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Knights paste Mustangs

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Northview's Austin Staley (top) pinned Edgewood's Kyle Mays on Tuesday to run his record to 14-3 this year.

The Northview wrestling team improved to 4-0 in the Western Indiana Conference on Tuesday night with a dominating 51-16 dual match victory.

The Knights gave up just nine points in losses while the remaining seven points came via forfeit in two weight classes.

Austin Staley got the Knights off to a quick start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after one period against Edgewood's Kyle Mays. Staley would beat the second period buzzer with 9.3 seconds left, getting the pin against Mays.

The victory pushed Staley's season mark to an impressive 14-3.

Chris Dean was on deck for the Knights and came through with a gritty effort in beating Kyle Woolard in overtime.

"I've been real pleased with Chris's (Dean) progress this season," commented Northview coach Dan Mikesell. "I think getting an overtime victory tonight is a good step for him and his confidence."

Dean held a 2-1 lead through two periods and 7-6 with seconds remaining in the match before a late flurry by Woolard knotted the match at seven apiece. However, in overtime, Dean battled his opponent early and got the winning takedown for a 9-7 victory.

Derek Mroczek upped his record to 13-4 on the year with a technical fall via an 18-1 decision over Mustang 145-pounder Jeff Harden before Brent Withers made short work at 152 of Dan Cage. Withers pinned cage just 1:08 into the match for the victory.

At the 160 pound mark, Doug Porter, coming off a rough outing on Saturday despite going unbeaten in the Northview Invitational, picked up a 4-1 decision over Paul Weaver.

Porter, who was cut on the bridge of his nose in his final match on Saturday, was bloodied again on Tuesday night, but stuck with Weaver throughout in getting his sixth consecutive win to get to 11-5 this year.

In the 171 pound class Greg Stultz was downed 11-3 by Matt Harmon, but received praise from Mikesell despite the loss. "(Greg) Stultz is showing some progress this year. He's gotten some big wins for us," noted Mikesell. "This is his first experience wrestling and 171 is a tough weight class to begin in."

Coner McCoy dropped the 189 pound match via pin but Jeremiah Allen bounced back at 215 with a pin over Brad Vieira in 1:25. The victory moved him to 11-3 overall this year.

In the heavyweight class, Tony Sanabria upped his record to 15-2 on the year with a forfeit versus the Mustangs. "I've been really happy with his progress this year, said Mikesell. "I think he's taking a liking to the style that I'm showing him and some of the moves for big guys. He's done a great job this year."

With forfeits at 103 and 112, Matt Valmoja was up next at 119 for Northview and got a big 17-5 victory for the Knights. "That was a good win for (Valmoja)," commented Mikesell. "He had a tough Saturday, but he's definitely got some talent as a freshman."

Cory Grigsby advanced to 16-1 at the 125 pound level via forfeit while Jordan Jenkins got a forfeit in the 130 pound class.

"I think we still have some work to do," said Mikesell afterwards. "But I'm pretty happy for the most part. We're 4-0 in the conference and we have a lot of guys unbeaten in the conference, but we've got some tough competition this weekend."

The Knights travel to the Bo Henry Classic beginning on Saturday morning at Bloomington North High School at 9 a.m.

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