The Bellmont Braves earned the two wins they felt they had a shot at, beating Muncie South and Lawrence North, and made a real run at Mishawaka in a 39-33 loss Saturday at The Main Event super dual held at the BHS gym.
The state's top team the last three years, Perry Meridian, performed as expected, turning back a challenge of No. 5 Penn in a 31-19 win and going 5-0 on the day, as did No. 6 Bloomington South, which avenged a loss in the coaches state tourney to the Kingsman with a 29-17 decision.
"I was honest with the kids Friday night and told them the best we could do was 2-3, but we wrestled well and were actually in that (No. 17) Mishawaka meet and could have won if a couple of matches had gone our way," pointed out Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
The Braves had a real shot at 126 pounds with junior Diego Hutker leading Mishawaka's Dan Hesch by thee points in period three, but he gave up three takedowns and a nearfall in a 14-12 loss. Junior Corey Coshow lost a tough 3-2 decision to Tanner Bradley at 170, and was trying for the win at the buzzer.
Mishawaka was not at full strength, and forfeited at 195 to open the meet and later at 152 to Logan Neher, the lone unbeaten Bellmonter on the day at 4-0.
The Braves got a fall from Daniel Gunsett, who went 4-1 on the day, as he took out Darien Hartley in 5:26 at 113 pounds. Danny Baker scored a key 4-3 win at 120 over Jake Chadwick. Brett Baker was in a 5-4 match with Clint Proctor, then finished off a cradle for a 2:21 win at 160. Brad Busse, 4-1 on the day, scored a fall at 182 for the Braves.
The Braves opened the meet with an impressive 51-27 win over Muncie South, one of the team's put included over the Braves in the first annual 2A coaches state meet two weeks ago.
The Rebels were without 106-pounder Sage Coy, the state's 11th-rated wrestler as he failed to make weight. Because of weight-loss concerns, he did not weigh in at 113 and did not wrestle at all Saturday. A few others also had to bump up classes because weight.
Scoring falls for the Braves were: Brad Busse at 182, Fletcher Shaneyfelt at 195, Brock Braun at 132, Jacob Bergman at 145, and Logan Neher at 152. Coshow opened the meet with a 15-8 win over Kahlil Lewis at 170.
Tre Wills scored a third-period takedown to top Danny Baker of Bellmont 2-1 at 120 pounds.
Trevor Gray, Daniel Gunsett and Diego Hutker all took forfeits for Bellmont.
The Braves scored in one match against Perry Meridian as Logan Neher turned it on in period three versus Thomas, winning 12-7. Neher was the lone Bellmont unbeaten on the day, going 4-0. Bellmont fell 66-3 to the Falcons.