Prep wrestling heads into the postseason this weekend with Northview slated to compete in the Western Indiana Conference at South Vermillion High School.
With six number one seeds, Northview appears to hold the edge as the favorite to repeat their conference title of last season. However, Edgewood and Owen Valley should also pose some competition for the Knights.
Beginning with Austin Nicosin at 112 pounds, the Knights hold the top seeds at 130 with Cory Grigsby, Chris Dean at 145, Gatlin Ferro at 171, Jeremiah Allen at 215 and Tony Sanabria at 275.
Grigsby won the 125 pound title last season and Jeremiah Allen collected the 215 pound championship. Allen will be returning to the lineup after missing a month due to injury and will be a huge boost to Northview's title hopes. He brings a 20-1 mark into the tourney and Grigsby has a 24-5 record this year.
Other returning WIC champs include Sullivan's Shane McNeely at 119 pounds who brings a 24-2 record into the tourney. Tom Nero of Sullivan returns, but is the No. 2 seed behind Tony Sanabria of Northview who defeated him in overtime at the Sullivan Winter Duals. Nero is 24-2 this year while Sanabria is 29-3.
South Vermillion's Cody Sumerville was last year's champ at 152 pounds, winning by injury default. He is the No. 1 seed at 152 pounds this year and is 21-8. Brent Withers of Northview is the No. 2 seed after finishing third in the WIC last season.
At 103 pounds Chris Lindauer of Edgewood is the top seed at 28-5 and will receive a bye. He placed third last year in the WIC. Josh Longo of Northview (19-11) is the number four seed and faces South Vermillion's Corey McIntyre (16-14).
Northview's Nicosin (25-6) will face Melissa Richey of Brown County (6-13) at 112.
McNeeley (24-2) received a bye as the top seed at 119 and Lucas Boyd of Northview is the third seed with a 15-16 mark. He also receives a forfeit into the second round.
Edgewood's Jared Snyder (19-5) gets a forfeit in the opening round as the top seed at 125 and Brian Griffin (0-1) of Northview faces Chase Snodgrass (16-5) of Owen Valley in round one.
Grigsby gets an opening matchup with Mark Hugg (2-13) of South Vermillion and at 135 pounds, Owen Valley's Ryan Thomas (24-3) gets a bye. Caleb Dutrow (16-12) of Northview is the fourth seed and faces Robert Smith (1-9) of Sullivan.
At 140 pounds the top spot is held by Dwight Riggen (25-4) of South Vermillion who gets a bye into the second round. Tommy Herr-Smith will get his second varsity match, facing David Hedden of Sullivan (18-9).
In the 145 pound class, Dean is the top seed and brings a 23-8 mark into the tourney. He receives a bye into round two. Number two seed Casey Bybee of Owen Valley has a 27-1 mark. His lone loss came to Dean, a 7-5 decision during a Dec. 8 dual meet.
At 152, Sumerville will face Steve Anderson (10-12) of Edgewood and Withers (20-9) will take on Jacob Leek of West Vigo.
At 160 pounds Chrysler Payne (25-4) of the Wildcats receives a forfeit and Greg Stultz (24-6) gets a bye into round two. Ferro (15-6) will take on Nekoda Hoke (4-18) of South Vermillion at 171 pounds.
After placing third in the conference last season at 189, Edgewood's Andy Pope (22-3) will match up with Billy Pierson of Sullivan who will be competing at the varsity level in his first match this year. Rob Pasalich (8-19), coming off a title at the Sullivan Winter Duals, will take on fourth seeded Luke Huff (19-5) of Brown County.
Northview's top seeded Allen will take on Shaun Overton (14-18) of West Vigo and Sanabria receives a forfeit from Edgewood at 275 with a possible rematch versus Nero looming in the later rounds.
The Knights picked up a team victory last season by just 6.5 points (210-203.5) with Sullivan in third and Owen Valley in fourth.
Weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m. and wrestling begins at 10 a.m.