NEW CASTLE—Bellmont made their presence felt over the weekend as the Braves' wrestlers cashed in on a 5-0 domination of the field at New Castle High School's Invitational.
The most notable win of the day on Saturday for coach Brent Faurote and his young Braves came against Pendleton Heights topping the Arabians 39-33.
Bellmont started out the match against PH with a pin from Trevor Gray at 106, then a major decision by Daniel Gunsett at 113 for an early 10-0 lead. The Arabians made a nice push in the next two rounds pinning a pair of Braves to take a 12-10 lead.
Brock Braun gave the Braves the lead back when he defeated his opponent at 132 with a pin at 1:18 in the first round. Not to be outdone, Willie Mahlan pinned his opponent at 138 in 1:33 of the first round and Bellmont enjoyed a 22-12 cushion.
Braves' senior Trevor Love controlled his opponent for most of the battle at 145 leading into the third period until a sudden pin from Matt Goff from a headlock position ended the match abruptly. Love tossed his headgear in frustration afterwards leading to a one-point penalty for Bellmont and the Braves lead shrunk to 21-18.
Pendleton Heights would even tie the match at 24-24 after a Jacob Bergman 5-3 decision, then a Arabian pin at 160. Bellmont would not tie or fall behind again, however.
Brett Baker earned a 12-8 decision at 170, then Corey Coshow put an exclamation on a great day individually by pinning his opponent at 182 in the second round.
"Corey came out aggressive for us getting that high crotch takedown," coach Faurote praised.
Brad Busse wrestled for :29 seconds at 195 before netting six for Bellmont sealing the match at 39-24 with two wrestlers to go. Pendleton would score three each in the next two bouts to fall by just six points.
Bellmont posted a 66-12 win over Elwood, then a 49-18 decision over Franklin County, a team that at one time was a great rivalry to the Braves. Bellmont felled New Castle 54-24, then Whiteland by a huge margin, 72-6.