Left: Chris Craft (near) takes down his opponent in his 125 pound match. Craft placed second in tourney.
Right: Greg Stultz battles for control in the 171-pound championship bout on Wednesday. Stultz won 9-4 for the title.
- Stultz and Craft advance to finals
MOORESVILLE -- R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha Franklin sang about it and every athlete and coach searches for it from their peers.
If the buzz from coaches and fans around the gymnasium at Mooresville High School on Wednesday afternoon during the second day of the Mooresville Holiday Classic is any indication, Northview is quickly earning that respect from other programs.
There is good reason for those opinions from other teams, especially after nine Northview wrestlers earned a place in a very talented field of grapplers from 15 other high schools.
Greg Stultz perhaps earned the most respect as he won four consecutive bouts to earn a championship at 171 pounds. The result was one better than his finish last season at the holiday tournament.
Stultz earned his berth in the title match when he opened the tournament with a pin in 3:43 over Tom Overman of Brownsburg on Tuesday. He followed that up with a 9-4 decision over Bryant Hennessey from Hamilton Southeastern to move on to Wednesday's action. In the semifinal, Stultz piled on the points on the way to a 19-13 win over Jake Allhouse from Castle.
After a scoreless first period in the championship bout, Stultz took a 3-0 lead into the third period after a takedown and an escape. However, it was the third period, Stultz earned three takedowns to finish off his title win.
"To get a win in this tournament is pretty prestigious," commented head coach Dan Mikesell. "There are a lot of quality opponents. To get a title. . .I'm really pleased. Greg has really turned it on since his loss against Owen Valley. He did a good job staying patient and keeping his focus in the match. I'm really proud of him."
Freshman Chris Craft also had a strong performance, winning his first three matches to earn his berth in the championship match against Caleb Schmitt of Castle.
Craft went toe-to-toe with Schmitt, the 8th-ranked wrestler at 125 according to the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches' Association. After a scoreless first period, Craft was behind 1-0 after allowing an escape in the second, but Schmitt was strong on both offense and defense to control the third period on the way to a 4-1 decision.
"Chris's class had three ranked wrestlers, not including him," commented Mikesell. "He beat a kid from Beech Grove and a solid kid from Heritage Hills and then beat Patrick again, worse than the first time."
Craft, in what was an upset at the time, beat Patrick 6-2 at the Northview Invitational earlier this season when Patrick was the No. 2 ranked competitor at 125 pounds. On Wednesday, Craft pulled away to a 9-2 victory, and had Patrick on his back at the end of the match.
"For a freshman, not at 103 or 112 pounds, to get to the finals is pretty big," mentioned Mikesell. "(Craft's) definitely headed in the right direction."
Injuries have been a difficult factor in Northview's season this year but, according to Mikesell, the Knights will be better off as they get healthier later in the season.
"We have eight guys that wrestled varsity last year or this year that are hurt right now," said Mikesell. "For the rest of the guys to get in there and do what they did is pretty amazing. Our lineup from 119 to 152 is all freshman and sophomores."
That depth helped the Knights fair well in the two-day tournament at Mooresville.
At 135 pounds, Zach Stultz bounced back from a fall to eventual champion Brian Fox of Plainfield in the second round to battle his way through the consolation bracket.
Stultz pinned Corydon Central in 2:52 to move on before fighting off Hamilton Southeastern's Chris Miller by a 4-2 decision before a 5-2 loss put Stultz in the fifth place match. In that match, Stultz fought from off his back to reverse his fate against Mooresville's Randy Pryor. Stultz put Pryor on his back to earn a pin at the 2:09 mark and earn fifth overall.
Beau Pingleton won his first match at 119 by a fall 3:36 in before falling 5-4 to Brownsburg's Ian Hatleli in a narrow decision. In the consolation bracket, Pingleton got a forfeit before beating Nick Zeigler of Monrovia 7-2 to move on to the fifth place match. He battled to overtime against Nathan Heath of Castle, who finished third, before dropping a 7-5 decision on a sudden death takedown.
At 130, Brian Griffin won his first match by fall at 3:58 before losing to eventual champion Alex Warren of Mooresville in the second round. Griffin would win his first match in the consolation bracket by fall before a loss in his next bout. But Griffin would finish strong by holding off Mateo Agresta of Beech Grove 1-0 for seventh place.
At 189, Rob Pasalich also won his first match of the day by fall and then followed that up by dropping a 7-3 decision. He would earn an 11-2 major decision in the consolation bracket and eventually take a 10-2 major decision in the seventh place match.
Hank Weishaupt, Brian Walden and Brandon Hathaway all earned two wins in the tournament to get an eight place finish. Tommy Herr-Smith and Nathan Disney each earned one win in the tournament.
As a team, the Knights placed eighth overall with 110.5 points. Hamilton Southeastern was the team champion with 214.5 points, winning one class and taking four second places. Beech Grove won four separate classes, including 103, 112 and 119 before taking the title at 215.
"I'm definitely satisfied with our effort in the tournament," said Mikesell. "I really believe that you can win a lot of meets with hustle and I felt we did that in this tournament."
Northview will get back into action with a dual meet on the road at Terre Haute South on Jan. 4 beginning at 6 p.m.
Mooresville Holiday Classic
Team Scores: 1. Hamilton Southeastern 214.5, 2. (tie) Beech Grove 184.5, 2. (tie) Brownsburg 184.5, 4. Castle 183, 5. Plainfield, 6. Mooresville 157.5, 7. Seymour 130, 8. Northview 110.5, 9. Corydon Central 89, 10. T.H. South 77.5, 11. Evansville Central 70, 12. Lebanon (Ohio) 68, 13. Crawfordsville 58, 14. Paoli 49, 15. Monrovia 39, 16. Heritage Hills 38
Individual Places (top-3)
103 -- 1. Wade McClurg (BG) fall over Evan Hagen (HSE), 5:16, 3. Brett Eads (Cor)
112 -- 1. Danny Coyne (BG) 18-1 tech. fall over Robby Heckinger (BRO), 3. Luke Bittner (EVC)
119 -- 1. Ethan Harris (BG) 4-1 dec. over Anthony Williams (EVC), 3. Nathan Heath (CAS)
125 -- 1. Caleb Schmitt (CAS) 4-1 dec. over Chris Craft (Nv), 3. Wesley Patrick (PL)
130 -- 1. Alex Warren (Mv) 15-5 maj. dec. over Nick Chavez (HSE), 3. Stephen Schnapf (CAS)
135 -- 1. Brian Fox (PL) 6-5 dec. over David Heath (BRO), 3. Wes Conway (SEY)
140 -- 1. Alfred Warren (Mv) 7-2 dec. over Aaron Gilbert, 3. Josh Turner (PL)
145 -- 1. Mitch Lovell (CAS) 2-1 dec. over Collin Carlucci (PL), 3. Scott Charleston (HSE)
152 -- 1. Jason Ward (COR) 2-1 dec. over Ben Lampkins (CAS), 3. Clinton Meehan (BRO)
160 -- 1. Patrick Smith (SEY) 7-4 dec. over Drew Eggleton (HSE), 3. Abe Wathen (Mv)
171 -- 1. Greg Stultz (Nv) 9-4 dec. over Zak Ward (PL), 3. Sean McCammack (Mv)
189 -- 1. Derek Mullins (SEY) 12-3 maj. dec. over Jake Russell (PL), 3. Thomas Logan (BG)
215 -- 1. Eddie Mobley (BG) 7-0 dec. over Sam Kinley (HSE), 3. Josh Tucker (BRO)
275 -- 1. Corey Cronk (HSE) 7-3 dec. over Matt Stinnett (BRO), 3. Richie Hammond (THS)
103 -- FF
112 -- FF
119 -- Beau Pingleton, 6th (3-2)
125 -- Chris Craft, 2nd (3-1)
130 -- Brian Griffin, 7th (3-2)
135 -- Zach Stultz, 5th (4-2)
140 -- Brandon Hathaway, 8th (2-3)
145 -- Tommy Herr-Smith (1-2)
152 -- Caleb Dutrow (0-1, injured)
160 -- Hank Weishaupt, 8th (2-3)
171 -- Greg Stultz, 1st (4-0)
189 -- Rob Pasalich, 7th (3-2)
215 -- Nathan Disney (1-2)
275 -- Brian Walden, 8th (2-2)