Braves fight off tenacious Jets, Stars for mat crown

    PORTLAND  —  Bellmont roared back from 23 points down midway through the meet and somehow held off a resilient Adams Central squad in the topsy-turvy final round to squeak out their 22nd consecutive sectional wrestling title Saturday in a mad thee-way wrestling race at Jay County.
    When the dust had settled in a final round, which saw six lead changes on the team scoreboard, the Braves had 228 points to the 222 of Central and 212 of South Adams, which rolled through the finals with five champions.
    The Braves will face Yorktown in the first round of the Adams Central Team Regional Wednesday at 6 p.m. A state finals slot in the final Indiana Team State Wrestling Meet will be on the line. Carroll and Snider will also be there.
    "I am physically drained," stated Bellmont head coach Brent Faurote after the emotional ordeal.
    "There was a lot of pressure on this one because we knew it was going to be a good meet and it was. AC had a super tournament. We did just enough to hold them off."
    "We wrestled well all day long. We did what we could do in that final round, went one and one with them (Bellmont) head to head in the finals. I don't know what else we could do, just find a way to score six more points along the way. Hats off to them and good luck at regional," stated a disappointed AC coach Doug Schultz.
    The statistics for the three county teams are staggering. The Braves placed 13, put 12 through to regional, took three titles and went 9-4 in the last round. The Jets advanced 11 of their 13 placers, took three titles and seemed never be out of any match during the day, going 8-5 in the last round  South Adams slam-dunked the finals and almost made up a 19-point deficit with five crowns, including Todd Batt holding down Derek Roe of AC in a 1-0 battle of champions final at 132 pounds. The Stars went 7-4 in that final round.