Jets earn five wins in 55-22 loss to 10th-rated Bellmont

    Bellmont won six matches and took three forfeits, and Adams Central took five wins, including at overtime victory at 152, in the annual showdown between the neighboring schools Tuesday at the Teepee as the Braves scored a 53-22 wrestling victory.
    "We wanted to come in here and get six, and we got five," stated Adams Central coach Doug Schultz, whose Jets slipped to 16-5 with the loss. "All in all, it was a pretty good dual meet, enjoyable to watch."
    "I said coming in that (Will) Busse-(Jarod) Schwartz would be the best match of the night, and it was," he added, of the match won on an overtime takedown by Schwartz, 7-5.
    The Braves won a close match at 160 as senior John Mahlan agressively backed up junior Chantz Luginbill, earning a pair of stalling  points and a 3-1 decision.
    "Mahlan was the aggressor and had a few shots, but when he's wrestling a kid that is backing up he needs to change off and go to a snapdown. He has to get a takedown anyway," said Bellmont assistant coach Paul Gunsett.
    Junior Jet Derek Roe improved to 20-1with a 7-2 win over Bobby Keuneke, who trailed 4-2 in the third after a takedown in period two. He cut Roe loose late, but the Central grappler earned the match-clinching takedown.
    Bellmont's Blake Adams controlled Derek Ellinger for a 5-2 win at 125.
    Bellmont 140-pound junior Brooks Faurote was a late scratch when he suffered a back spasm while warming up. AC senior Blake Thieme pinned sub Trevor Love in 1:12.
    "Brooks has had back problems for a few days, was all right after a treatment this afternoon, but he wrenched it again in his final warmup work. He's a gamer and could have gone, but we had a kid to throw in there, so that's what we did," noted BHS coach Brent Faurote.
    The Braves had falls from Jacob Girod at 112, Dewey Melcher at 135, and heavyweight Daniel Meyer, and a tech fall from Ryley Hankenson at 171. The Braves accepted forfeits at 103 with Jordan Richards, 189 with Brad Busse and 215 with unbeaten Travis Thatcher.
    Hankenson continued his dominance, hitting a toss, a corkscrew and cradle top build a big lead in period one before his headlock and toss to seal the tech fall.
    "I'm expecting to have a couple of good matches at Mishawaka (next week) and hopefully I'll see where I'm really at," noted Hankenson, who could meet defending state champ Drake Stein of Princeton in the Al Smith Invitational.
    Meyer opened the meet with a 3:35 fall over AC senior Nick Heyerly. Keuneke stepped over Zac Yoder for a five-pointer early, then finished the deal in 5:51.
    The Jets scored falls at 130 with Josh Schwartz and at 140. Zeke Schultz scored a 9-1 major at 145 over BHS sub Jacob Bergman.
    "Jared did a nice job against Busse, who is pretty good about slowing a guy down. Schwartz had a lot of movement," stated Schultz.
    Busse scored first on the edge in period one and the two exchanged reversals, with Busse scoring with four seconds to go in period one for a 4-2 lead. He held down Schwartz in period two and was given an escape for a 5-2 lead in the third period.
    Busse was tagged for a penalty point for fleeing, then couldn't stop Schwartz from earning the tying takedown with 33 seconds in regulation.
    Gunsett liked the effort of Keuneke, who had a key win in the victory over Carroll last week. "That was a great match with two solid guys going at it," said the coach of last night's 119-pound battle. "Bobby had a couple of solid shots. If he finishes one of them maybe he wins the match, but he's wrestling a kid who has great movement, great defense and great shots of his own."
    "We knew there was going to be some good matches and we weren't disappointed with Busse-Schwartz, Keuneke-Roe, and Mahlan and Luginbill, who has improved a lot over last year," stated Faurote.
    "There were a couple of places where they were superior, but our kids didn't wrestle intimidated, so I was happy," said Schultz. "The one complaint I have is that we were slow starting. If we wrestled the first minute like the rest of the matches at about three weights, we'd have been in a lot better position to go for a win."
    Bellmont will get ready for the rugged 32-team Mishawaka meet, set for next Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 29 and 30. Adams Central gets a few weeks off prior to their Jan. 8 Jet Invitational.
    MAT NOTES: The Braves are 16-2 and have had only one glitch in the first half of the season ...  "New Castle ... they don't beat us now," said Gunsett. "They caught us without Dewey, and he definitely doesn't get pinned and that would have made the difference. But it's not about November and December, but it's about February, about getting these matches in and getting better."  Gunsett also noted that the AC Team Regional will be loaded, with Yorktown, Bellmont and a strong Carroll team expected to be in the field.    

Bellmont 53, A. Central 22
285-Meyer (B) p. Heyerly 3:35
103-Jordan Richards (B) WBF
112-Girod (B) p. J. Thieme 3:56
119-D. Roe (AC)  d. Keuneke 7-2
125-Adams (B) d. Ellinger 5-2
130-Jo. Schwartz (AC) p. W. Mahlan 5:33
135-Melcher (AC) p. Yoder 5:51
140-B. Thieme (AC) p. Love 1:12
145-Schultz (AC) m.d. J. Bergman 9-1
152-Ja. Schwartz (AC) d. W. Busse 7-5, OT
160-Mahlan (B) d. Luginbill 3-1
171-Hankenson (B) t.f. Isch 19-2
189-Brad Busse (B) WBF
215-Travis Thatcher (B) WBF

JV: Bellmont 26, A. Central 10
112-Poling (B) m.d. Cook 12-2
125-S. Bergman (B) p. Hartmann 2:37
145-Akmuradov (B) d. Eyestone 8-1
145-Call (AC) d. Neher 5-4
145-Garner (AC) m.d. Mendez 10-0
152-Brister (B) p. Reynolds 3:35
160-Marbach (AC) d. Coshow 7-2
171-Walters (B) m.d. Bollenbacher 13-4
189-B. Baker (B) d. Pfister 1-0