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Northview duo looking to take next step

Friday, February 13, 2004

- Grigsby and Staley compete at Semistate

Three years have passed since a 112-pound freshman named Austin Staley stood area wrestlers on their ear by winning the Western Indiana Conference, placing second at sectionals and third at regionals to appear in semistates.

But a word to the wise for those competitors in the 130-pound weight class at the Evansville Reitz Semistate.

Staley is back.

For Northview junior Cory Grigsby, it's been just one year since he took part in semistate wrestling after placing second to Bloomington South's Tyler Goble in regional competition.

Grigsby's season concluded in the first round of the semistate with a loss to Sean Schmaltz of Franklin who eventually placed second in the state at 119 pounds.

But this season both Northview competitors will be looking to take that next step on Saturday at the Evansville Reitz Wrestling Semistate.

With a Regional title last weekend in Bloomington, Staley has a slightly easier road than Grigsby to Conseco Fieldhouse since he has a bye in the first round of competition.

Meanwhile, Grigsby placed second in Regionals and will get a first round match with Jordan Earls (42-9) of Pike Central. A victory there and he would move to round two for a match with Clay Leeks of Princeton who as a state medalist from last year.

Staley (36-6) this season has enjoyed success throughout his career but has not been able to duplicate his postseason success to the degree of his freshman year.

As a sophomore, Staley placed fourth in Regional competition after losing to perennial nemesis Jade McCammon of Sullivan. The finish left Staley at 27-11 for the year and as an alternate to the Semistate.

Last year as a junior, Staley was third at sectionals, ironically after beating Bloomington South's Kurt Kinser whom he defeated for the Regional Championship this year. Staley has split two matches with Kinser this year, losing in the sectional title match by decision.

Staley then moved to the regional level where after winning his first match, dropped a decision to McCammon once more and then a consolation match to Matt Dwyer of Columbus North.

Staley, who unofficially has posted 117 career wins, heads into Saturday's second round of action after winning a WIC title this year along with his second place at the Northview Sectional and a Bloomington South Regional Title.

Grigsby meanwhile has earned a 38-2 mark this year and a WIC Championship and a Sectional title to go with his second place at regionals.

Other area grapplers with a change to advance to the state level are Sullivan's McCammon (140), Tom Nero (Hwt.), Zach Walker (171) along with Wes Readinger (112) of West Vigo and Terre Haute North's LaShawn Tyler (215).

The path to the state finals for each begins this morning at Evansville Reitz at 9 a.m.

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