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Braves, Jets set to host mat slates against Indiana’s best

January 10, 2014

A BLOODY NOSE AT LIGHTWEIGHT—Bellmont’s Mason Mendez (top) holds his opponent down for six during the Al Smith Classic recently. All three county schools are in tournament play tomorrow with the Braves hosting the Main Event, Adams Central leading the Super Dual at the Hangar, and South Adams venturing to the Troy Invitational. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)

    Wayne Trace and Homestead are slated to be new entrants in Saturday's annual Main Event slated for the Bellmont High School gymnasiums.
    The poor weather and road conditions which have kept school closed this week could cut down on the eight-team wrestling field. Adjustments will then be made in the schedule, released today by Bellmont assistant coach Tim Myers.
    Defending state champ Perry Meridian, which finished fourth last week in the 3A Coaches Dual Meet Tourney, Penn, No. Mishawaka and Blooomington South are all scheduled to return to the field this year. Bloomington and Perry both went 5-0 a year ago to share the title in the BHS super duals.
    Muncie South was also slated to be in the field, but school was cancelled for today and that may keep the Rebels from making the trip north to Decatur.
    In the latest IHSWCA Top 20 poll, Perry Meridian (11-2) was rated No. 4, Penn (11-1) No. 3, Bloomington South (18-2) No. 12 and Mishawaka (9-3) No. 15.
    Bellmont (6-3) was rated No. 5 in the 2A poll. Homestead comes in at 4-7.
    Veteran Bellmont coach Brent Faurote again hopes that the state's toughest competition will benefit his club.
    "We'll have our hands full again. I told the kids that we're looking for a 3-2 day, or we could have a 1-4 day. We'll battle tough against Perry and Penn but we're really overmatched. Mishawaka and Bloomington South should be good matches," noted Faurote.
    The Braves will be without heavyweight Aaron Bergman. The sophomore fell in the parking lot and broke a leg, and will miss the rest of the season. "We're going to be light there," said Faurote, noting the promotion of Drew Butler from 220 to heavyweight. He would also be a light 220-pounder.
    "It's still a very good super dual with four top-twenty teams. We're not there yet, but we're improved and we want to continue to make improvements," said the coach.
    Bellmont has lost several matches this year to the weather and some will be made up. The Braves also participated in an individual tourney early in the season and that cut down on the number of dual meets on the slate.
    The Braves are slated to be at Norwell on Monday (5:30) for an NHC triple-dual involving East Noble and DeKalb. From Saturday to Saturday, the Bellmont wrestlers should double their amount of matches for the season. Bellmont will be at  the North Central Super Six on Jan. 18.
    Faurote notes that he is looking for more teams next year. Also, one team may be added Saturday to take the place of Muncie South.

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