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Staley second for Knights at Classic

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Logan Whitman fights his way past Avon guard Jeremy Carter during the Knights' win over the Orioles on Friday night as Craig Greenwood looks on.

The Northview Knights had several high points during Saturday's Bo Henry Classic wrestling tournament held at Bloomington North High School.

The Knights came in with several highly seeded wrestlers for the tournament and despite missing several wrestlers in the middle weights, came through with some top finishes as well.

Austin Staley topped the list with a second place finish. Seeded number one coming into the Classic, Staley received a bye into the second round before placing an 11-0 shutout on Mitch Lovell of Castle to move to the championship match at 130 pounds. Staley fell just a bit short of the title, losing 3-1 to Joel Jeffries of Martinsville.

Austin Nicosin got a bye into his second round match before losing his first match by major decision. However, he would rebound for a fourth place finish with a 50 second pin of Martinsville's Justin Dalton in the consolation bracket. He would end his day by having to default in his final match due to injury.

Derek Mroczek would also take fourth when he split his four decisions on Saturday. He would technical fall his first opponent 16-1 before losing to Castle's Jeff Ausenbaugh. He would rebound for a pin in his next match before a final 9-4 decision loss.

Brent Withers and Tom Lucas would each place fifth. Lucas would register a pair of pins in his four matches and Withers would also get a pin in his final match for his fifth place.

The Knights were missing another pair of wrestlers who had solid records, Corey Grigsby had a 14-1 mark at 119 pounds but did not compete and Doug Porter was 10-5 at 160 but also did not wrestle on Saturday.

Northview will compete in the two-day Martinsville Holiday Classic beginning on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

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