AUBURN — Carroll took four championships and five runner-up slots, and all 14 wrestlers scored Saturday as the Chargers held off East Noble 262-248.5 to add the 2013 Northeast Hoosier Conference Wrestling Tournament crown to their dual-meet season title.
Bellmont, the defending champ in the tourney, finished fourth with 172.5 to the 186 of New Haven and coach Barry Humble. This marked the first year since 1990, the initial year of the NHC, that Bellmont has been shut out of both the wrestling tourney and dual-meet season title combination.
Bellmont senior Brad Busse earned the 195-pound championship, scoring three first-period falls, and was the only Bellmont winner. Frosh heavyweight Cody Fields had a big day, scoring a pair of close decisions to get to the finals before falling in 3:04 to two-time champ Drake DeMuyt of East Noble.
DeMuyt was one of six East Noble champions. The Knights added two seconds and four thirds. It wasn’t enough.
“How often do you get six champs and don’t win the conference tournament? Amazing!” commented Bellmont coach Brent Faurote on the 500 total points scored by the top two teams for 2013.
The Braves lost seven wrestlers in the critical first round, then five of those seven winners in the semi-finals. “We came back and did all right, but we were hoping for a few more third places. Instead, we got fourths and fifths,” noted the BHS coach.
The Braves placed 13 of 14, but had four fourths and four fifths. “I felt we had our best week of practice. We were well prepared, it just didn’t carry over,” said Faurote.
“We didn’t click as a whole unit by any means. If we’re going to be in the hunt this Saturday (Jay Sectional), everyone has to contribute.
“Busse did a nice job. In the final, he took (Corey) Rickman of Carroll down, hit a nice quarter-Nelson, puts him on his back on goes up 5-0, then pins him. He made pretty quick work of it,” said the coach, noting the 48-second fall. Busse pinned Ross Thompson of DeKalb in 1:10, then Matt Robinson of New Haven in 1:15 en route to maximum points.
It was Busse’s second straight NHC wrestling title.