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BERNE — Bellmont's Logan Neher handed South Adams' junior Boaz Marbach his first loss in two months, scoring a 9-3 victory at 145 pounds, and the Braves continued their strong late-season push with a 63-12 win over the Starfires in the final dual meet of the season for both clubs.
Bellmont won 11 matches, scoring eight falls, and took a forfeit at 138 in the rout, which surprised both coaches.
"We came in and felt that they could have been favored at six or seven classes," stated BHS coach Brent Faurote, whose Braves closed at 17-7.
"After 14 matches in eight days, I thought we might be a little flat tonight, but the kids were loose in practice Monday and obviously they wrestled well tonight."
Faurote pointed to three key matches: the win by Neher, the fall by senior Fletcher Shaneyfelt at 220 pounds over 17-4 Kyle Kilsby, and another gutty showing by 197-pound sophomore heavyweight Drew Butler, who lost by a point to senior Andrew Beachey.
South Adams rolled at 120 pounds as two-time state placer Sawyer Miller jumped on BHS sophomore standout Daniel Gunsett, earning a third-period fall. The Stars also earned a key win as Klayton Hinshaw improved to 26-3 with a 3-0 win over BHS senior Corey Coshow at 182 pounds.
"I was hoping that they might be a little bit off, not taking us too seriously," said veteran SA coach Barry Humble, whose first South Adams squad finished at 10-10 despite a very thin room.
"Give Brent a lot of credit, he had them ready and they wrestled us really well.
"We were obviously overmatched in several classes and gave up way too many cradles, too many falls, and there's two matches that I would like to have back," said Humble.
"The other big win tonight was Shaneyfelt," noted Faurote.
"He got the opportunity there, head-hunted and got the fall.
“Logan had a 4-0 lead, then gave up three points in the last 14 seconds of the second period, but he did recover from that, got a reversal, hit a nice turk and got the key 9-3 decision against a solid kid in Marbach," stated Faurote.
"Boaz was just out of sink from the get-go," said Humble.