Braves set to meet Tigers Wednesday
The Adams Central Team Regional, postponed from last Wednesday because of the snowstorm, will take place tomorrow, starting at 6 p.m. and Bellmont and Yorktown remain on a collision course.
The fifth-rated Tigers, after a strong showing at the Jay Regional Saturday, will meet the No. 9 Braves, also off an impressive performance Saturday at Jay. In the other semi-final, 15-8 Fort Wayne Snider will take on No. 8 Carroll.
"It's a little different, wrestling the Team Regional after the regular regional. I'm sure the stands will be full and it'll be a dogfight," said Yorktown coach Trent McCormick.
McCormick's newest wrestler, 140-pound Cole VanHorn, somehow held off Bellmont's Brooks Faurote 1-0 in a controversial semi-final match. Faurote, who had VanHorn on his back but got no call in regulation, still had his arms around VanHorn when the Tigers' wrestler went out of bounds in OT. He was awarded the point.
That will be a key match Wednesday, as will all of them. Bellmont's Blake Adams downed frosh Rhett Hiestand 6-2 in the 125-pound consolation battle Saturday, giving Bellmont some promise in the lower weights. Bellmont coach Brent Faurote also expects strong runs at a win from 119-pound Bobby Keuneke and 130-pound Willie Mahlan.
The Braves are favored in all but the 189-pound match from 152 on up, and that 189-pound win is not a lock. Bellmont's Ben Baker was close to a takedown a few times on Yorktown's Scott Neff in the semi-finals match.
Also, Faurote has two other 189-pounders in the wings, including strong Brad Busse and the athletic Isaac Birch.
"It'll be a war," stated Bellmont 160-pounder John Mahlan.
Earlier this season, Yorktown scored a 35-25 victory over the Braves. In that match, Yorktown forfeited to Faurote at 140.
VanHorn joined the squad at semester break after going 7-3 in the regular season for Franklin. Somehow, the IHSAA approved VanHorn for competition for Yorktown despited his obvious wrestling move. VanHorn had been suspended for some matches at Franklin.
Bellmont defeated a heavily favored Yorktown club two years ago, and nearly made up a 33-point loss to Yorktown in November of 2009 in last year's Team Regional battle, losing only 30-24.
The winner of the tourney Wednesday will most likely take on Penn, the favorite at Jimtown, in the state quarter-finals on Feb. 26 at Center Grove.