- Grigsby wins 119-pound title, three others in title match -
The final team results of the Northview Wrestling Sectional was no real surprise as Bloomington South ran away and hid with their deep, talented roster of grapplers. The Cougars picked up a 296.5 to 213 victory over Bloomington North on Saturday as Terre Haute North finished in third place. The Cougars and Panthers each will advance to regional team competition as the top two sectional finishers.
The Cougars took home an impressive seven individual titles on the afternoon and advanced a total of 11 wrestlers to the championship round.
"Nobody was going to beat Bloomington (South)," commented Northview coach Dan Mikesell. "They are just so deep. They are very well coached. Royce Deckard has won everywhere that he's been at. So he's definitely doing something right."
Mikesell certainly has no reason to be ashamed either as his Knights definitely did a lot right on Saturday as well.
Northview will be sending seven wrestlers on to individual regional competition this year led by sectional champion Cory Grigsby who won three times on Saturday, including a hard fought 4-2 decision in the title match.
"We've got seven guys going to regionals," said Mikesell. "I think we can get a lot of guys out of regionals too. The reason I came here was to get guys to the state finals and I think we can do that."
Grigsby took his first steps down that path by getting out to a first period 2-0 advantage on the strength of a take down and was able to extend that lead to 4-0 in the second period over Chris Feree of Bloomington South who brought a 27-10 record to the championship bout.
Feree wasn't going to go away easy, closing to within 4-2 in the third period and gaining top position on Grigsby late in the match. But the Northview junior was able to hold Feree scoreless until the final horn and take home the victory.
"This is what I've been working for all year long," said Grigsby afterwards. "I think that the way I'm wrestling right now that I've got a good shot at winning at regionals to and moving on to state competition."
When asked about the last few tense moments of the bout holding on to a 4-2 lead in the last minute, Grigsby said. "I was trying to hang on there at the end and keep wrestling smart and not do anything stupid."
Grigsby has done a pretty good job of that all season long as the 10th-ranked wrestler in the state will take a 34-1 mark into regionals.
Three other Knights also advanced to the championship with Doug Porter, Jeremiah Allen and Austin Staley each dropping close decisions.
Porter's match might have been the most difficult to stomach, certainly for fans.
Porter controlled Bloomington South's Chris Branam for much of the match, holding on to a 1-0 lead after a second period escape.
However, officials called Porter for two controversial stalling calls that earned Branam a point for each on the way to a 2-1 sectional victory.
"I'm really proud of Doug (Porter), commented Mikesell. "He really handled himself like a champion today. I think he was more calm than I was during the match."
At 130 pounds, Austin Staley fell behind 2-1 in the first period against Kurt Kinser, son of World of Outlaws sprint car driver Steve Kinser.
Staley was able to even the match at two-apiece before Kinser escaped in the third period to pull out to a 3-2 advantage. Staley was unable to even the score against the top-seeded Kinser who is now 35-1 heading to regionals. Staley is now 33-6.
"Both Doug (Porter) and Austin (Staley) wrestled well enough to win (Saturday)," noted Mikesell.
Jeremiah Allen also made his way to finals competition with a pair of wins to face top-seeded LaShawn Tyler of Terre Haute North.
Tyler controlled much of the match by taking an early 2-0 advantage on Allen and holding on for a 4-2 decision over Allen who is now 24-11 this year. Tyler will take a 33-1 record to regionals.
Northview also will advance senior Derek Mroczek who placed fourth in the 145 pound class for the Knights and Brent Withers who was fourth at 152. Also moving on will be heavyweight Tony Sanabria who placed third for Northview on Saturday and also earned his 30th win of the season.
Other champions in the sectional included Sullivan's Jade McCammon at 140, Tom Nero at heavyweight and Zach Walker at 171 pounds. West Vigo's Wes Readinger is now 32-1 after winning the 112 pound title and top-ranked Tony Pope of Bloomington South won the 125 pound title. Tyler Goble, also of South, won the 135 pound championship and Cougar Kelley Deckard won the 145 pound class. South's Bryce Kent won at 152 at the state's top-ranked 189-pounder, Heath Vandeventer of Bloomington South, won at 189 pounds.
The top two teams advance to the Seymour Regional on Wednesday while the top-four individuals in each class move on to Saturday's regional at Bloomington South.
Team Scoring: Bloomington South 296.5, Bloomington North 213, Terre Haute North 157, Northview 155, Sullivan 131, West Vigo 114.5, Terre Haute South 97, Owen Valley 92, Edgewood 89.
103 -- 1. Reece Freeman (BS) 9-2 dec. over Wilson Stahly (BN)
Trevor Gregory (TN) over Chris Lindouer (EW)
Nick Hobbs (THS)
112 -- 1. Wes Readinger (WV) 7-1 dec. over Chris Afanador (BS)
Cody Snodgrass (OV) over Brandon Smiley (THS)
Michael Jenkins (THN) over Lucas Boyd (NV)
119 -- Cory Grigsby (NV) 4-2 dec. over Chris Feree (BS)
Josh Keehn (BN) over Paul McKee (THN)
Shane McNeeley (SL) over Chris Baker (WV)
125 -- Tony Pope (BS) :43 Fall over Michael Borgnini (THN)
Dustin Bruce (BN) over Daniel VanGilder (WV)
John Rhodes (EW) over Matt Valmoja (NV)
130 -- Kurt Kinser (BS) 3-2 dec. over Austin Staley (NV)
Paul Creasey (WV) over Montie Tomey (SL)
Mike Tomey (THS) over Kyle May (EW)
135 -- Tyler Goble (BS) 12-0 dec. over Casey Bybee (OV)
Cole Tilford (WV) over Kyle Woolard (EW)
Cory Draughn (BN) over Ben Miller (THS)
140 -- Jade McCammon (SL) 9-3 dec. over Paul Young (BS)
Seth Teeters (BN) over Mike Moore (OV)
Chris Dean (NV) over Jeff Clutter (TS)
145 -- Kelley Deckard (BS) 3:51 Fall over Daniel Carter (BN)
Bryan Loudin (THN) over Derek Mroczek (NV)
Justin Cox (SL) over Tony Merchant (OV)
152 -- Bryce Kent (BS) 5-4 dec. over Anthony Black (BN)
Adam Merchant (OV) over Brent Withers (NV)
Andrew Majors (THN) over Ian Cage (EW)
160 -- Chris Branam (BS) 2-1 dec. over Doug Porter (NV)
Elliott Jordan (BN) over Christopher Stewart (THN)
Paul Weaver (EW) over Tell Hawson (SL)
171 -- Zach Walker over Billy Conder (BS)
Chris Wojceichowski (BN) over Charles Manwaring (THN)
Matt Harmon (EW) over Graham Bennett (THS)
189 -- Heath Vandeventer (BN) Fall over Frank Lindner (WV)
Dustin Eads (BS) over Andy Pope (EW)
Bill Pierson (SL) over Justin Phillips (THS)
215 -- LaShawn Tyler (THN) 4-2 dec. over Jeremiah Allen (NV)
Cale Madsen (THS) over Kale Culp (OV)
Derek Eads (BS) over Patrick O'Heran (BN)
275 -- Tommy Nero (SL) Fall over Eric Atterson (THN)
Tony Sanabria (NV) over Wayne Harden (BN)
Richie Hammond (THS) over Andy Chelton (WV)