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Chieftain wrestlers cage Tigers, edged by Braves

Fielding a full team proved vitally important for Bellefontaine’s wrestling team Thursday during a home tri-meet against West Liberty-Salem and Springfield Shawnee.

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ABOVE: Bellefontaine’s Seth Newman works to take down against Springfield Shawnee during their 132-pound match Thursday at Bellefontaine High School. BELOW: West Liberty-Salem’s Charlie Williams works to turn Bellefontaine’s Hunter Swingley during their 138-pound match Thursday at Bellefontaine High School. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | TONY BARRETT)

The Chieftains handled the Tigers 60-12, but were edged by the Braves 42-38. Shawnee went on to beat WL-Salem 35-3 in the final dual of the night.

The Tigers had just three wrestlers, while the Braves had 10 wrestlers. The Chiefs were missing a few weight classes as well, fielding 12 kids.

“We weren’t able to wrestle with our full lineup and in the end that cost us the dual,” said BHS head coach Rick Reed. “It’s important to have all of our guys in the lineup every night when you are as young as we are.”

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