BERNE — South Adams went 4-1 Saturday in the annual Spencer Haworth Memorial Wrestling Invitational, losing only to eventual champion of the day, Jay County, 43-31.
"We needed a couple of guys to come through, either not get pinned or win a match that they weren't supposed to and it just didn't happen," stated SA mat coach Eric Myers, after his Starfires improved to 5-1 on the season.
NEW CASTLE—Bellmont made their presence felt over the weekend as the Braves' wrestlers cashed in on a 5-0 domination of the field at New Castle High School's Invitational.
The most notable win of the day on Saturday for coach Brent Faurote and his young Braves came against Pendleton Heights topping the Arabians 39-33.
MONROE—The Leo Lions gave the #1-ranked Adams Central Jets a rude awakening at the Hangar on Thursday night stunning the home team 34-32 in an ACAC mat dual.
As the top-ranked team in the small school division entering their season opener, AC looked the part after a quick pin to start from senior Ben Pfister at 195.
AC's 6-0 lead would be their last, however.
BERNE — South Adams freshman Gabe Schwartz responded to the pressure of his first varsity wrestling match, delivering the sudden fall at 170 pounds that sealed a 42-31 Starfires' victory over Garrett Thursday night in the season opener at the Stardome.
"Schwartz comes up with a huge win as a freshmen and wins a meet for us. He was thrown right in it and got it done," praised South Adams coach Eric Myers after the ACAC meet.
Ten experienced wrestlers dot the lineup as Class A No. 1 Adams Central opens its season at home Thursday with ACAC foe Leo.
The Jets of coach Doug Schultz will have only one freshman in the lineup, 106-pounder Tucker Miller, while five seniors give the Jets a veteran look.
Former state streeter Cody Walburn (90-11) will start his final season at 126 for the Jets, while Ben Pfister, state rated at 182 pounds, will open at 195 pounds for his second and last campaign for Central.
The Bellmont girls and boys swimming and diving teams both defeated Columbia City on Tuesday at Bellmont High School.
The girls defeated Columbia City 125-52, and the Bellmont boys won, 104-77, in their first meet of the season.
Juniors Sarah Evans and Rachel Klingensmith were double winners in individual races for Bellmont, with Evans winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke and Klingensmith winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
MONROE—Adams Central doubled up Churubusco in the second half erasing a six-point halftime deficit in their first win of the season, 33-27.
The Lady Jets used a 24-12 advantage in the final two quarters to extract revenge on the Lady Eagles who knocked AC out of the sectionals last season.
With two minutes left in the second quarter, the Lady Jets faced a 15-5 deficit, the biggest of the game for either team. Up until that point, AC was shooting 1-15 from the floor and simply could not buy a basket.
YORKTOWN — “If that’s the best team in 3A, and we’ve got (Brad) Busse in the lineup, you’re looking at maybe a two or three-point match today. We wrestled well enough to stay with them,” stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote Saturday afternoon following Bellmont’s 41-27 loss to 3A No. 1 Yorktown in the final round of the annual Yorktown Thanksgiving Duals.
KINGSLAND—Norwell senior Josh Vanmeter put up 20 of his 24 points on the Jets in the second half to lead the Knights past the Jets at the Castle on Saturday night, 77-42.
Vanmeter made the opening field goal straight off the tip cashing in on a driving lay-up but then Norwell went cold for the next four minutes. Adams Central took advantage of several Knights’ miscues jumping out to a 12-2 lead before Vanmeter would break the four-minute slump with a smooth drive and score.