Braves manhandle Homestead, 68-6
GUNSETT ALL OUTâ€”Bellmont 120-pounder Daniel Gunsett (left) hits his Wayne-Trace foe with a front headlock prior to his win in the Main Event Saturday. The sophomore started off the night Wednesday with a pin as the Braves toppled Homestead with ease, 68-6. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
Bellmont, now rated 16th in the state, made it a 4-0 week in the NHC by dominating an under-manned Homestead squad Wednesday, 68-6 at the Teepee.
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The Braves, who swept out three loop foes, including No. 18 (IHSWCA poll) East Noble Monday, scored seven falls, a tech fall and 11-7 decision at 138 pounds with Danny Baker, and went 12-2 overall Wednesday to go 6-1 in NHC dual meets this season.
"Homestead (6-13) is down, but this is their third coach in three years, so their struggling to get kids out," stated Bellmont assistant coach Paul Gunsett. The current coach is Snider grad Nathan DeVaux.
The coach noted that the Braves normally have this week in the season, and next week, off and just practice. Because of postponements due to weather, the Braves wrestled three matches Monday and the one tonight. "With five matches last Saturday (Main Event), the four this week, and five more this coming Saturday (North Central), that gives us 14 matches in eight days," pointed out Gunsett.
The Braves have the meet Saturday and close out the dual meet season at South Adams this coming Tuesday against Barry Humble's Starfires.
Scoring falls for the Braves were: Daniel Gunsett at 120, Trevor Gray at 126, Diego Hutker at 132, Brock Braun at 152, Bryce Baumgartner at 160, Brett Baker at 170, and Jon Becker at 113 pounds. Logan Neher tallied a 17-2 tech fall 145.
The Spartans won at 182 with Corey Coshow yielding a late reversal in a 6-5 loss to 14-8 Wyatt Clem, and at 106 as Mason Mendez lost 7-5 to Homestead's Jack Franklin. Mendez and Franklin split two matches a year ago.
"Both of those guys are pretty solid kids for them. Our kids will have to avenge those losses at the conference, and they are both capable of doing that," stated BHS head coach Brent Faurote.