Bellmont freshman 160-pounder Brett Baker hit a chin rip and flattened Homestead junior Brennan Durr in 3:14, starting a string of six straight wins as the No. 18 Bellmont Braves thumped Homestead 55-14 Thursday night, capping a perfect 7-0 NHC wrestling campaign.
"That wraps up another undefeated dual season in the conference, so now the challenge is to come back in a few weeks and win the tournament," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
LEO-CEDARVILLE — Adams Central heavyweight Joe Fuelling fought for some leverage then chucked the bigger Bryce Hager to the mat twice in the final minute for a 9-6 win Wednesday, igniting a seven-match win skein as the Jets dumped ACAC rival Leo 56-21.
The win put the Jets clearly in control of the ACAC regular-season race with a 5-0 mark. A victory tonight over Heritage would clinch the crown for the Jets, now 19-2 overall.
Nick Fuelling is this week's Athlete of the Week after a career-high performance against county-rival South Adams leading the Braves to a 68-56 win. Fuelling had 26 points on a nearly flawless 11-for-12 shooting performance from the floor owning the paint for the entirety of the game. Nick also led the team with seven rebounds and swatted a shot in the contest.
Braves’ senior forward Nick Fuelling was a near-perfect 11-for-12 from the field en route to a career high 26 points in the 68-56 win against the Starfires of South Adams at the Teepee last night.
Fellow senior Payton Selking also managed 20 points in the win along with an impressive five assists and five rebounds to boot. The two managed to hound the Stars’ defense the entire night from the inside out as most of Fuelling’s points came in the paint and Selking drained four of Bellmont’s five three-pointers.
By JIM HOPKINS
MISHAWAKA — Senior Bellmonters Brooks Faurote and Ben Baker battled to championships Thursday at the Al Smith Classic, helping the Braves to an 8-2 final day and a sixth-place finish in one of the toughest high school wrestling tourneys in the nation.
By JOE SPAULDING
Van Wert found a little extra oomph in their game in the fourth period Thursday night and captured what had been a tight ball game against the Bellmont girls up to that point by a final 40-33 tally at the Teepee.
The seven-point margin of victory was the largest lead of the game for either team but was not indicative of the closeness of the game, at least for the first three periods of play.
By DYLAN MALONE
MONROE— The Lady Jets' New Years resolution, according to coach Sam Beer was simple: don't wait until January 1 to play well.
The tactic worked wonders for Adams Central against the visiting Muncie Southside Lady Rebels who were blown out of the building early and often by the Lady Jets in a 70-42 rout.
AC scored a season-high for points in a quarter in the first when they came out and put 23 on the board compared to Southside's nine and the tone was set for the game.
By JIM HOPKINS
MISHAWAKA —"I guess the wheels fell off the bus today," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote after just four of his Bellmonters qualified for second day action at the 34th annual Al Smith Classic Wrestling Tournament.