whose Braves survived a three-way sectional run-off with neighbors Adams Central and South Adams Saturday at Jay County.
"We could be focusing on individual stuff because we had to battle back to get where we are. I'm just glad to be in this position," stated the coach.
PORTLAND — Bellmont roared back from 23 points down midway through the meet and somehow held off a resilient Adams Central squad in the topsy-turvy final round to squeak out their 22nd consecutive sectional wrestling title Saturday in a mad thee-way wrestling race at Jay County.
When the dust had settled in a final round, which saw six lead changes on the team scoreboard, the Braves had 228 points to the 222 of Central and 212 of South Adams, which rolled through the finals with five champions.
BERNE— While the boys were out wrestling at Jay County, there was another cross-county rivalry going on at the Stardome where the Lady Starfires hosted the Lady Jets of Adams Central where the Jets got the better of the home team, 52-38 during their Saturday night ACAC contest.
"We knew we were going to have to play 32 minutes tonight," AC coach Sam Beer said after the contest. "They play hard the entire game and we never let up."
BLUFFTON—The Braves captured nine of 12 events Thursday night enroute to a lopsided 120-66 swimming victory over Bluffton at the Tigers' pool.
Most of the Bellmont victories were by decisive margins with only Matt Hartman's win in the 100 breaststroke coming in at under one second. Hartman topped teammate Mason Schultz 1:21.60 to 1:22.36.
Area wrestling fans beware, Saturday's Jay County Wrestling Sectional could come down to the last takedown.
It could be that close.
"It's wide open, and I know that going in," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, who will try to coach his Braves to a 22nd straight sectional crown.
After a cat-and-mouse event for the first period that concluded with a 6-4 Wayne lead, the Generals took its defense out of the bag and handed the Bellmont Squaws a 47-35 non-conference girls basketball loss Tuesday night at the Teepee.
Pictured, left to right, are: Madison Carroll, Alyssa Keller, Jenae Blackburn, Lindsey McDougall and Leah Spangler making the best of one of their last games at home in a Jets' uniform. (Photo by Cassandra Lehman)
"Landon knows how to wrestle and he's just now showing it," stated cousin Ben Baker Saturday after an unseeded Landon Baker made it to the 170-pound finals of the NHC Tournament, losing in overtime.
Ben had the win of the day, finally getting his man Spencer Raypole of Carroll in his fourth try with a takedown in the final ticks of the clock at 195 pounds.
Bellmont, seeking a 22nd straight sectional mat title, emerged from the seeding meeting with four top spots and two No. 2 seeds for Saturday's Jay County Wrestling Sectional.
ACAC champion Adams Central has two top seeds and four seconds while South Adams has three No. 1 seeds and two seconds.
BELLMONT'S TOP SEEDS: (1) Bobby Keuneke at 120, Brooks Faurote at 145, Dewey Melcher at 152, and Ben Baker at 195; (2) Blake Adams at 126, and Brad Busse at 182; (3) Isaac Birch at 220, and Brian Hakes at 285.
KENDALLVILLE — "I knew sooner or later I was going to get him. It's hard to beat another good guy four times in a row," stated an exuberant Ben Baker after the BHS senior took down Carroll's Spencer Raypole with three seconds left in the match, winning the 195-pound NHC title with the 3-1 victory Saturday at East Noble.