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Knights roll to Winter Duals championship

Monday, January 16, 2006

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Left: Northview won seven weight classes at the Sullivan Winter Duals on Saturday. The champions are (Front row l-r) Tommy Herr-Smith, Zach Stultz and Beau Pingleton. (Back row l-r) Greg Stultz, Chris Dean, Hank Weishaupt and Josh Longo.

Right: Tommy Herr-Smith (top) wrestled his way to a 4-0 mark at the Sullivan Winter Duals on Saturday.

The Northview wrestling team resumed action following a post-holiday break and performed well in sweeping to victory at the Sullivan Winter Duals on Saturday.

The Knights had seven weight class winners to easily outdistance all other teams in the meet and won all four of their matches.

In the opening round, Northview got off to a strong start by defeating Evansville Harrison by a 44-24 score and then followed that up with a convincing 57-19 pounding of the host Golden Arrows. In the third round, Northview clamped down on Vincennes Lincoln by a 52-23 margin before getting a breather for the fourth round of the afternoon. In their final dual of the day, the Knights fired on all cylinders in drilling Lawrenceville 69-6.

Winning their weight class for Northview were Josh Longo (112), Beau Pingleton (119), Zach Stultz (135), Tommy Herr-Smith (152), Hank Weishaupt (160) and Greg Stultz (171). Chris Dean returned from injury in style by taking the 145 pound class.

Evansville Harrison won three classes (130, 215 and 275) and both Sullivan (125, 140) and Vincennes Lincoln (103, 189) took two apiece.

Longo had perhaps the most dominant meet for the Knights who finishes the dual match portion of their slate with a 15-7 mark.

The 112 pounder won his first three matches by fall in the first period, including a 41 second pin of Sullivan's Ryan Arnett and a 46 second fall over Chris Alton of Vincennes Lincoln. His first pin of the day was in 1:12 and Longo finished the day with a forfeit from Lawrenceville as he improved his season mark to 9-4.

For Chris Dean the season has been rocky with a couple of injuries, but he certainly got back to work on Saturday when he opened with a 19-4 tech fall over Tavin Crenshaw of Evansville Harrison. He then followed with a pair of falls before dueling his way to a gutsy 2-1 overtime decision in his match with Lawrenceville's Nick Harrington. The four victories improves his record to 4-2 this year after a pair of injury default forfeits for last year's semistate qualifier.

At 152 pounds, Tommy Herr-Smith is rounding into shape at a great time for the Knights who prepare to defend their conference championship from last year.

Herr-Smith got the day rocking and rolling in his opening match, taking a fast paced 20-15 win over Shaun Kingston of Evansville Harrison. He followed that one up with a win at the other end of the spectrum, a 2-1 overtime thriller against Tell Howson of Sullivan before a 5-2 win in his third match. His last victory came via 55 second fall over Ethan Cummins of Lawrenceville. The 4-0 afternoon improves Herr-Smith's mark to 15-12 overall.

Pingleton put together a strong effort for the Knights, going 4-0 to improve to 23-9 on the season and earning three falls and a 16-1 tech fall over Chris Duckworth of Harrison.

At the 171 pound level, Stultz improved to 27-2 on the season for Northview.

In his opening match he cruised to a decisive 19-2 tech fall versus Corey Rhodes of Harrison and followed that up with a fall in 3:06 against Zach Story of Sullivan. In his third round match he took a 17-3 tech fall before finishing off his title run with a 10-7 decision over Corey Harrington of Lawrenceville.

Zach Stultz also improved to 23-9 on the season by winning the 135 pound class. He opened with a 21-4 tech fall against Harrison's Joe Kingston and followed with a pin and a 15-0 whitewashing of Devon Chanley of Lincoln. He finished with a 4-3 margin to earn the championship.

Weishaupt got off to a bit of a shaky start, dropping a fall to Michael Skie of Harrison before getting a forfeit in round two. He then finished strong by pinning Isaac Salters of Lincoln and taking a 5-1 decision in the final match.

Chris Craft opened with a forfeit for the Knights before dropping a 9-7 overtime decision to eventual champion, McNeeley of Sullivan. Craft finished strong with pins in his final two matches for a 3-1 mark on the day that improved his season record to 24-5 overall.

Brian Griffin also won three matches for the Knights that bumped his record to 18-13 overall. An opening 11-7 loss to Robert Copeland of Harrison denied him a shot at the championship, but he rebounded with three straight wins. Brandon Hathaway also won three matches to improve to 18-13 on the year.

At 103 pounds, Nick Hensler (6-9 season) split his four matches as did Rob Pasalich (19-12 season).

Northview will seek to defend their Western Indiana Conference title on Saturday when they travel to South Vermillion for the conference championship.

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