TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview wrestling team worked toward closing out the dual match segment of their schedule on a winning note on Thursday night with a 35-21 victory over Vigo County rival Terre Haute South.
In the opening match of the night, 112-pounder Lucas Boyd gave the Knights a huge emotional lift when he overcame a 4-1 third period deficit for a 6-5 victory.
Boyd fell down 2-0 in the first period on a takedown but battled strong to keep the match close into the final period.
Behind 4-2 in the third period after an escape, Boyd clawed back to deadlock the match at 4-all, but lost the handle on his opponent Brandon Smiley who escaped for a 5-4 advantage in the closing seconds. However with the crowd roaring as time dwindled, Boyd was able to drop his opponent for the two-point score and the one-point victory.
"I'm really proud of (Lucas Boyd) tonight," commented coach Dan Mikesell afterwards. "He really helped set the tone for the match tonight and helped turn the tables."
After South had taken a 6-3 advantage on a fall at 119 pounds the match see-sawed back-and-forth for the next several matches as Corey Grigsby advanced to 25-1 on the season with a fall in 1:49 at 125 pounds. The pin gave the Knights a brief 9-6 lead before the Braves went ahead 12-9 with a fall of their own at 130 by Mike Tomey.
But at 135 pounds, Austin Staley started a string of eight consecutive victories that put the Knights in control.
Staley controlled Ben Miller the distance on the way to his 22nd victory this year via pin at the 2:12 mark of the match that gave the Knights a 15-12 match lead they would not relinquish.
The second highlight match of the evening took place at 135 pounds where Chris Dean took on Nick Schaefer from South.
After a scoreless first period, Dean went up 3-0 after an escape and takedown in the second period. Schaefer would however narrow the gap to 3-1 heading into the final regulation period.
The suspense heightened in the third period as Schaefer jumped out front with an escape and takedown that lifted him to a 4-3 lead in the waning seconds. However, Dean proved up to the task.
With Dean and Schaeffer clinched and Schaeffer struggling mightily to hold onto his opponent, Dean was able to free his arms and pull out of his grasp for an escape point to send the match to an extra session.
In that period, Dean was the aggressor and won a 6-4 match with the two-point bonus for a takedown just 33 seconds into the one minute overtime.
"Dean really came on late for us tonight," commented Mikesell. "He's been steady for us all year and he got a nice win tonight."
Senior Derek Mroczek dominated Jeff Clutter of South throughout the first period and put him on his back for the fall at the 2:36 mark of the match giving Northview a 24-12 lead.
"We count on our seniors, Derek (Mroczek), Austin (Staley), (Doug) Porter and even junior (Corey) Grigsby for wins, but its our younger wrestlers who show the program is getting stronger," said Mikesell.
Porter kept his end of the bargain when he bumped up a weight class to 171 pounds to defeat Justin Phillips 5-0 which came immediately after a gutsy effort from Cory Allen who fought through illness to increase his lead through each period on the way to a 12-6 victory. "(Cory) Allen fought really hard tonight," noted Mikesell. "He's a really good kid."
Brent Withers also got a 10-5 decision over Paul Lloyd at 152 pounds before the Knight's win streak came to a halt via forfeit at 189 pounds.
Tony Sanabria would get the final win for the Knights at 275 pounds with a solid 6-1 win over Richie Hammonds.
After the match victory, Mikesell noted that though dual match wins are important, his team's goals lie even higher. "Our season has definitely been geared toward sectionals," said Mikesell. "We've been working hard lately, our conditioning has really picked up and I'm very happy with the results."
The match sets up the Knights for a match against Putnam County neighbor Greencastle next Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
Northview 35, Terre Haute South 21
At Terre Haute South
103 -- Brandon Smiley (THS) forfeit
112 -- Lucas Boyd (NV) 6-5 dec. over Brandon Smiley (THS)
119 -- Danny Schaefer (THS) :55 fall over Whitney King (NV)
125 -- Corey Grigsby (NV) 1:49 fall over Tyler Woodward (THS)
130 -- Mike Tomey (THS) 1:29 fall over Jordan Jenkins (NV)
135 -- Austin Staley (NV) 7-0 dec. over Ben Miller (THS)
140 -- Chris Dean (NV) 6-4 ot dec. over Nick Schaefer (THS)
145 -- Derek Mroczek (NV) 2:36 fall over Jeff Clutter (THS)
152 -- Brent Withers (NV) 10-5 dec. over Paul Lloyd (THS)
160 -- Cory Allen (NV) 12-6 dec. over John Fauber (THS)
171 -- Doug Porter (NV) 5-0 dec. over Justin Phillips (THS)
189 -- Darren Miller (THS) forfeit
215 -- Cale Madsen (THS) 6-3 dec. over Jeremiah Allen (NV)
275 -- Tony Sanabria (NV) 6-1 dec. over Richie Hammonds (THS)
145 -- Josh Miller (NV) 1:59 fall