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YORKTOWN — "Even though it's early in the season, we were hoping to get them," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, whose Braves have avenged regular-season losses to Yorktown in two of the last three regional showdowns in February.
Bellmont won the first three matches against Yorktown by sudden fall with Landon Baker pinning John Walies at 170 in 39 seconds, then Brad Busse at 182 and Ben Baker at 195 both needed just 23 seconds, Busse to stop Hunter Hiestand, and Baker taking out Cody Smith. It was 24-0 Bellmont when Yorktown chose not to challenge Bellmont senior Isaac Birch at 220 pounds.
The Braves almost added to that at heavyweight, but Yorktown's Matt Murray scored a reversal in the second overtime for a key 5-3 decision over Skyler Hayes.
Bellmont won only two weight classes after that as Blake Adams continued in his role as Yorktown Killer with a first period fall over Logan Campbell, and McCormick chose to forfeit the final match at 160 to Bellmont's Dewey Melcher since the meet was out of reach.
The Braves had no trouble with their other four opponents. BHS downed LaPorte 53-19, zapped Delta 68-17 handled Huntington North 58-15, and whipped one of the ACAC's best in Garrett 57-21.
Busse, Ben Baker and Blake Adams all went 5-0 on the day. Birch, Jon Poling at 113, Brooks Faurote, and Keuneke all went 4-1.
The Braves are off until Saturday's New Castle Super Duals. Among the foes will be the hosts, Pendleton Heights and New Palestine.