Braves seek perfect NHC mark
STEBING SWITCH â€” Bellmont 145-pound senior Anthony Stebing goes for a switch in a match at Mishawaka last week. Stebing took sixth in a field of 32 as the Braves finished second to Penn. (Jim Hopkins Photo)
Bellmont can complete a perfect NHC season tonight as the Braves travel to Homestead.
The host Spartans are 4-2 in the NHC and 11-5 overall. Bellmont enters 16-2 and 6-0 in the league. Carroll is 5-1 in the NHC and could still be co-champions of the regular season if Bellmont falls to the Spartans. Bellmont has lost only one NHC match since the conference was formed in 1989.
The Spartans are led by three strong wrestlers: 19-1 senior Andrew Bowman at 103, 20-1 junior Kody George at 119 and 215-pound Brad Mills, 19-2 at 215 pounds.
Mills will clash with 20-1 Travis Thatcher of Bellmont. George could have his hands full with BHS junior Bobby Keuneke, who finished eighth in the 32-team Al Smith Classic at Mishawaka last week.
BELLMONT 16-2 vs. HOMESTEAD 11-5
103-Jordan Richards Fr. 4-6 vs. Andrew Bowman Sr. 19-1
112-Jacob Girod Jr. 14-7 vs. Brett Lulthly Jr. 7-11
119-Bobby Keuneke Jr. 18-7 vs. Kody George Jr. 20-1
125-Blake Adams Jr. 12-9 vs. Keelan Rushing Sr. 16-4
130-Willie Mahlan So. 11-10 vs. Nolan Apple Jr. 17-6
135-Dewey Melcher Jr. 12-4 vs. Josh Kryder Jr. 13-6
140-Jacob Bergman So. 4-8 vs. Justin Norris Sr. 13-6
145-Anthony Stebing Sr. 11-7 vs. Branden Baker So. 14-7
152-Will Busse Sr. 15-6 vs. Chris Robinson So. 4-5
160-John Mahlan Sr. 19-4 vs. Dale Stroud Jr. 4-13
171-Ryley Hankenson Sr. 22-1 vs. Landen Haghes Jr. 7-14
189-Brad Busse So. 8-1 vs. Aaron Didion Jr. 2-9
215-Travis Thatcher Sr. 20-1 vs. Brad Mills Sr. 19-2
285-Daniel Meyer Sr. 22-0 vs. Zach Swarts Fr. 6-12
NHC Wrestling Standings
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Bellmont 6-0 16-2
Carroll 5-1 13-1
Homestead 4-2 11-5
East Noble 3-3 9-6
DeKalb 2-3 6-4
New Haven 2-4 14-7
Col. City 1-4 3-8