Adams, Melcher earn key wins as Braves zap Chargers

    Keyed by solid wins from seniors Blake Adams at 126 and Dewey Melcher at 152 pounds, and back-to-back falls from Jon Poling at 113 and Bob Keuneke at 120, Bellmont kept its NHC train roaring with a convincing 43-14 win over Carroll at the Teepee Thursday night.
    The win, which clinched at least a tie for the NHC regular-season crown, puts the Braves at 6-0 in the conference with only Homestead left. Bellmont is now 14-2 overall while Carroll slipped to 7-3 and 3-3 in the league.
    It was the 25th win without a loss for Bellmont over Carroll. Bellmont defeated the Chargers by just eight points a year ago in the NHC dual. Carroll then took the NHC tourney crown over the Braves.
    "I told the kids that we could make it very interesting, or if we go out and wrestle like we're capable of, we could separate from Carroll a little bit, like we did against DeKalb, and we were able to do that," said Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
    The Braves have a couple of county contests next week, traveling to Adams Central to meet the 11-0 Jets on Tuesday, then going south to the Stardome on Thursday in the first match against South Adams (18-2) in 40 years.