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Northview wrestlers earn awards for stellar season

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Senior members of Northview's conference champion wrestling team include (from left) Derek Mroczek, Doug Porter and Austin Staley along with head coach Dan Mikesell.

On Tuesday night, members of the 2003-04 Northview wrestling team were honored for their season of special accomplishments.

The varsity squad won the Western Indiana Conference team title and had five members who were WIC champions at their respective weight class.

Juniors Corey Grigsby, Tony Sanabria and Jeremiah Allen each won in their classes along with senior teammates Austin Staley, Derek Mroczek and Doug Porter.

Grigsby earned a WIC title at 125 pounds for the Knights, earning three pins in less than a minute on the way to his championship. But his accomplishments were just getting started in the postseason as he went on to win a sectional title at 119 pounds, place second in the Bloomington South Regional on his way to a berth in semistate action.

For the season Grigsby finished at 39-3 overall with 20 pins for the Knights. He also registered a team record 223 team points for Northview and recorded a team-high 71 takedowns.

Allen earned a WIC title at 215 pounds for Northview on his way to a season mark of 24-12. He advanced to the sectional championship match before dropping a tight 4-2 decision to Terre Haute North's LaShawn Tyler. The second place finish gave him a berth to regional action.

He earned a team-high 23 falls and also recorded a team record by allowing no near fall points in the regular season.

Doug Porter starred at the 160 pound level for the Knights this season and showed some of the greatest individual improvement in the past couple of seasons according to coaches.

Porter was 29-11 this year with 11 pins and 51 takedowns for the Knights. He earned a WIC title along with a second place finish in a sectional battle with Bloomington South's Chris Branam. Porter would just miss out on the championship, falling in the final seconds 2-1.

Sanabria was one of three grapplers to earn more than 30 wins this season for the Knights.

He earned a 32-9 mark for the year with 16 pins for Northview. Sanabria also won a WIC title and placed third in the sectional to earn a spot in regional action where he placed fourth.

Mroczek competed in the 145 pound class in the postseason and earned a WIC title in his final season for the Knights. He would win 23 matches on the year and place fourth in sectional action after earning 152 team points for Northview.

Staley put together one of the best seasons in school history this year by winning a school record 40 matches this year and gathering 189 team points. He added a regional championship to his WIC title after placing second in sectional competition. In the Evansville Reitz Semistate he earned a first round bye before winning three straight matches for a semistate championship and a state finals berth.

Staley would win his first round match in the state finals to become a medalist for Northview's program.

He earned a 40-9 overall mark this year with 61 takedowns and a team-high 43 escapes.

Junior Brent Withers placed third in the WIC for the Knights and take fourth in sectional action at 152. He won 19 matches on the year with 14 pins.

In the sophomore class, Greg Stultz competed at 171 pounds for the Knights where he won 15 matches on the year and took fourth in the conference meet.

The freshman class got a lot of experience for Northview this year with Lucas Boyd, Matt Valmoja, Jordan Jenkins and Chris Dean all seeing extensive action for the Knights.

Dean won 20 matches for Northview to lead his class, earning 54 takedowns and finishing fifth in sectional action at 140 pounds. He also had a team-high 44 escapes.

Boyd had 15 wins for the Knights and placed sixth in sectional action at 112 pounds. Valmoja earned 14 wins for Northview and Jenkins picked up another five victories for the Knights.

Overall this season was one of great accomplishment for first year Northview head coach Dan Mikesell and assistant coach Pat Brown. The Knights graduate a great deal of talent but will return a strong, experience group to next year's squad.

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