Braves overcome Starsâ€™ lineup shift for 45-39 win
SNAKING TWO â€” Bellmont senior Bobby Keuneke (top) goes underneath South Adams frosh Boaz Marbach during the 120-pound match Thursday at the Stardome. Keuneke earned the fall, and Bellmont won the meet, 45-29. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
BERNE — South Adams coach Eric Myers rolled the dice with seven lineup changes as his Starfires faced area wrestling behemoth Bellmont for the first time in 40 years, and the result was six victories and 29 points, but it wasn't enough as the No. 17 Braves scored a 45-29 victory at the Stardome Thursday night.
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"I think we could have won one more match if we'd have bumped Brooks (Faurote) and Dewey (Melcher) up in the middle, but once we saw their changes we felt we had enough, that we were going to win the dual, and that's all that mattered," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
"I don't think we hurt ourselves. They didn't knock off any of our (sectional) favorites. We're still going to be sitting with a lot of No. 1 seeds," noted the coach.
"I'm not happy, but we did wrestle better than we did at Monroe two weeks ago," stated Myers, noting his team's loss to Adams Central.
"(Eric) Pimentel could have wrestled better, and it would have been nice to have had Mason Morningstar in the lineup. It might have come out the same, but you never know."
Pimentel trailed the red hot Blake Adams of Bellmont 2-1 at the first stop at 126 pounds. The score stayed that way until 14 seconds remained in period two when a patient Adams caught the SA grappler in a front headlock, scoring the fifth Bellmont fall of the meet in 3:56.
Bellmont, 16-2, will head to the 32-team Mishawaka "Al Smith" Invitational set for Wednesday and Thursday. The seeding meeting won't be held until Tuesday night.
South Adams. 18-3, will participate in a the tough Ben Davis meet this coming Thursday. No. 9 Hamilton Southeastern and a strong Fountain Central squad will be in the field.