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Belt falls just short of medal

Belt falls just short of medal

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Grady Belt

Shelby-Rising City junior Grady Belt scores a takedown in the state tournament Feb. 19 in Omaha. 

Shelby-Rising City junior Grady Belt fell just short of winning a medal at the state tournament Feb. 19 and 20 in the Class D 145-pound bracket at Omaha's CHI Health Center.

Belt lost his first match to Beau Lake of Bayard after being pinned in the second period, rebounded with two wins then was eliminated just before th medal round.

Belt led Lake 4-0 after the first period, scoring a takedown and a two-point nearfall. He won the coin toss and deferred the choice to Lake who chose neutral. Lake scored a takedown 46 seconds into the second and secured the pin 13 second later.

He rebounded to win 8-4 against Taaron Lavicky of Axtell in the first round of consolations.

Belt scored a takedown with 35 seconds left in the first period and added two more in the second and one in the third. Hekept the momentum in round two of consolations with an 8-3 victory over Shawn Quandt of Twin Loup. Belt scored the first takedown once again with eight seconds left in the first period, added one more in the second and two more in the third.

With a shot at a state medal on the line, Belt fell 8-6 in sudden victory to Hunter Cook of Sutherland.

Belt and Cook were tied 3-3 after the second period. Cook took a 6-3 lead with 18 seconds left but lost two points due to stalling and gave up one escape to tie the match. Cook scored the match-winning takedown 13 seconds into overtime.

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