"The super dual at Calumet is very good, but this one is definitely one of the very best, with six out of the eight ranked. You can't get much tougher," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote on Saturday's annual wrestling feast, the Bellmont Super Dual.
Bellmont can complete a perfect NHC season tonight as the Braves travel to Homestead.
The host Spartans are 4-2 in the NHC and 11-5 overall. Bellmont enters 16-2 and 6-0 in the league. Carroll is 5-1 in the NHC and could still be co-champions of the regular season if Bellmont falls to the Spartans. Bellmont has lost only one NHC match since the conference was formed in 1989.
South Adams senior troop leader Dustin Wanner pitched a tent for his Starfire teammates at the charity stripe Tuesday night and the bonfire the Stars enjoyed resulted in a 57-54 triumph over county rival Bellmont at the Stardome.
The first annual Adams Central Superdual will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, it was announced today by the AC Athletic Department.
The annual Wrestling Jet Invitational apparently is no longer, being replaced by the eight-team dual meet.
Joining the host Jets will be: Bluffton, Bishop Dwenger, North Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne Snider, Jay County, Norwell and Southwood.
"We told the kids at the start of the year that there would be adversity, we just didn't know where. As it turns out it comes with the injury to Brooks. We were the team to beat, it just didn't happen," stated veteran Bellmont assistant coach Tim Myers after the Al Smith Classic last week at Mishawaka.
Bellmont, with nine placers and three making to the finals, led most of the way, but yeilded in the end to Penn by three points.
The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. tonight at the Stardome as Bellmont travels to South Adams for boys basketball action.
No frosh game is scheduled.
Bellmont will take a 3-3 record into the contest after the recent win over Adams Central. The Starfires are 2-5.
School officials note that the Bank of Geneva will conduct a $100 shooting contest at halftime of the varsity game.
MISHAWAKA — Bellmont put up a strong effort for the two-day Al Smith Classic at Mishawaka last week, but a rally by Penn in the final round plus a bad break for the Braves — a broken hand suffered by junior 140-pounder Brooks Faurote — resulted in a narrow Kingsmen win, 208-205.
MUNCIE—The Adams Central girls varsity basketball team enjoyed an early New Year's present Thursday night by traveling to Muncie Southside and claiming a 51-32 victory over the Rebels.
The Jets won three of the four quarters. After two lead changes and two ties, the AC squad took a 20-18 lead at the half and then posted 16-7 and 15-7 margins in the final two stanzas to earn the victory.
MISHAWAKA — Bellmont's John Mahlan tripped LaPorte's Alex Stewart at the edge of the mat as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the 160-pound match to advance, and he latched onto Stewart's leg, earning the buzzer-beating takedown to secure one of five BHS spots in the semi-finals in the Al Smith Wrestling Classic.
The Braves have four more wrestlers on the consolation side and led the 32-team tourney after the first day with 128 points to the 123 of Penn and 121 of host Mishawaka.
Bellmont guard Joe Baker drilled in two three-point shots on consecutive possessions to start the second period to give the Braves a 24-21 lead Tuesday night and the Braves never trailed thereafter enroute to a 70-63 triumph over county rival Adams Central at the Teepee.