In just their second live action of the year, the Northview Knights had a tall task in taking on a Bloomington South wrestling team that featured three national champion competitors from various levels.
While the Knights battled tough in most all matches and got impressive pins from Jeremiah Allen at 215 and Tony Sanabria at 275, Northview was handled 62-12 by the Panthers.
Both Allen and Sanabria dominated their opponent, winning in the first period by fall. Allen defeated Dustin Newell via pin, 54 seconds into his match while Sanabria took just 44 ticks to finish off David Stines.
Both Greg Stultz and Cory Grigsby also went the distance before dropping close decisions to tough opponents.
At 130 pounds, Grigsby took a 2-0 first period advantage and held a 5-2 lead early in the final period before South's Tony Withrow picked up a late takedown and held off Grigsby for a 6-5 decision.
At 171 pounds, Stultz got a first period takedown to go up 2-0, before ending the first period knotted a three-apiece. Daniel Eads would go up 8-3 in the second before Stultz earned an escape and trailed 8-4 into the last period.
Stultz got within 8-7 on a reversal and would tie the score at 9-9 in the closing minute. After giving Eads a point on a restart, Stultz went hard after a two-point takedown and the win, was unable to pull off the victory, falling 12-9.
Freshman Beau Pingleton battled Andrew Blitzo the distance before falling 11-7.
The Panthers showed off their strength in the remainder of the classes, picking up pins in the rest of the classes.
"We had a great crowd tonight," commented head coach Dan Mikesell. "So from that standpoint I'm disappointed for them. But (Bloomington South) is the program to emulate. I think we're doing a lot of great things. We were close in a lot of matches, but we just have to keep getting better."
The Knights will be back in action this Saturday at the Westfield Tournament beginning at 8 a.m.