"I just told the kids to go over to the (auxillary) gym, and walk around, talk, find an attitude," explained Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, whose wrestling time out was never more needed, after a 48-21 thrashing by No. 15 Mishawaka in Saturday's Main Event, likely the toughest super dual in the state.
"We did not wrestle with an attitude against Mishawaka ... but then we came back and wrestled really well in the Bloomington South match."
They did that. With the Panthers leading 29-27 with three matches to go, the Braves obviously had to win two to take it, and get that first win of the season against a top-20 team.
"(Logan) Neher got the takedown, looked for the Palmer cradle and picked up the pin, a huge win and we needed one more," set up Faurote of the 145-pound stick of Brennan Barlow.
"(Brock) Braun hit a side cradle to get his pin and clinched the match, but what I liked about that was that he had a scoring opportunity, he head-hunted and got the fall in a match where all we needed was a decision. That was the difference."
Braun needed just 47 seconds to clinch the first Bellmont win of the day after two lopsided losses. Bryce Baumgartner, who went 4-1, capped the 45-29 win with a 2:22 fall over Chase Webb at 160.
South was without No. 1 rated Dakota Thacker at 195.
"We came in a little tired today, not really ready for those first two matches," admitted Bellmont senior 220-pounder Fletcher Shaneyfelt, a 9-1 major winner earlier in the round against the Panthers' Chase Dixon.
"We stepped up against Bloomington South and turned it around," he added.
The Braves fell to a very good dual meet team in Penn in the opening round, 52-13, lost to Mishawaka, later fell to a menacing Perry Meridian team 69-3, and capped the day with a 67-17 win over first-time Main Event entrant Wayne-Trace of Ohio.
"We go 2-3, and we know the competition," said Faurote.
"We know we're not in Perry's League. We know we're not in Penn's league, that's no secret. We set up the schedule years ago, knowing that to be the best that we can be we need to see the best. It shows our younger kids where we have to be to compete with the top teams in the state.”