How's the new weight class switch, adding a heavier weight class for 2011-12 while taking out a middle class, working out after just one week of wrestling?
Well, in Saturday's Super Dual at Yorktown, Bellmont senior Isaac Birch, in the new 220-pound class, received three forfeits. South Adams went 5-0 at Homestead, but had to forfeit the 195-pound class in every meet. There were other forfeits at both sites in various meets at 182 and heavyweight.
BERNE— The Starfire boys took on the Daleville Broncos at the Stardome for a non-conference match-up on the court Saturday night and came away with a 66-54 victory to improve to 2-0 on the year.
The game featured the return of last year's leading scorer Dustin Wanner who picked up right where he left off against the Broncos after missing the Union City game with an ankle injury.
YORKTOWN — "Even though it's early in the season, we were hoping to get them," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, whose Braves have avenged regular-season losses to Yorktown in two of the last three regional showdowns in February.
Bellmont coach John Baker picked up the first win of his career in front of a home crowd at the Teepee on Saturday night as his Braves handled the Woodlan Warriors, 58-44.
The Braves jumped out to a 5-0 start at the beginning of the first quarter, but looked a bit shaky the rest of the frame as they came back to the bench down 12-11 after one.
Coach Baker would have none of it. "This is not Bellmont basketball!" he hollered in the huddle, and his players got the message.
FORT WAYNE — Twenty-one points was as close as any squad came to matching South Adams in the season opening duals at Homestead Saturday as the Starfires easily took the title for the day with a perfect 5-0 slate.
The fewest points scored on the day for the Stars was 48 in that 21-point win over Fort Wayne Snider. The Stars dumped the host Spartans 49-21, downed ACAC foe Heritage 50-23, blasted Marion 63-18 and finished with a 45-27 win over Churubusco.
Homestead was second in the meet, going 4-1.
FORT WAYNE — Led by a sizzling hot Ronald Lucas, Wayne's Generals blasted out of the chute Wednesday in the season opener versus Bellmont, charging to a 21-0 lead over the befuddled Braves en route to a 72-44 win.
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.