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INDIANAPOLIS — Bellmont capped off one of the busiest eight days in the history of the program, going 4-1 and losing only to No. 17 Carmel at the North Central Super Six Saturday.
The Braves, 10-4 in the 14 meets during that period and 8-1 this week, had solid wins over Lawrence North, 34-21, and Center Grove, 43-18, to go with a 72-6 rout of Chatard, and a 75-6 blitzing of North Central.
"It wasn't a good finish, but I was pleased with the effort the kids had all week," stated BHS coach Brent Faurote.
"Carmel is a solid team and they've had a lot of good wins this year, but we know the meet (38-19) should have been a lot closer," said Faurote.
With a sudden fall at 120 by sophomore Daniel Gunsett, followed with a quick-six stick at 126 by Trevor Gray, the Braves led Carmel 15-3 out of the gate, and led 19-16 going into the 170-pound match. However, Carmel ran the table on the Braves in the upper weights, taking the final six matches to score the win.
"Counting the Super Dual last week at our place, that's 14 matches in eight days, about half of what we normally have for the season. Now, we turn around and wrestle at South Adams on Tuesday, and then host the conference on Saturday. The kids responded to the challenge," said the coach. The Braves had wins over ranked foes Bloomington South and East Noble during that stretch.
The Braves lost some close matches against Carmel. Mason Mendez fell to Wilhelm 5-4 in the opener at 106, and senior Diego Hutker, who made excellent progress in the 2014 match-fest, was countered and yielded a late takedown to Patterson in a 5-3 loss at 132 pounds.
Senior Fletcher Shaneyfelt, who needed to get a fall or a major win at 220 for the Braves to have a shot at Carmel, hit three takedowns and was in charge in that match against a strong Carmel athlete in Pacheiarz, was caught going for another shot and felled in 2:48 at 220. Drew Butler was in his match at heavyweight, but lost 7-3 to Williams.
"We beat two other good teams today in Lawrence North and Center Grove, so, overall it's a good day. We wanted that last one to be a better match, and it could have been," said Faurote.
Becker got the Braves on the board. He hit an early takedown against Haups and made it stand up for a 3-1 win.
"Gunsett was down 0-2 going into third period hit a nice Wilson ride, settled in on it and got the pin. That was a big win then Trevor Gray went out and nailed a headlock (34 seconds)," described Faurote.
Diego Hutker was tied with Patterson, but a late shot was countered and the Hutker lost the key takedown. "Diego had a good day, but he just lost a close one, a winable match," said Faurote.
Logan Neher was all over Fox, but just couldn't quite close out a tech fall with a 23-9 major win. That put Bellmont up 19-9, but Carmel then took charge.