BLUFFTON—The Braves captured nine of 12 events Thursday night enroute to a lopsided 120-66 swimming victory over Bluffton at the Tigers' pool.
Most of the Bellmont victories were by decisive margins with only Matt Hartman's win in the 100 breaststroke coming in at under one second. Hartman topped teammate Mason Schultz 1:21.60 to 1:22.36.
Area wrestling fans beware, Saturday's Jay County Wrestling Sectional could come down to the last takedown.
It could be that close.
"It's wide open, and I know that going in," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, who will try to coach his Braves to a 22nd straight sectional crown.
After a cat-and-mouse event for the first period that concluded with a 6-4 Wayne lead, the Generals took its defense out of the bag and handed the Bellmont Squaws a 47-35 non-conference girls basketball loss Tuesday night at the Teepee.
Pictured, left to right, are: Madison Carroll, Alyssa Keller, Jenae Blackburn, Lindsey McDougall and Leah Spangler making the best of one of their last games at home in a Jets' uniform. (Photo by Cassandra Lehman)
"Landon knows how to wrestle and he's just now showing it," stated cousin Ben Baker Saturday after an unseeded Landon Baker made it to the 170-pound finals of the NHC Tournament, losing in overtime.
Ben had the win of the day, finally getting his man Spencer Raypole of Carroll in his fourth try with a takedown in the final ticks of the clock at 195 pounds.
Bellmont, seeking a 22nd straight sectional mat title, emerged from the seeding meeting with four top spots and two No. 2 seeds for Saturday's Jay County Wrestling Sectional.
ACAC champion Adams Central has two top seeds and four seconds while South Adams has three No. 1 seeds and two seconds.
BELLMONT'S TOP SEEDS: (1) Bobby Keuneke at 120, Brooks Faurote at 145, Dewey Melcher at 152, and Ben Baker at 195; (2) Blake Adams at 126, and Brad Busse at 182; (3) Isaac Birch at 220, and Brian Hakes at 285.
KENDALLVILLE — "I knew sooner or later I was going to get him. It's hard to beat another good guy four times in a row," stated an exuberant Ben Baker after the BHS senior took down Carroll's Spencer Raypole with three seconds left in the match, winning the 195-pound NHC title with the 3-1 victory Saturday at East Noble.
MONROE — Adams Central earned four titles and placed 13 of 14 wrestlers to dominate the ACAC Wrestling Tourney Saturday, piling up 230.5 points to the 189.5 of second-place South Adams.
The win gives the Jets both portions of the ACAC mat crown for the first time in seven years, and it was the first time for the wrestling double by fifth-year head coach Doug Schultz.
"Our kids wrestled up to their ability, about as well as they possibly could," stated Schultz.
FORT WAYNE— The Homestead Spartans had an off-night shooting the basketball against the Bellmont Braves, but because of 27 miscues, John Baker's tribe lost the game in what ended up as a laugher during their Saturday night NHC meeting that saw the final score, 71-39.
The Braves shot a decent 40% from the field but only took 35 shots compared to Homestead's 62 shots hoisted. There was a big discrepancy in free throw shooting as well with the Spartans hitting 17-23 for the game and Bellmont making only five of eight.
The Bellmont boys and girls swim team both recorded eight individual and three relay triumphs Thursday night enroute to posting solid wins over the Adams Central Jets at the BHS pool.
In a meet before an SRO crowd, Bellmont claimed all but one event in both matches with the boys racing to a 123-63 decision while the Squaws earned a 103-60 decision.