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November 25th, 2011
BERNE— It wasn't exactly a packed house at the Stardome on Wednesday night, but perhaps the fans will come out to watch if more games end up like the 55-52 victory over the Union City Indians did.
The score was 23-34 in favor of UC at the halftime break and it looked like the Indian faithful would get their revenge, but first-year SA coach Andy Brown put something in the water during his pep speech and the Berne boys came out swinging in the second half.
Despite a shift that sent five wrestlers up a weight division, Bellmont scored six falls, took two forfeits and won nine of 12 matches to dump NHC foe Columbia City 58-15 in the season opener Tuesday night at the Teepee.
It was also a somber night as Bellmont dedicated a new wrestling mat in honor of the late John Friedt, one of the organizers of the Decatur Wrestling Club and a coach at Bellmont for over 30 years. The mat will be used for both varsity and middle school meets.
By DYLAN MALONE
It was not a night to remember for the Squaws on Monday evening when they hosted the South Side Lady Archers and were blown away by their pressure defense early and often, suffering a 78-38 loss at the Teepee.
BY ERIC MANN
They call him "The Matrix," but he's still known in Decatur as Evan DeLong, a graduate of Bellmont High School in 2007.
DeLong, 24, now of Fort Wayne, is in his fourth year as a professional fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA), with a pro record of 9-6 and a brief amateur record of 10-3.
Bellmont vs. Columbia City
(Record from 2010-11)
106-Trevor Gray Fr. WBF
113-Jon Poling Sr. vs. Michael Wright So. 14-20
120-Bobby Keuneke Sr. 31-17 vs. Bryce Forester Sr. 22-12
126-Blake Adams Sr. 23-18 vs. Kyle Egolf Fr.
132-Jacob Girod Sr. 23-17 vs. Damon Blackburn Jr.
138-Willie Mahlan Jr. 18-22 vs. Tyler Olsen So. 3-6
145-Brooks Faurote Sr. 30-8 vs. Alan Trabert Jr. 14-20
152-Jacob Bergman Jr. 5-12 vs. Kyle Burns Fr.
160-Brett Baker Fr. vs. Eric Shepherd Sr. 11-19
It looked like it was going to be one of those games where offense cost a hefty premium after the first quarter when the score was 6-4 in favor of the Squaws, and after a second quarter surge by the Heritage Lady Patriots, Bellmont continued to find the basket too elusive to pull out the victory away from home on Saturday evening and fell, 36-27.
BERNE— The Starfires fought valiantly in a game that featured only six different varsity players on the floor for first year coach Ryan Cunningham as South Adams continues to struggle early in the season falling to an 0-4 record with a 52-37 defeat at the hands of Union City on Saturday night.
Bellmont football coach Larry Getts, who led Bellmont to only its second sectional crown in school history this past fall, feels that team stayed together despite a tough start, and that allowed the squad to prosper in the 3A playoffs.
"The biggest highlight was watching these kids come together as a team, seeing them believe in the invisible and make it a reality. The 2011 team demonstrated time and again what it means to play for the guy next to you," said Getts, who took over a program in a bit of disaray.
The IHSAA's decision to drop the Team State Wrestling Tournament following this season is a huge disappointment to 24-year Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, while Adams Central coach Doug Schultz and South Adams mentor Eric Myers have different takes.
The Braves have earned 14 (out of 16) Team State Finals berths and have earned multiple placements in the meet, and have beaten very strong Yorktown teams in two of the past three years. No other team has had as many Team State entries as Bellmont.
FORT WAYNE— The Squaws traveled to Bishop Dwenger seeking their first win last night as they faced the Saints in their third contest the year, and they fell short by a 54-46 count.
Bellmont played up and down with Dwenger for most of the game, but never really found the lead except for early in the first quarter. The game was, in fact, tied at 12 after the first frame.