FORT WAYNE — The Patriots were a late add to the tournament.

They nearly pulled off an upset.

Jay County High School’s wrestling team had top-ranked Bellmont on the ropes in the semifinal round, but lost and eventually finished third Saturday in the Class 2A Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Team Dual State at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The sixth-ranked Patriots, who were 10th last year in the program’s first appearance in the tournament, were added to the field late after another team had to back out.

Jay County opened the tournament with a 41-21 victory over Wawasee, then topped Mt. Vernon (Posey) 45-25 in the quarterfinal.

The Patriots then got as close as two points against defending IHSWCA state champion and top-ranked Bellmont in the semifinal, 25-23, but fell to the Braves 38-26.

Jay County knocked off Western 43-28 in the third-place match, earning the team’s best finish in the tournament.

Sophomore Ethan Reiley and freshman Tony Wood were both 4-0 on the day. Reiley, a 120-pounder, improved to 25-1, while Wood (126) pushed his record to 24-3.

Tribe trounces ’Hawks

UNION CITY, Ohio — Fort Recovery’s girls basketball team raced by the host Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks on Monday, 74-31.

The Indians (7-3) had a comfortable 24-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and kept the foot on the gas pedal in the second to take a 45-10 advantage into halftime.

Still not letting up, the Indians pushed the margin to 63-20 with one quarter to play.

Whitley Rammel led all players with 17 points, while Paige Fortkamp and Alli Vaughn contributed 15 points each. Kierra Wendel contributed nine points, and in all 10 players scored at least one point for the Indians.

Fort Recovery’s junior varsity team also won, 42-34. Mara Pearson led the squad with 14 points.

Indians lose late

VAN WERT, Ohio — The host Lincolnview Lancers ended on a 16-1 run to hand the Fort Recovery boys basketball team a 57-54 loss Saturday.

The Indians (5-4) had a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter and just one at halftime before outscoring the Lancers (6-1) by a 20-11 margin in the third quarter. But the well went dry for the Tribe, while the Lancers pulled out the win.

Owen Jutte led the Indians with a career-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Cale Rammel finished with 16 points and Brian Bihn added nine points.

Fort Recovery’s junior varsity team lost, 49-43. Caleb Evers scored 17 points in the loss for FRHS.

Jay 8th wins

Jay County Junior High School’s eighth grade girls basketball team finally got its season underway on Monday and picked up a 28-12 victory over the visiting Delta Eagles.

The seventh graders lost, 32-16.

Daisy Muhlenkamp scored 14 points and Cassie Petro finished with 10 points to pace the eighth grade Patriots (1-0). Jenna Dues and Meredith Dirksen each had two points.

Alexis Sibray led the seventh grade team with 10 points, and Mya Kunkler had the other six points.