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BHS wrestlers beat Red Devils, fall to Indians

MECHANICSBURG — After experiencing a grueling dual meet schedule this winter, a win was just what Bellefontaine’s wrestling team needed here Thursday.

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Bellefontaine’s Lance Houchin works to take down Tippecanoe’s Garren Cruz during their 106-pound match Thursday at Mechanicsburg High School. Houchin went 2-0 for the Chieftains, who defeated the Red Devils 46-28. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Chieftains went 1-1 in a tri-meet against host Mechanicsburg and Tippecanoe.

Bellefontaine started the night with a 46-28 victory over the Red Devils and then fell to a talented Indians’ squad 48-27. M’burg defeated Tippecanoe in an impressive 69-0 win to finish 2-0 on the night.

The Chiefs’ victory against the Red Devils, who are seeded fourth in their region in the state dual tournament, served multiple purposes, and even the loss to Mechanicsburg had some positives.

“We have had a tough dual meet schedule this year,” said BHS head coach Rick Reed. “We may not have gotten as many wins as maybe we could have if we had scheduled easier competition, so it was nice to get a win tonight.

“We are always happy to beat Tipp City in anything, so it was nice to get a win over them. Coach Brady Hiatt has done an unbelievable job at Mechanicsburg. Our kids battled in that dual and I was proud of our guys.”

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