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Staley on the way to state wrestling finals

Monday, February 16, 2004

Northview senior Austin Staley (right) became the school's first semistate wrestling champion on Saturday and will compete in the state finals beginning this weekend.

Northview senior Austin Staley became the first wrestler in school history to win a semistate wrestling title on Saturday when he defeated three competitors for a championship and a state finals berth.

Staley, who earned a bye in the first round of semistate action by winning the regional championship, got plenty of extra time on the mat on his way to the win.

In the quarterfinals, Staley was pushed to double-overtime against Chad Woods of Whiteland.

In the second extra session, Staley chose the bottom position to open the period and gained the decisive point in a 2-1 win by escape.

In the semifinal round, Staley took out Alex Zubia of Center Grove by a 6-4 decision to move on to the finals where once again he would have to go to double-overtime before defeating Evansville Memorial's Clint Happe 2-1.

Teammate Cory Grigsby didn't have quite the same amount of success despite picking up a win in his first round match before falling once more to Princeton senior Clay Leek who eventually would play second to Floyd Central's Brad Spine.

The defeat left the Northview junior 119-pounder with a 39-3 mark this season.

Staley, whose three wins advanced his record to 39-6, will move ahead to state finals action this weekend at Conseco Fieldhouse.

He will kick off his state championship bid with a match against Jarrett Mahurin (40-5) of Triton Central who placed fourth in the New Castle Semistate on Saturday.

The tournament will begin on Friday evening with weigh-ins scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and wrestling beginning at 6 p.m. On Saturday, weigh-ins will take place at 8:30 a.m. with the first wrestling session slated for 9:30 a.m.

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