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NEW HAVEN — Bellmont and Carroll were in a real NHC tug of war Wednesday night. The difference was likely a loose tooth.
The Chargers defended their NHC Tournament crown, topping the Braves 231-226. Carroll got a break in the 145-pound semi-finals when Bellmont's second seeded senior Logan Neher took a shot in the mouth from Carroll's Alex Arney, and the bolt loosened a front tooth. It was just hanging on.
Neher was ushered to a dentist, but not until after he defaulted to Arney, who finished second and earned two extra points for the default. Neher forfeited the next round and settled for fourth.
"Logan wouldn't have been able to go on, and he had to get the tooth fixed. We have a sectional Saturday and that's more important," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
"That's five points right there. But it is what it is. Our kids battled but came up a little short tonight," added the coach.
East Noble finished third with 195 points in the meet, which had been set for Bellmont on Saturday, but was moved because of weather and the bigger gym at New Haven.
"We needed to find a couple of more wins, or a couple of more pins. We had to find a few more points, and we left some points out there. I can't fault any one kid. If we win two more head-to-head match-ups with them, we win the tournament."
"I was pleased with the effort, and it was a pretty good effort again. We got everybody in the semis except for out 138 pounder (Joe Becker) and he came back and got fifth.
The Braves took three championships: Trevor Gray at 126, Diego Hutker at 132 and at 160 with frosh Bryce Baumgartner.
Hutker's first period fall over Carroll's No. 1 seed Logan Jester not only earned the senior his first varsity tourney title, but it was sweet vengeance for Jester's comeback pin over Hutker in the final match of the dual meet between the teams.
Hutker was up 10-1 and had Jester on his back just a few weeks ago in the match which decided the dual team NCH champ. When Hutker put Jester on his back Wednesday ... well, he left no room for argument.
"I set the ball and chain in and I was trying to hold him down. I wouldn't say stalling, but I was holding on and he happened to have his head by his leg," set up Hutker, who has put it all together in the second half of the season.