Braves squash Spartans in NHC clash, 59-13
LAUGHLIN SCORESâ€”Bellmont sophomore Chris Laughlin (top) hits a corkscrew move to put Homestead's Kyle Leland on his back for a fall Thursday in the NHC wrestling meet in Fort Wayne. It was Laughlin's varsity debut and he scored a fall, helping Bellmont slam the Spartans 59-13. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
FORT WAYNE — Bellmont lost three of the first four matches, including the first setback of the season for third-rated 182-pounder Brad Busse, then ran the table on the host Homestead Spartans, winning 10 straight Thursday night to secure a 59-13 NHC rout.
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The Braves closed out the loop season at 5-2, while Homestead, led by first year coach Justin Wight, slipped to 2-5 in the league and 5-10 overall.
"The meet started out at the best possible place for Homestead and we let a couple get away from us, but the rest of the kids came back strong and got the job done," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
Busse, now 17-1, hit the first takedown early against Spartans' senior David Strezelecki (12-5). Strezelecki scored a reversal and turned Busse in period two to take a 4-3 lead. Busse tried to score from the top, but yielded a reversal and nearfall and was not able to recover in a 16-6 major loss.
"Busse got away from what he does best and got a little panicky towards the end," stated Faurote. He did not criticize Busse for not following the coach's lead and go for a tying takedown to start period three. "I can't fault Busse for that. I have to trust Brad in that situation. It just didn't work out," said the coach.
That loss put Homestead up 7-0. Fletcher Shaneyfelt reversed Wyatt Clem, then nailed a headlock for the first Bellmont score. Frosh Aaron Bergman trailed just 1-0 late at 220 against Homestead senior Zach Carlstrom, but was caught late and pinned.
The hosts led 13-6, but they didn't score again.
BHS frosh heavyweight Cody Fields kept after Bryan Day, earning a 4-2 win to start the skein.
The Braves scored another close win as Trevor Gray and Jack Franklin battled to a 0-0 tie in regulation. "Gray shot in aggressively and went under and Franklin countered with an illegal leg scissors," explained Faurote on the 1-0 overtime win for BHS.
From that point, Bellmont dominated, scoring a 19-2 tech fall at 113 from Daniel Gunsett, then pinning out.
Danny Baker yielded a tilt to Eli Scherrer, but countered and headlocked the Spartan for a 3:01 fall. Diego Hutker needed just 1:19 for a fall at 126 for a 23-13 Bellmont lead.