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Kalver joins hall of fame

February 21, 2011

FAME HALL GUYS ... Former Decatur resident Dr. John Doan (left) is with three former Bellmont wrestling coaches — from left, Ken Webb, A.J. Kalver and Gary Giessler — in Indianapolis on Sunday as Kalver was inducted into the Indiana State Wrestling Coaches Association. He joins Doan and Giessler in the hall. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)

By JIM HOPKINS    
    "He couldn't get enough wrestling," said former Bellmont wrestling coach Ken Webb, referring to A. J. Kalver, inducted into the Indiana Wrestling coaches Association Hall of Fame on Sunday at Greenwood.
    "He'd see something I was doing, and he say, 'Show me that.' And he'd pick it up and run with it. He soaked it all up. We worked very well together," continued Webb, the second head coach in Bellmont history, following Gary Giessler.
    Kalver, just out of Indiana University, helped Webb for three years, then took over the Bellmont program when Webb headed back to his home area of Bloomington.
    All three coaches were together Sunday, exchanging old stories and barbs prior to the banquet.
    "A.J. was was a great guy, and we had great kids. It was fun. We had that one really great team with Kevin McBarnes, Dave Schirack and others, but we started that elementary program, and that's what put Bellmont on the map and made a difference in the future years," offered Webb.
     It was a big weekend for Bellmont wrestling. Besides Kalver being inducted into the wrestling coaches hall, three senior members of the squad earned top-five places in the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals held at Conseco Fieldhouse.
    Senior heavweight Daniel Meyer had his first setback of the season in the crucial semi-inals against the eventual state champ, Jeremiah Harvey of Culver Community, when he couldn't escape in the fourth overtime period, losing 3-2.
    Meyer came back to earn third place, while 215-pounder Travis Thatcher and 171-pounder Ryley Hankenson both took fifth places. All three wrestlers went 3-1 in the tourney and Bellmont was 9-7 overall. Four Bellmont wrestlers were defeated Friday night in preliminary round.
    Two wrestlers from South Adams and three from Adams Central also were eliminated in the opening round.
    "It was so close for Daniel. We had 30 seconds to get out and in the other overtime session we got out in five seconds. I thought there was no way he'd be able to keep Daniel down for 30 seconds," said Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
    "Give the kid (Harvey) credit, he did a heckuva job. He didn't do a lot, but he did it enough in that last 30 seconds to win that match. It's one of those situations where if he does that five times I think Daniel scores four times,"
     Harvey went overtime for the third time in the tourney in the finals and that time actually got a defensive takedown to win it.
    "I know the kids are little bit disappointed because they thought they might have gone a little higher, but we're walking out of here with three medals and we went 9-7 overall. I'm proud of these guys that they earned these individual medals. Now we have to try and get team medals next week" at Team State, added Faurote.
    The Bellmont coach noted that his wrestlers handled well the tragic situation of losing longtime assistant coach John Friedt last week when he died after suffering a stroke. "We talked about John everyday before practice and the kids went out and had good practices. That's what John would've wanted," Faurote said.
    There were reminders of John Friedt, who helped hundreds of Bellmont wrestlers over a 36-year period, at Conseco last weekend. "Mat Burns" magazine editor Richard Jay had a handmade sign saying "Thanks, John" taped to his computer screen. Faurote carried Friedt's wrestling shoes, attached to his information bag, around the arena floor on both days.
    "It was tough. There have been a lot of tears," Faurote said.

Friedt remembered
        Bellmont Wrestling Coach Brent Faurote said his wrestlers handled well at last weekend's State Meet the tragic situation of losing longtime Assistant Coach John Friedt when he died after suffering a stroke last week.
    "We talked about John every day before practice and the kids went out and had good practices. That's what John would've wanted," Faurote said.
    There were reminders of Friedt, who helped hundreds of Bellmont wrestlers over a 36-year period, at Conseco last weekend. "Mat Burns" magazine editor Richard Jay had a handmade sign saying "Thanks, John" taped to his computer screen.
    Faurote carried Friedt's wrestling shoes, attached to his information bag, around the arena floor on both days.
    "It was tough. There have been a lot of tears," Faurote said.
    The longtime coach's funeral service was held late this morning at the Adams County Service Complex.
 

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