The Edge of the Mat
Bellmont senior heavyweight Brian Hakes attempts to turn his Yorktown foe over for nearfall points in the Team Regional battle last week at Adams Central. Hakes earned the key win, 8-2, helping Bellmont to eventual victory. He then changed clothes, headed to Fort Wayne and assisted the winning goal in overtime for Bishop Dwengerâ€™s hockey squad. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
By JIM HOPKINS
This amazing wrestling season for Adams County wrestlers continued Saturday at the Jay County Regional as very few area competitors were lost through attrition. Twenty-three from the county will continue at the very tough Fort
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Wayne Semistate this Saturday.
Bellmont, its coaching staff and athletes, deserve the utmost respect for their consistently excellent performances year after year, The faces change, the results just don't. Doug Schultz and Tony Currie have worked tirelessly to bring the Jets back to prominence, and they've done that. Eric Myers and South Adams just continue to upgrade their level, as shown by the seven set for the Coliseum Saturday.
However, without team scoring, these big meets lack a little drama. Maybe that will return next year as the IHSAA eliminates Team State.
There was plenty of drama last Wednesday in the final Adams Central Team
Regional, and a lot of it happened in the hours previous to the meet, which once again featured clutch performances by Bellmont wrestlers who had their backs to the wall with that final Team State berth on the line.
While the Braves needed five straight wins in the upper weights to close out the pesky Yorktown Tigers, it was that first win, at 285 pounds in the opening match, that was just as crucial and, in fact, set up everything else.
And it very nearly didn't happen.
Bellmont's Brian Hakes, recruited out of the hallways at BHS by veteran Braves' coach Brent Faurote, had his first obligation to his Bishop Dwenger hockey team, which had a loop game Wednesday in Fort Wayne.
Hakes' contribution was absolutely necessary for the Braves to overcome Adams Central and South Adams in the Jay Sectional. Hakes went on to play hockey Saturday night for his travel team.
But Hakes was hesitant to miss a regular-seaosn conference hockey game on Wednesday. Though the BHS senior was the difference-maker in the Bellmont football sectional championship, and he's an excellent catcher for the BHS baseball team, his No. 1 sport is hockey, and he's likely to play collegiate hockey if the right situations arises.