Braves cruise past Bulldogs, 48-19; improve to 2-0 in NHC
VETERAN FRESHMAN?â€”Bryce Baumgartner wrestles his Columbia City opponent in his varsity debut two weeks ago. He entered Tuesday nightâ€™s match against New Haven as the #13-ranked wrestler at 160 and the freshman did not disappoint earning a 19-3 tech fall against his Bulldog opponent aiding in the 48-19 Bellmont win over New Haven at the Teepee. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
A young Bellmont squad scored three falls and four tech falls en route to a convincing 48-19 win over New Haven in an NHC dual Tuesday night at the Teepee.
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The win puts the Braves, who sported four freshman and five sophomores in the lineup, at 2-0 in league play and 5-2 overall. New Haven, under first year coach Jimmy Linn, slipped to 1-2.
"I was a little concerned about this meet because New Haven lost to East Noble by only seven points, and we got beat by East Noble last year and they have several kids returning," noted Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, who pointed out that he had four freshmen and five sophomores in his starting lineup.
"I saw that one of their (E. Noble) better kids was out of the lineup the other night, but still, New Haven is pretty solid so I was happy to get a convincing win tonight."
The Braves will know a lot more about East Noble after Saturday when the local grapplers travel to Norwell for the annual NHC triple dual, which includes the hosts, DeKalb and the East Noble Knights.
The Braves missed out on the annual Super Dual at New Castle this past Saturday because of the road conditions after the snowstorm.
The meet started at 195, and BHS sophomore Carter Friedt jumped out 5-0, then finished off junior Michael Meyer with a headlock in 2:21, the first of thee falls among the first five matches for the Braves. Add in a tech fall by senior Fletcher Shaneyfelt as he got his first win of the season and Bellmont led 23-6.
In that skein, frosh Mason Mendez went to 6-1 at 106 with a 28-second fall over Clarence Donahue of New Haven, and frosh John Becker stopped junior DeAngelo Adams in 1:08. The Bulldogs hit the scoreboard when junior Mikey Rivera caught BHS sophomore Aaron Bergman in the third period of a close heavyweight match for a 4:33 fall.
"Mendez hit a monkey roll and got a pin, then Becker hit a real nice snapdown and a strong half to get his fall. These are freshmen who are going to win a lot of matches for us," said the coach.
Though Bellmont junior Trevor Gray gave up a late nearfall and lost 10-7 to New Haven's talented sophomore Owen Doster, Faurote liked what he saw at 120 pounds.
"Gray's match was a fun one to watch. He went out and got a bear hug, then it was a back-and-forth match. Trevor came back with a nice reverse headlock and I thought he was going to get the fall — he had the kid buried — then the kid came back and picked up the nearfall and won, but it was two pretty solid kids going back and forth," head the BHS mentor.
The falls were all but done at that point as official Jim Bopp let the matches go on. Sophomore Daniel Gunsett hit three strong nearfalls and appeared to have six points in the bag, but won 16-1 over Sean Casey at 126. Senior Logan Neher dominated but settled for a 19-2 tech fall over Tommy McDowell at 152, and talented frosh Bryce Baumgartner put on a clinic in a 19-3 rout of junior Chris Goff at 160.
BHS senior Diego Hutker evened his record at 3-3 with a 10-4 win over Ryan Shaffer at 132 pounds. Sophomore Jordan Amacker hit four strong takedowns on New Haven's Kyle Bender in a 10-7 win at 145 pounds.
BHS frosh Nick Winters subbed in for two missing BHS 170-pounders and yielded a third period fall to senior Luis Chicon at 170. Bellmont senior Corey Coshow bounced back after missing a week with a sore shoulder to score a 10-1 major over Nick Potter at 182.
At 138, senior David Lawhorne stopped BHS sophomore Danny Baker 9-1.
"Gunsett hit several firemans in his win.Diego hit a strong reverse headlock and was close to getting a fall. Amacker hit some nice sucker drags and a couple of Monkey rolls and looked pretty solid there at 145," described the coach.
"Neher hit a few firemans and a chin drop, and looked sharp."