Top photo: Brandon Hathaway (top) controls his opponent during Wednesday's match with Owen Valley. Hathaway would pin Dustin Duncan with under a second left in the period.
Bottom photo: Beau Pingleton (top) came through with big team points for the Knights when he pinned Joe McHugh to give the Knights a team victory, 42-39.
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With a host of wrestlers on the sidelines due to injury, Northview battled through a dual match with Western Indiana Conference foe Owen Valley to get a narrow 42-39 victory.
Both squads were forced to forfeit several matches, the Knights were without a 103 and a 112 pounder and the Patriots forfeited at 125, 130, 140 and 275.
Those key points were important as Northview edged out Owen Valley for their first conference win in their home opener.
Brandon Hathaway got Northview off on the right foot as he took down Dustin Duncan twice who scored off an escape to get back within 4-1. Hathaway would extend his lead to 10-5 before controlling Duncan as time dwindled down in the period. He would pin Duncan with less than a second left in the match to provide very valuable points for the Knights.
"It was really nice for Hathaway to be able to put the time in tonight and get a win for us," commented coach Dan Mikesell of Hathaway who attends church on Wednesday evenings. His early win in the first match of the night put the Knights ahead 6-0 in the team race. Owen Valley who battle back to win the next three matches via fall to go ahead 18-6 heading into the 189 pound match.
Rob Pasalich fell behind early by a 2-0 score on a takedown by Joey Hendrix and trailed 4-1 heading into the second period. The score was no matter to Pasalich who would turn the tables on Hendrix and earn a pin with 1:20 left in the period to get the Knights within 18-12. After a loss at 215 and a win via forfeit at 275, Northview dropped valuable points at 103 and 112 to fall behind 36-18.
From there however, Beau Pingleton righted the ship for the Knights at 119 by taking a quick 5-0 lead and then hustling his way to a pin over Joe McHugh that advanced his season mark to 9-2 overall. The victory also propelled the Knights back into the match.
Northview continued to climb back into the match with a pair of wins by forfeit at 125 and 130 to tie the score at 36-apiece.
At 135, Zach Stultz and Chase Snodgrass went the distance in a scramble for team points.
Stultz took the early advantage with a takedown and held on to a 3-1 lead early in the second period. Snodgrass, a fourth place finisher in last year's sectional, put Stultz on his back in the final seconds of the period to knot the score heading into the third period.
Stultz came out quickly in the final period, taking a 6-3 advantage in an opening flurry before losing one point for a stalling call. Snodgrass gained another point on an escape and his experience paid off when he was able to get a takedown in the final moments for a 7-6 victory.
"Zach did everything he could to win he just came up a little short," commented Mikesell. "I'm proud of his effort tonight."
Now leading 39-36, the Patriots forfeited the final class at 140 as Northview got the six team points and garnered a 42-39 victory.
Afterwards, Mikesell commented on his team's performance heading into Saturday's Northview Invitational that will also double as conference matches in duals with West Vigo, Brown County and South Vermillion. "I was disappointed in getting pinned tonight. We've got to figure out a way to stay off our backs. It's one thing to lose a match, but pins kill you in team points. But I was proud of Rob (Pasalich), (Brandon) Hathaway and Zach (Stultz) and their efforts tonight."
Northview is now 7-4 as a team now heading into Saturday's six team invitational that begins at 8 a.m.