NEW CASTLE — Despite a tough one-point loss to host New Castle, No. 11 Bellmont walked away with the tourney hardware Saturday, winning the eight-team New Castle Invitational with a little help from New Palestine.
"We were disappointed with the loss to New Castle, but they had several guys ranked and those kids performed really well," lauded Bellmont coach Brent Faurote on the 38-37 loss to the Trojans.
In the prior meet, the Braves handled New Palestine, a team that defeated Bellmont in two of the last three years, scoring a convincing 53-21 victory over the No. 19 Dragons. In the day's final round, New Palestine scored a host of falls for a 45-36 win over New Castle. Bellmont won the meet on most total points scored.
The Braves dumped Whiteland 59-12, dumped Franklin County 63-9, and won 12 matches against Pendleton Heights for a 66-12 victory.
The 4-1 mark on the day gives the Braves a 9-2 record this far. Bellmont travels to New Haven Tuesday and hosts Snider on Thursday.
The Braves performed without junior 135-pounder Dewey Melcher, out with sickness. "With Dewey in the lineup, that's a match we might have won, or at least stayed off our back, but I was real pleased with (sub) Trevor Love. He came in here today, wrestled five matches, won two and wrestled hard, and earned his varsity letter," lauded the coach.
The Trojans also received a break and an extra point at the end of the 145-pound match when Levi Rose (rated 13th) was credited with a takedown without much control, earning a 20-5 tech fall over Anthony Stebing. It was Stebing's first competitive day at 145 after winning the spot from Jacob Bergman, 5-1, in a wrestle-off.
Stebing, a takedown from state at 171 pounds last year, routed New Palestine's Ethan Spaulding before scoring the 2:50 fall. Stebing went 2-1 on the day.
"Honestly, it was not a problem. Anthony is now below 10 percent body fat but he's not close to the minimum. This just shows how much he wants to be in the lineup. He wanted in, and he found a spot. It's a little different (from 171) but he'll get stronger as the year goes on," stated the BHS coach.
The coach was also pleased with junior Jacob Girod, who scored a 10-0 major over Hulic of New Castle to start that meet. Sophomore Willie Mahlan scored a 52-second fall over Talavera at 130.
Brooks Faurote took a forfeit, Stebing fell, and Will Busse lasted just 29 seconds against second-rated Mullins at 152.
"New Castle's better kids are good pinners, but I expect Will Busse to hang with anybody if he believes in himself," said Faurote.
At 160, John Mahlan was caught on a shot and yielded an early takedown, and that was the difference in a 3-1 loss to J. Decker. That put the hosts up 32-16. "It was a poor shot and the kid gets a defensive takedown. Mahlan forced it. That's why you wrestle these matches. Mahlan learned from it," said Faurote.
Ryley Hankenson then used his Seitz-pin combo to turn Rittenbery in 1:30, and Isaac Birch took a forfeit at 189 to cut the lead to four.
Travis Thatcher chased Mofield around the mat, finally getting the takedown in overtime and the 3-1 win. Dan Meyer turned Neu in 29 seconds, but the forfeit at 103 gave the meet to New Castle.
"We'll take those one-point wins over quality teams anytime we can get them," stated long-time New Castle coach Rex Peckinpaugh.
A key win against New Palestine came at 130 as Willie Mahlan trailed 8-2 against Logan Hunt. "A couple of fly-bys and Willie was behind, but he hits a cradle out of a scramble situation and gets the fall (3:38). It was a big win for us," said the coach.
Brooks Faurote was 0-0 with Nick Ulrey, but scored a three-pointer on a his corkscrew in period two and held on for a 3-1 win at 140. Earlier, Bobby Keuneke scored a fall, then Stebing dominated Spaulding, and that tied the meet at 21-all.
John Mahlan hit eight takedowns and just missed a tech fall, taking a 20-6 major over Brian Wagner. Hankenson took a forfeit, and Ben Baker pinned Nate Derheimer in 2:39 as Bellmont pulled away. Thatcher took a forfeit and Meyer scored another fall in the surprising rout.
"It's all about matchups. New Castle gets us, we handle New Pal, and they come back and get New Castle. We'll take it," said the coach.
"The younger kids are definitely showing improvement. Girod has worked hard, and we've told him his technique is so much better than a year ago. His quickess is better, he put in a good off-seasonn and now he's a solid 112-pounder. Now it's the mental part. We can't fix that. He's got to do that. He's got to think 'I'm pretty good, I can do this.'"
Going unbeaten on the day were: Willie Mahlan, Ryley Hankenson, Ben Baker, Travis Thatcher and Daniel Meyer.
112-Jacob Girod 4-1
119-Bobby Keuneke 4-1
125-Blake Adams 2-3
130-Willie Mahlan 5-0
135-Trevor Love 2-3
140-Brooks Faurote 5-0
145-Anthony Stebing 2-1
145-Jacob Bergman 1-1
152-Will Busse 4-1
160-John Mahlan 4-1
171-Ryley Hankenson 5-0
189-Isaac Birch 3-1
189, 215-Ben Baker 2-0
215-Travis Thatcher 4-0
285-Daniel Meyer 5-0
Bellmont 53, New Palestine 21
103-Rylan McCarty (N) WBF
112-T. Fee (N) d. J. Girod 9-5
119-B. Keuneke (B) p. Taylor 2:46
125-G. Wagner (N) p. Adams :43
130-W. Mahlan (B) p. Hunt 3:38
135-B. Elsea (N) p. Love :40
140-B. Faurote (B) d. Ulrey 3-1
145-A. Stebing (B) p. Spaulding 2:30
152-W. Busse (B) m.d.Robinson 10--0
160-J. Mahlan (B) m.d. Wagner 20-6
171-R. Hankenson (B) WBF
189-B. Baker (B) p. Derheimer 2:35
215-T. Thatcher (B) WBF
285-D. Meyer (B) p. Bryan 3:10
N. Castle 38, Bellmont 37
112-J. Girod (B) m.d. Hulic 10-0
119-Campbell (N) p. Keuneke 1:41
125-Catron (N) p. B. Adams 1:24
130-W. Mahlan (B) p. Talavera :52
135-Decker (N) p. Love 1:50
140-B. Faurote (B) WBF
145-Rose (N) t.f. Stebing 20-5
152-Mullins (N) p. Busse :29
160-J. Decker (N) d. Mahlan 3-1
171-Hankenson (B) p. Rittenbery 1:30
189-I. Birch (B) WBF
215-Thatcher d. Mofield 3-1, OT
285-Meyer (B) p. Neu :29
103-Broyles (N) WBF
Bellmont 63, Franklin County 9
119-Keuneke (B) p. A. Apsley 1:59
125-B. Adams (B) p. Ahakin :30
130-W. Mahlan (B) WBF
135-T. Love (B) p. Kirkendall :58
140-B. Faurote (B) d. McCoy 5-1
145-N. Feller (F) d. Bergman 7-1
152-W. Busse (B) p. Precht :54
160-J. Mahlan (B) p. O'Neal :18
171-Hankenson (B) p. Harrishfear :48
189-I. Birch (B) p.Saylor 1:04
215-B. Baker (B) p. A. Brown :52
285-D. Meyer (B) WBF
103-K. Condo (F) WBF
112-Girod (B) p. Orschell
Bellmont 66, Pendleton Hts. 12
125-B. Adams (B) p. Philbert 1:05
130-W. Mahlan (B) p. Ray 1:13
135-McCool (P) p. Love 4:35
140-B. Faurote (B) p. Witeley 1:43
145-A. Stebing (B) WBF
152-W. Busse (B) WBF
160-J. Mahlan (B) d. Stephenson 16-9
171-R. Hankenson (B) WBF
189-I. Birch (B) p. Stilwell 2;16
215-Thatcher (B) d. Smitherman 4-3
285-D. Mdyer (B) p. Fetherston :38
103-T. Collier (F) WBF
112-Girod (B) p. McCauly 1:59
119-Keuneke (B) p. Lowe :50
Bellmont 59, Whiteland 12
285-D. Meyer (B) p. Peavler 1:35
112-Girod (B) p. Sutton 1:53
119-B. Keuneke (B) p. Kelley 1:55
125-Wilson (W) Adams 3:52
130-W. Mahlan (B) d. Byrne 8-1
135-T. Love (B) d. Perry 9-2
140-B. Faurote (B) p. Bernstein :44
145-Bergman (B) p. Dhanda 1:57
152-W. Busse (B) p. Ammerman 1:54
160-J. Mahlan (B) p. McCoy 3:45
171-Hankenson (B) t.f. Wassman 19-4
189-Wheat (W) p. Birch 3:39
215-Thatcher (B) p. Strain 2:42