Braves wrestlers beat New Haven for 52nd straight year

Lucas Juengal fights for a pin against New Haven’s Dom Wesley Tuesday night. Unable to do so, Juengal won 8-5.
Staff Writer

By CHRIS TULEY
Decatur Daily Democrat

NEW HAVEN — Confidence surrounded the Bellmont wrestling team Tuesday night as the Braves worked over the Bulldogs for the 52nd consecutive years. Bellmont won 10 of the 14 matches with a score of 42-23.
Bellmont didn't secure the win until Carter Thomas won at 126 in a match that highlighted head coach Paul Gunsett's confidence in his team.
Bellmont led 34-18 with three matches remaining and was still able to lose the meet.
At this point, the look on Gunsett's face indicated zero concern. "Hey, let him go!" Gunsett yelled when Carter Thomas was up 12-2. "Hey!" Gunsett yelled a second time, after Thomas tackled and released his foe to lead 14-3. Thomas looked up to see his coach smiling and mouthing the word "again."  Thomas won 21-3 against Aweston Hovis, cementing the win for the Braves.
Mason Burkholder started the dual meet at the 145 weight class against NH's Camari Kirk. Burkholder led 7-2 when he pinned Kirk in 2:48. Jon Ruble came in at 152, where he pinned Coleton Junk in a match best 1:12.
Freshman Alec Mowery earned his varsity win with a 15-5 major decision at 160. The first period of senior Lucas Juengel's match at 170 ended with Juengel up 5-0. After Dom Wesley pulled off a reversal and a three-point near fall, the second period ended tied at five. Juengal was able to earn an escape and a takedown in the third to win 8-5, putting Bellmont up 19-0.
Dakota Roudebush suffered the first of Bellmont's four losses in a close 4-5 decision.
At 195, Caden Friedt battled Tristan Martz. This match was all ground game, the only point scored was Friedt's escape in the second period. After the 1-0 win for Friedt, Bellmont now led 22-3.
Neither of Bellmont's big men were able to find much footing. Dalton Robinson was pinned at 220 while Branson Bills fell at 285 in just 25 seconds. Bellmont's lead was sharply cut to 22-15.
New Haven did not have a body in the 106 spot, so Ike Ruble gained six points for free. Dominic Litchfield came in at 113 to extend Bellmont's lead with a pin that barely took over a minute. Kyle Lawson was absent from the meet, so senior Andrew Hutker stepped up to 120, only to fall to 8-4 to Jett Rondot.
Patrick Gunsett won 13-7 at 132, while the final match of the night was lost. New Haven's Elijah Chacon won 15-0 over Gavin Cox at 138.

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