Top photo: Chris Craft (in white) rolls Sullivan's Shane McNeeley onto his back for a pin during the closing moments of the sectional final on Saturday.
Bottom photo: Zach Stultz catches some air following a semifinal win over Owen Valley's Chase Snodgrass. Stultz went on to place second in the sectional.
When it comes to the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournaments, it's all about advancing -- win to compete another day.
The Northview High School wrestling team is still competing.
Led by freshman Chris Craft and junior Chris Dean, Northview's Knights finished second Saturday in the IHSAA Sectional at Northview High School. Plus, 11 individuals earned berths in the regional competition of the individual tournament.
"For me personally [11 is] probably what I thought. For a lot of people it's probably better than what people gave us credit for, but I had a lot of confidence in our kids," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said.
Bloomington South, with a lineup that included five state-meet qualifiers from last year, easily won the sectional title, 256-207.5 over Northview.
Edgwood finished third with 165 points, followed by Terre Haute South at 149, Bloomington North 124, Terre Haute North 109.5, Owen Valley 106.5, West Vigo 83 and Sullivan 82.
The first and second place teams advance to the team regional at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Seymour High School. Northview faces off with the Jennings County Sectional champ, Columbus North.
"We're real happy about going to the team regional. We'll go down there and do the best we can," Mikesell said.
Craft and Dean fit the discription of the entire tournament -- no surprises.
Craft pinned Western Indiana Conference rival Shane McNeeley of Sullivan at 5 minutes and 37 seconds into the six-minute match. It was the third meeting between the two and the first that didn't go into overtime.
"[McNeeley] beat me the first time in overtime [at the Sullivan Winter Duals]. It was a tough match. And last week [in the Western Indiana Conference Championships] I beat him in overtime. It was a real close match. I thought if I wrestled to my potential, and as hard as I could, I could beat him this week [in the sectional]," Craft said.
Craft, 31-5, is now a sectional, conference and Northview Invitational MVP. "[Chris] been a good freshman for us all year. I expected him to win," Mikesell said.
Dean pulled out a 10-9 decision in the final 30 seconds over Terre Haute North's Michael Borgnini to win the 145-pound title.
A junior with a10-2 record, Dean recovered one of the fastest pins of the day in the second round when he put Bloomington North's Michael Everhart down in 41 seconds. And he kept the official's scoring arm busy in the semifinals by scoring an18-4 major decision over WIC rival Jake Ferguson of Edgewood.
Northview nearly had five champs, but Zach Stultz, Greg Stultz and Brian Walden had to accept second place finishes.
Zach Stultz (27-11) finished second at 135 pounds, losing the title match to Bloomington South's Tony Withrow, one of last year's state finalists. Withrow (31-2) pinned Stultz in 58 seconds.
Stultz reached the title match with a pair of 3-2 decisions, beating Bloomington North's Keith Langley in the second round and Owen Valley's Chase Snodgrass in the semifinals.
Greg Stultz (31-4) lost a 9-4 decision to Owen Valley's Mike Moore in the closing seconds of the 171-pound title match. With Stultz leading 4-3, Moore scored a two-point takedown and earned three near-fall points in the final six seconds.
The Northview senior reached the title match by pinning sean Gillenwater of Bloomington North at 2:49 and earned an 11-3 major decision over Isaac Trimble of Bloomington South in the semifinals.
Walden finished second at 275 pounds when Terre Haute South's Richie Hammond pinned him at 3:46.
"Walden is pretty strong. He keeps getting better and better everytime I wrestle him," Hammond said of the Northview wrestler.
Walden, now 14-21, pinned Bloomington South's Tyler Grubb in the opening round and in the second round, with six seconds left in the match, pinned Shane Wagner of Edgewood. Walden scored a 7-3 decision over Patrick O'Heran in the semifinals.
Four Knight earned third place finishes. Regional bound are Josh Longo at 112, Brandon Hathaway at 140 and Rob Pasalich at 189.
Northview had four wrestlers advancing with fourth places -- Beau Pingleton at 119, Tommy Herr-Smith at 152, Hank Weishaupt at 160.
The weigh-in at Bloomington South next on Saturday is at 8:30 a.m.
Team scores: Bloomington South (BS) 256; Northview (Nv) 207.5; Edgewood
(E) 165; Terre Haute South (THS)149; Bloomington North (BN) 124; Terre
Haute North (THN) 109.5; Owen Valley (OV) 106.5; West Vigo (WV) 83;
Sullivan (Sul) 82.
(Places 1-4 advance to regional)
103 -- Champions: Chris Lindauer (E) dec. Daniel Young (BS), 5-3;
Third-fourth: Carl Bowling (OV) dec. Tim Willis (THN) 9-2; Fifth-sixth: Eli
Hendricks (WV) pins Roy Adams (Sul), 2:01.
112 -- Champions: Chris Head (BS) pins Andrew Bledsoe (THN), 3:08;
Third-fourth: Josh Longo (Nv) dec. Nick Loffredo (THS) 5-2; Fifth-sixth
places: Matt Mest (E) def. Clint Mobley (OV), forfeit.
119 -- Champions: Reece Freeman (BS) dec. Trevor Gregory (THN), 10-7;
Third-fourth: Hillel Sapir (BN) pins Beau Pingleton (Nv), 4:09;
Fifth-sixth: Matt Hasty (E) dec. Jacob Hills (THS) 4-1.
125 -- Champions: Chris Craft (Nv) pins Shane McNeeley (Sul), 5:37;
Third-fourth: Adriel Jordan (BN) dec. Steve Spicer (E) 10-6; Fifth-sixth:
Josh Lentz (BS) pins Joshua Loudermilk (THN) 4:51.
130 -- Champions: Dustin Bruce (BN) pins Nick Samaro (BS), 3:56;
Third-fourth places: Daniel Wilson (WV) dec. Jered Snyder (E) 7-6;
Fifth-sixth: Brandon Smitley (THS) dec. Brian Griffin (Nv) 2-1.
135 -- Champions: Tony Withrow (BS) pins Zach Stultz (Nv), :58;
Third-fourth: Kyle Woolard (E) dec. Daniel VanGuilder (WV) 9-4; Fifth-sixth:
Chase Snodgrass (OV) major dec. Keith Langley (BN) 10-1.
140 --Champions: Justin Cox (Sul) dec. Nick Vitierisi (BS), 7-6;
Third-fourth: Brandon Hathaway (Nv) major dec., Kyle May (E) 20-6;
Fifth-sixth: Andy Jackson (WV) technical fall, Matt Polley (BN) 15-0.
145 -- Champions: Chris Dean (Nv) dec. Michael Borgnini (THN), 10-9;
Third-fourth: Kelley Deckard (BS) dec. Nick Anderson (THS) 4-3;
Fifth-sixth: Jake Ferguson (E) def. Cody Little (WV), injury default.
152 -- Champions: Kurt Kinser (BS) pins Seth Tetters (BN), 3:20;
Third-fourth: Casey Bybee (OV) major dec., Tommy Herr-Smith (Nv), 14-2;
Fifth-sixth: Aaron McHugh (THN) dec., Chris Duncan (THS), 11-6.
160 -- Champions: Paul Young (BS) technical fall, adam Merchant (OV),
16-1; Third-fourth: Ben Miller (THS) dec. Hank Weishaupt (Nv), 6-1;
Fifth-sixth: Jacob Leek (WV) dec. Steve Anderson (E) 7-4.
171 -- Champions: Mike Moore (OV) dec. Greg Stultz (Nv), 9-4;
Third-fourth: Danny Decker (THS) pins Isaac Trimble (BS), :50; Fifth-sixth: Sean
Gillenwater (BN) dec., Derek Cooper (WV), 4-3.
189 -- Champions: Graham Bennett (THS) pins Josh Bedwell (Sul), 4:53;
Third-fourth: Rob Pasalich (Nv) dec. Dustin Newell (BS), 4-0;
Fifth-sixth: Paul Weaver (E) dec. Ian Vancil Smith (THN), 7-5.
215 -- Champions: Cale Madsen (THS) dec. Brandon Walls (E), 6-5;
Third-fourth: Chris Jewett (WV) pins, Joe Arthur (BN), :24; Fifth-sixth:
Peter Venegas (OV) pins Levi Pepper (BS), :57.
275 -- Champions: Richie Hammond (THS) pins Brian Walden (Nv), 3:46;
Third-fourth: Matt Market (Sul) pins Shane Wagner (E), 4:25; Fifth-sixth:
Nathan Boling (THN) dec. Patrick O'Heran (BN), 3-1.