Five members of the state finals Bellmont wrestling team were honored recently for more than athletic achievement as two were placed on the first team Academic All-State and three more were honorable mention All-State.
Ryley Hankenson, the 171-pound wrestler for the Braves, joined fellow senior and 152-pound wrestler Will Busse on the Academic first team.
Hankenson and Busse both shine in the classroom as well as on the mat with Hankenson posting a sparkling 3.94 GPA which ranks him 10th out of 209 and Busse owns a 3.87 GPA which is good for 19th in his soon-to-be graduating class.
Another member of the class of 2011, Daniel Meyer, was awarded honorable mention status as the heavyweight grappler has a 3.35 GPA putting him 62nd in his class.
Two junior wrestlers for Bellmont were on the honorable mention list as well. The 135-pound Dewey Melcher and 140-pound Brooks Faurote were selected to the honor list. Faurote currently sits 19th out of 176 juniors academically with a 3.68 GPA while Melcher is 33rd in his class with a 3.47 GPA.