I can't remember a stronger Bellmont Super Dual (Main Event) than took place Saturday in a 10-hour marathon.
Of course, the old Indiana's Best with Mater Dei, Bellmont and St. Ed's was no day at the park.
This was the real deal with as good a Bellmont dual team as the Braves have had in some years, plus a rock-solid No. 2 Perry Meridian team, and then the ever-budding Penn squad (varsity one).
Brad Busse came off of his back and pancaked Mishawaka's Trey Taylor, capping 48 seconds of pinning fury and igniting Bellmont to a 38-30 victory over the defending state champs Saturday at the BHS Main Event Super Dual.
The Braves also downed No. 14 Bloomington South, 43-21, and took out two-time state finalist Castle, 39-31, before losing to No. 2 Perry Meridian and No. 7 Penn to go 3-2 on a very tough day on the mat.
Adams Central came through the day unscathed, taking out Bishop Dwenger and four other squads to go 5-0 in the first annual Adams Central Super Duals.
"We hadn't beaten Bishop Dwenger in a long time, so it was a big win for us," stated Adams Central coach Doug Schultz on the 37-33 victory over the Saints.
"We had the two forfeits and they had a solid team all the way across, so we had our work cut out for us, but the kids came through," said Schultz.
With five of the top 10 teams in the state coaches poll, five of 14 No. 1 rated wrestlers and 29 ranked matmen overall ... Bellmont's "Main Event MMXI" set for Saturday will definitely produce previews of next month's state championships to be settled at Canseco Fieldhouse and Center Grove High School.
Bellmont fullback Daniel Meyer has been named to the Regional 3 All-Star team, it was announced today by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.
Those named to the Region 3 Team will be nominated for a spot on the North All-Star team for the annual game held in July in Indianapolis.
Bellmont has had three players involved in that contest over the past two seasons.
"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.