Fathers, sons are state royalty
STATE ROYALTY â€” John Mahlan (front, left) and Brooks Faurote (front, right) became the first two Bellmont wrestlers to follow their fathers to state this past season. Chris Mahlan (top, left) was a three-time state placer and won the 1979 state crown at 185. Brent (B.J.) Faurote (far right), the current Bellmont head coach, won the 1981 98-pound crown and finished fourth in '82. John is a senior and Brooks a junior. (Jim Hopkins Photo)
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.
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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.