MOORESVILLE -- The Northview Knights celebrated the post-holiday season by placing three members of their wrestling squad amongst the top-three competitors in the Mooresville Holiday Classic wrestling tournament.
Greg Stultz finished second at the 160 pound weight class, taking top honors for the Knights.
"I'm happy for Greg (Stultz)," commented coach Dan Mikesell. "It's only his second year wrestling. This is a tough tournament, but getting to the finals is pretty good."
Stultz had a couple of tough early matches in the tourney, winning a 5-3 overtime decision over Dustin O'Neal of Seymour to open the tournament. He then followed that up with a narrow 3-2 decision before getting win with a bit of breathing room in a 12-7 victory over Kyle White of Corydon.
In the title match versus Drew Eggleton of Hamilton Southeastern, Stultz wasn't able to provide much offense, falling behind 6-1 after one period. While Eggleton was able to be aggressive and earn takedowns with the lead, Stultz was only able to manage several escapes in falling 15-6 to earn the runnerup spot.
The 3-1 mark during the tourney boosted Stultz's season mark to 16-5 overall while Eggleton improved to 15-4.
Austin Nicosin had a strong tourney for Northview, placing third at 112 pounds by going 4-1 over the two day event.
"Austin (Nicosin) looked real good," commented Mikesell. "He had a tough weight class."
Nicosin picked up a pair of comfortable early victories with a first round forfeit and a 15-2 major decision over Luke Waninger of Heritage Hills. In the third round he faced off with Nathan Heath of Castle but came out on the short end of a 4-2 decision.
In the lower bracket, Nicosin posted a 7-1 win over Valparaiso's Josh Allen to advance to the third place match against Tim Long of Brownsburg. In that match, Nicosin jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead and increased that to 5-0 in the second period. Long closed within 7-1 after a takedown by Nicosin but posted a fall over Long at the 4:32 mark.
Heavyweight Tony Sanabria finished in third place, posting a pair of early round wins with a tech fall, 18-3, and a fall to earn a berth in the third round. He just missed a shot at the finals when he dropped a 1-0 decision to Dan Knepper of Heritage Hills. However, he rebounded with a 6-1 win to advance to the third place match where he won 6-0.
Chris Dean was fourth place finisher for Northview, picking up three wins in the tournament at the 145 pound level.
Dean won his first two matches, taking a high-scoring 16-14 decision in the opening round over Valparaiso's Eric Martin and following that up with an overtime, 3-1 decision, in round two.
He would drop a 6-2 decision in the third round to eventual champion Blaize Schmitt of Castle before rebounding with an 11-4 win over Josh Allison before an overtime 5-3 loss in the third place match.
"Chris (Dean) had a tough class," mentioned Mikesell. "We needed to get some takedowns, but we were only able to get escapes. We just weren't quite there."
Also for Northview, Lucas Boyd placed sixth overall by rebounding after an opening loss at 119 by winning three straight matches.
Transter student Gatlin Ferro placed seventh for Northview in the 14 team tournament, going 3-2.
Despite the success of several members of his team, Mikesell was, as a whole, a bit disappointed with his team.
"I had a lot of high expectations," said Mikesell. "I think we're going to give the kids some time off and regroup. We've got the second half of the season coming up. Tonight doesn't cost us our goals, (the tournament) showed us what we need to improve on."
Next up for Northview will be Senior Night at home on Jan. 5 beginning at 6 p.m.