Chiefs Sweep Battle of Route 68


Bellefontaine’s High School and Middle School Wrestling teams competed in the annual Battle of Route 68 against Urbana and won back the traveling trophy.

This is the seventh time in nine duals that the Chiefs have won the 68 trophy! Their previous wins were in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and now 2023. The Battle of 68 series started in 2015.


HS Bellefontaine 42, Urbana 30

MS Bellefontaine 42, Urbana 34

Winning for the HS:

106 – Jared Young – pin

113 – Wyatt Latimer – forfeit

126 – Wes Morris – forfeit

138 – Zane Tevis – forfeit

144 – Zavier May – pin

175 – Parker Knox – pin

285 – Charlie Bible – pin

The dual came down to the final match. The Chiefs were ahead 36-30 when Charlie Bible recorded a pin at heavyweight for a 42-30 final.

Also competing for the Chiefs were Jeffery Smith (120), Mason Cook (150), Justin Robinson (215), and Conny Evans (285).

Winning for the MS:

80- Aiden Wells

86- Brooks Kinchen

104- Brenden Murray

122- Nicholas Beair

134- Tristyn Wilson

142 Thane Admire

150- Noah Torsell

Also wrestling for the Chiefs:

92- Eli Deal

98- Braidyn Coulson

116- James Foster

128- Ricky Smiley

142- Aven Caudill

MS Girls recording wins:

116 – Karsyn Newkirk- pin

122 – Rylee Yelton – pin

“We’re real proud the guys after tonight’s performance. This is something the kids really enjoy and adds a fun element with the traveling trophy. We moved the lineup around a little bit to help match up better with Urbana. We also had guys who have struggled this year give their best performances. It came down to the final match at heavyweight, Charlie had pinned that kid before, but there was a lot of pressure on him tonight. He handled it well and delivered when his team needed him to. Every one of these guys fought and that was what we needed to come away with a win tonight,” said BHS head coach Aaron LaBatt.

Bellefontaine returns to the mat Saturday, February 11 at the Dixie Invitational.