The host Northview Knights went a combined 2-3 against some solid competition during Saturday's Northview Wrestling Invitational.
The Knights knocked one of their Vigo County neighbors off in Terre Haute North and fell to what looks to be one of the strongest West Vigo squads in some time.
Hosting the Vikings and Patriots, plus a strong Plainfield team, a scrappy South Vermillion and Brown County, the Knights beat Brown County 64-18 and lost close matches to South Vermillion, 46-36 and Plainfield 42-37. But one of the more thrilling tilts was their matchup with North.
Northview edged out front early as Austin Staley earned a pin over Daniel Walters and Josh Eaglin got a forfeit win, putting the Knights up 12-6.
Derek Mroczek took the mat at 140 to face Paul Morozov in hopes of extending the Knights lead.
Mroczek, who went undefeated on the day with five wins, turned a late second period 5-4 lead into a 19-6 victory and Northview was up 16-6 as a team.
The Patriots closed that gap back to 16-12 as Jake McKanna pinned James Bailey at 145, but Brent Withers answered for Northview with a pin of his own at 152.
Doug Porter and Mark Hervey waged a huge battle between unbeatens at 160 that went the distance.
Porter and Hervey were deadlocked for much of the match at 2-apiece with each grappler wearing down through a tough bout. Finally Hervey pulled ahead with a third period escape point that Porter was unable to equal in the closing seconds despite having a firm one-leg grip on Hervey as the final horn sounded.
The loss was Porter's only blemish on the afternoon and Hervey would go on to take the weight class title.
Jeremiah Allen was next up for the Knights and was able to get Northview back on the right track as he pinned Ryan Short in the second period after leading 4-1 through the first. The fall put Northview up 28-15.
Justin Wilson came up with a clutch major decision at 189 over Charlie Manwaring. Wilson increased his lead through each period on his way to a 19-3 win and an 18-point advantage for his team that disappeared rapidly as North took the next two weights by pin.
The final two contested classes were inhabited by big time performers as Austin Nicosin posted a big pin over Mike Jenkins at 103. After the Knights forfeited the 112 class, the score was 39-33 Northview leaving the Patriots in need of a pin to earn a tie.
But North's Paul McKee had to face Northview 119 pounder Cory Grigsby.
McKee, went 3-2 on the day, but Grigsby made short work of him in the second period, earning the pin and a 45-33 Northview victory.
Grigsby would earn Northview's only class title of the day with a 5-0 mark and four pins though Mroczek at 140 also had a 5-0 mark, Plainfield's Nathan Turner won that class.
Nicosin, Staley, James Bailey, Wilson and Lucas each had 3-2 records on Saturday.
West Vigo would go unbeaten in the meet with five team victories while Plainfield had a 4-1 record.
The Vikings would earn titles at 103, 112 and heavyweight while, in addition to Turner's win at 140, the Quakers had titlists at 125 and 135. South Vermillion won 130, 152, 171 and 189 while the Patriots won at 145 and 215 along with Hervey's title at 160.
The Knights will travel to Edgewood on Wednesday evening for a 6 p.m. start.