Fathers, sons are state royalty

    At last week's Bellmont wrestling banquet, 23-year head coach Brent Faurote noted that senior John Mahlan and junior Brooks Faurote became the first two Bellmont wrestlers to follow their fathers to state this past season.
    John qualified for the IHSAA State Wrestling finals at 160 pounds and finished his career at 79-32. His dad, Chris (upper left) was a three-time state placer, winning the 185-pound title in 1979. He was a state runner-up in 1978 and placed third at 177 pounds in 1977. He went 112-10 in his career.
    Brooks qualified for the state tourney this year at 140 pounds and lost a close match on Friday night. Brent (B.J.) Faurote (far right) was the 1981 98-pound champ and finished fourth the next year, going 86-7. With his crown in 1981, Brent became the first wrestler to win a state championship in the Market Square Arena era of state wrestling finals.
    Ironically, Faurote was the coach of the first wrestler to win a state title as Conseco Fieldhouse in 2000 when John Sheets took the 103-pound crown for Bellmont.
    The week after the individual state finals, Brooks and John did something that their fathers did not do: participate in the Wrestling Team State as the Braves took on Penn. Team State started in 1996.
     Together, the Mahlans went 191-42, and the Faurotes 182-31, and counting.