Brad Busse needed just 15 seconds to cradle Sam Abu-Shehab for a six-pointer, and Ben Baker was all over Justin Ford in a 38-second close-out, capping a huge comeback as Brent Faurote's Bellmont Braves took out No. 13 Mishawaka 34-30 in the final dual at Bellmont's Main Event wrestling tourney Saturday.
The win put the Braves at a solid 2-3 on the day in one of Indiana's toughest high school wrestling meets. No. 1 Perry Meridian proved why they are the best in the state by blasting through with seven unbeaten (for the season) wrestlers, going 4-0 to win the BHS tourney while Penn went 4-1 and Bloomington South 3-1.
The win over the Cavemen, which went 1-3 on the day, was one that Bellmont coveted. "We really wanted that match. We sure didn't want to go 1-4 on the day," stated Faurote after his charges rallied from a 27-6 deficit, winning five of the last six matches to earn the win.
Bellmont also defeated Whitko, 66-9, but lost to Bloomington South, 41-29, fell to Penn 40-20, and gave way to the wrestling behemoth Perry Meridian 60-16.
However, the 16 points, with four victories, that Bellmont scored against the No. 1 Falcons were the most points scored against 21-0 Perry this season. On Saturday, they whipped Mishawaka 66-0, slammed No. 10 Penn 53-5, then blasted Fairfield 69-7.
"We had not given up more than 10 points in a dual this season. Hats off to Bellmont, and they did it without two of their starters in the lineup," stated Meridian coach Jim Tonte, whose Falcons are defending state champs.
Bellmont was without an ill Bobby Keuneke at 120 and heavyweight Brian Hakes.
Faurote admired the strong Perry squad. "To come in here just three weeks before the sectional with eight unbeatens, and leave with seven, that's something special. It's hard to believe that anybody in the state has answers for them. They lost only a handful of matches today," said the BHS coach.
"We won't see competition like this until semistate and state. We have teams in our area that we are competitive with. We can regroup from this and be ready come conference and sectional," said Faurote.