The 2004-05 prep wrestling season takes center stage this weekend with sectional action taking place across the state on Saturday.
Northview will play host to a nine-team sectional with the top two teams and the top four individuals in each weight class advancing to regional competition.
Bloomington South is the clear team favorite at the Northview Sectional with eight of the 14 top seeds in the tournament.
Competition for the second team spot should be tough between Bloomington North, Northview and Owen Valley. In head-to-head matchups this year the Knights have losses to just Bloomington South and North. The Cougars defeated the Knights 43-29 in the Bo Henry Classic earlier this year.
Nine ranked wrestlers will be competing in the sectional with the 275 pound class shaping up to be one of the most challenging.
Terre Haute North's LaShawn Tyler (6th ranked) and Sullivan's Tom Nero (7th) are both in the class with Tony Sanabria from Northview also one of the favorites. Tyler is the top seed at 25-4 and Sanabria is the No. 2 seed at 32-3 and owns a 1-1 mark this year versus Tyler. Nero is 25-3 this year with two overtime losses to Sanabria in the past two weeks.
Northview's Jeremiah Allen (No. 2 seed, (22-2) will be looking for revenge after dominating his Western Indiana Conference match versus Edgewood's Brandon Walls (No. 1 seed, 25-5), before a late mistake cost Allen the match via fall. Allen would give the Knights valuable team points with a title if Walls can get past Wayne Harden of Bloomington North in the second round.
At 103 pounds Chris Head of Bloomington South (32-3) is the top seed and Bloomington North (32-5) are each ranked in the top-15 in the state. Stahley was the runnerup last year in the class to Reece Freeman of South who is the top seed at 112 this year. Josh Longo of Northview (21-13) will match up with Timothy Willis (10-15) in round one and could get a rematch with Owen Valley's Carl Bowling who pinned Longo earlier in the year.
At 112, Freeman (31-2), the 3rd ranked competitor in the state, is a heavy favorite with Northview's Austin Nicosin (No. 2 seed, 28-3 overall) could get a rematch with Freeman if each make the finals. Freeman defeated Nicosin in the first match of the season.
In the 119 pound class, Northview freshman Beau Pingleton (11-12) gets an opening round matchup with Tyler Creasey of West Vigo (8-8) with South's Brandon Dyer (24-5) getting top seed and Owen Valley's Cody Snodgrass (27-5) is the second seed.
Bloomington North's Dustin Bruce (29-6) is the top seed at 125 pounds with Brian Griffin of Northview (7-8) facing Edgewood's Jared Snyder (22-6).
Tony Withrow of Bloomington South is 26-7 this season and the top seed at 130 pounds but Northview's Corey Grigsby (27-5), the 119 pound champion last year, faces Jon Ellinger of Sullivan (9-20). Grigsby would love another shot at Withrow after dropping a 6-5 decision in the season's opening match.
Ryan Thomas of Owen Valley (27-3) and Josh Pope (26-7) of Bloomington South get the top nods at 135 with Northview freshman Caleb Dutrow (18-14) hoping to make some noise this year.
Dutrow will face Sullivan's Robbie Smith (3-15) in the opener and defeated him twice in the WIC tourney. With a win he could get a rematch versus Edgewood's Kyle May who defeated him in the WIC.
14th-ranked Tyler Goble (31-3) of Bloomington South is the top seed at 140 pounds and will get a first round matchup with Tommy Herr-Smith (2-3). Goble is the defending champ at 135 pounds. Terre Haute North's Michael Borgnini is the second seed at 24-6.
Bloomington South's Kurt Kinser (34-0, 4th-ranked) is the defending champion at 130 pounds and is the top seed at 145. Northview's Chris Dean (24-9) could add some important team points for Northview in this class with a first round matchup versus Ben Miller (11-14) of Terre Haute South. With a win he would face Casey Bybee of Owen Valley (31-1), the second seed with a berth in the finals at stake.
Dean fell to Bybee in the WIC finals via fall at the 3:47 mark and should certainly be ready for a possible rematch with last year's 135 pound runnerup to Goble.
In the 152 pound class, Northview's Brent Withers (23-10) faces Tony Merchant of Owen Valley. Seth Treeters of Bloomington North (25-9) is the top seed. Withers fell to Merchant in last week's WIC tourney.
Paul Young of Bloomington South (32-1) is the second ranked wrestler in the state and Greg Stultz of Northview (25-7) faces off with Christopher Steward of Terre Haute North (6-5). Anthony Black of Bloomington North (28-3, 12th-ranked) was the runnerup last year.
Dustin Eads (26-5) of Bloomington South is the top seed with Gatlin Ferro (17-6) facing off with Blake Reed (12-13) of Terre Haute North and with a pair of wins could challenge Eads for the title.
Northview's Robbie Pasalich (9-22) will face either Christopher Jewett (25-10) of West Vigo or Ben Clay (11-18) of the Cougars in a wide open class.
The Knights could be in the chase for a team berth in the regional if they can get big wins from their top seeds and a few upsets from their lower seeds. This is the point of the season where there will be no tomorrow for some of these wrestlers who need to leave everything on the mat in each match to earn a top finish for their team.
Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. with admission set at $5 at Northview High School.