Ben Baker wins 189-pound slot for Braves
BAKER CRADLESâ€”Bellmont junior Ben Baker cradles his Pendleton Heights foe earlier this year. Baker earned the 189-pound BHS slot for Saturday's NHC Wrestling Tourney by defeating Brad Busse twice in a wrestle-off. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
Ben Baker defeated eighth-rated Brad Busse for the second time this week Thursday in a wrestle-off for the 189-pound starting slot. Baker will be in the lineup Saturday as the Braves attempt to defend their NHC wrestling crown at Carroll..
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Busse was seeded second at 189 with an 11-3 record. Spencer Raypole of Carroll, who nipped Bellmont's Isaac Birch 3-2 in the dual meet, is the top seed at 189. Ben Baker will bring in a 9-2 record.
Coaches have not ruled out a wrestle-off for the 189-pound slot for the Adams Central Sectional. Busse would likely have to beat Baker twice.
Busse debuted in the Al Smith (Mishawaka) Classic, lost his first match, then won seven straight to finish third in the tourney.