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Knights set to contend for WIC wrestling title

Friday, January 23, 2004

Northview's wrestling program is enjoying one of its best season's this year and hopes to continue that this weekend at the Western Indiana Conference meet.

After capping off their first above .500 dual match record this year, the Knights are considered one of the favorites for the WIC team title in what should be a very tight race on Saturday.

West Vigo, Sullivan, South Vermillion and the Knights have gotten the nod as the front runners for the team trophy with Owen Valley close as well.

The Knights have four wrestlers who were awarded top seeds for the tournament headed by 125-pound junior Corey Grigsby who comes into this weekend with just one loss this year and is listed by the Indiana High School Wrestling Coach's Association (IHSWCA) website as the 10th-ranked wrestler in the state in his class.

Senior Doug Porter checks in with a top seed in the 160-pound weight class along with Jeremiah Allen at 215 and Tony Sanabria at 275 also drawing top spots for Northview.

Sullivan West Vigo and Owen Valley are the only squads who boast full rosters, filling all weight classes but South Vermillion and Northview have the most top seeds but has to forfeit two classes.

The meet should boil down to which squad can register the most second and third place finishes and the Knights should compete strongly for those positions as well.

With Lucas Boyd at 112 pounds listed as a third seed along with Derek Mroczek (145) and Austin Staley (135) as a second seed the Knights have plenty of quality depth.

Northview will need big performances from some of their younger wrestlers as well. With Boyd at 112, Matt Valmoja at 119, Jordan Jenkins at 130 and Chris Dean at 140.

Both Brent Withers and Greg Stultz are listed as four seeds and could provide valuable points if they can finish higher for the Knights.

Sullivan might have a small edge with the meet taking place in their building but Northview can counter that with several wrestlers with big postseason meet experience.

The Knights were fifth as a team in sectional competition last year and got second place finishes from Mroczek and Grigsby along with a third place from Staley so there is plenty of experience in the Knight's roster. And along with those three, several other wrestlers are enjoying excellent seasons for the Knights and could make noise for Northview in the WIC meet.

The race for the title begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and involves the host Golden Arrows along with West Vigo, Brown County, Owen Valley, Edgewood and Northview.Northview freshman clip Eagles at home

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