YORKTOWN — “If that’s the best team in 3A, and we’ve got (Brad) Busse in the lineup, you’re looking at maybe a two or three-point match today. We wrestled well enough to stay with them,” stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote Saturday afternoon following Bellmont’s 41-27 loss to 3A No. 1 Yorktown in the final round of the annual Yorktown Thanksgiving Duals.
With two matches to go in that final dual of the day, the Braves trailed just 31-27 because Brock Braun had scored a four-point move with just seconds left in the 132-pound match, stunning the Yorkies’ Jake Stephenson 5-4.
The Braves earlier got a boost from junior Fletcher Shaneyfelt, who battled off of his back against Noah Little, scoring a 4:54 fall at 220 pounds.
Tigers’ senior Dalton Baysinger, rated No. 9 at 138, downed BHS senior Willie Mahlan 11-2 to clinch the win for the hosts, then No. 3 rated Tiger Chandler Carroll pinned Trevor Love to close out the surprisingly close meet.
Bellmont’s Busse, rated No. 6 at 195 pounds, missed the first six duals of the season because of an athletic code violation. Brad will be back next Saturday at New Castle.
“If that’s the No. 1 team in our division, maybe something is wrong with the coaches ratings,” said Faurote, who was not amused when his perennially-state tough Braves were not invited to the new coaches team tourney set for Westfield on Dec. 22.
“We’re pretty pleased. We did wrestle well against Yorktown and won some big matches. Could we do it again? I don’t know, but we have done it in the past,” pointed out the coach, whose Braves lost only one time to Yorktown with a team state berth on the line in a decade of confrontations at Muncie and Adams Central.
Though the Braves took it on the chin hard against a strong New Palestine team, losing 63-16 in the opening meet of the day, there weren’t many flaws in the performance of Bellmont, which went 3-2 on the day.
Bellmont defeated Delta 66-12, dumped New Albany 66-15, and outlasted Western Boone 48-21. The Braves, rated No. 7 in 3A, are now 4-2 on the season.
New Palestine rallied to defeat Yorktown 36-32, and the Dragons went 5-0 on the day to capture the team trophy. In the overall poll, Yorktown is rated No. 5, and New Palestine No. 6. Western Boone is ranked 20th.
Brett Baker, the only Bellmonter to go 5-0 on the day, cradled Dillon Jackson of Yorktown in 2:20 to put the Braves on the board. After Shaneyfelt fought off of his back, then pancaked Joey Pier, Bellmont trailed 22-12.