Northview's wrestling team heads to Greencastle High School for their final dual meet of the season tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Tiger Cubs should provide some solid individual competition as Northview tunes up for their postseason run. "They'll certainly help us get ready for the WIC (Conference) meet and sectionals," said coach Don Bryan of the Tiger Cubs. "We need to get geared up for the Sullivan Quad this weekend as well. It's a good opportunity for us to get some things straightened out."
Greencastle lost three solid wrestlers to graduation and a couple to season-ending injuries, but feature several grapplers who have solid experience despite having just one senior and three juniors on the team. "We're pretty young," said Greencastle coach Russ Hesler. "We have a lot of good kids on the team, Tom Webster and Kurt Cantonwine have done a nice job for us this year, a lot of them have done a good job this season."
Charlie Pingleton provides the biggest challenge for the Knights and will likely face Derek Mroczek in a match at 140 pounds.
Pingleton comes in at the No. 15 ranked wrestler in the state according the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches' Association Poll. He's 36-1 this season while Northview's Mroczek is 20-5 this season. "I think Derek's ready for him," said Bryan. "It should be a good match for him. His losses this year have all come to wrestlers who were in the state meet last year."
Greencastle's Jeremy Butler comes into the meet with a 25-12 mark and will likely see action at 135 pounds against Nelson Norton who won last week against Terre Haute South's Paolo Balmaseda on Senior Night.
Tom Webster (21-15) has seen action at the 103 pound level for Greencastle and should match up well with Northview's Austin Nicosin who brings a 15-7 record into the match. Nicosin is fresh off a 17-second pin of South's Tyler Woodward.
Cory Grigsby will get a chance to revenge a pin he suffered last week against South. He'll wrestle at 119 pounds and brings an 18-4 mark into the match, looking to get ready for the postseason. "I think he took what happened and learned from it," said Bryan of Grigsby. "He's ready to get back out there."
Tom Lucas (Hwt) and Tony Sambria (215) each lost via pin last week and will be looking to get back on the winning track as the season winds down.
Austin Staley (21-2) provided the decisive points in Northview's team win over South last week and will try and extend his record at 130 pounds tonight along with Doug Porter (15-9) at 160 pounds. Justin Wilson (17-7) will also provide strong competition for the young 'Cubs.
"We've got a week off before conference and before the stretch run," said Hesler of his team. "We've gotten a lot of matches in this year and our schedule hasn't been a slouch, those have been some high points for us this year."
The Knights and Tiger Cubs will tangle tonight with exhibition and junior varsity matches beginning at 6:30 p.m.