Northview junior Chris Dean (top) gains control of Terre Haute North's Michael Borgnini. Dean won a 4-3 decision over the Patriots' wrestler to win a regional title.
BLOOMINGTON -- Chris Dean broke his arm in the second meet of the Northview High School wrestling season. That would end postseason plans for most wrestlers. Then he had to face Terre Haute North's Michael Borgnini back-to-back weekends.
"Chris has had a tough road all week," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said.
Dean (13-2) has been up to the challenge, too, for he's going to the Evansville semistate this Saturday as 145-pound champion of the Bloomington Regional.
Dean, the only champion from the entire Wabash Valley area, will be joined by Northview teammate Chris Craft (33-6), who finished second at 125 pounds.
"For a freshman [like Craft] to be going to the state, that in itself is an accomplishment," Mikesell said.
Dean advanced to the semistate without a pin at the regional. The junior opened Saturday's by scoring a 14-2 major decision over Southwestern's Jordan Bruther. In the second round, Dean ran into Bloomington South's Kelly Deckard for the second week in a row, scoring a 3-1 decision to reach the championship match.
And for the second weekend in a row Dean found, Terre Haute North's Borgnini was there, too.
"To beat [Borgnini] two weeks in a row [by one point], that's a real testament to [Dean]," Mikesell said.
Craft is going to the semistate at 125 pounds via two decisions and one loss at the regional. The Northview freshman scored a 13-1 decision over Mark Presto of Columbus East in the first round, then beat Bobby Willis of Jennings County, 10-5, in the semifinals. Columbus North's Ethan Ott (36-10) was in control all the way to the 11-4 win over Craft.
"[Craft] wrestled real good early in the tournament. Then in the finals he looked good the first minute, but then he got reversed [by Ott] and never recovered," Mikesell said.
Dean and Craft are the only survivors out of the 11 Northview wrestlers who advanced from the sectional to the regional. While he would have liked more semistate entries, Mikesell was happy with the Knights' performance in the regional.
"The regional has gotten a lot tougher," Mikesell pointed out.
Zach Stultz almost made the semistate, but came up one place short.
Stultz finished fourth at 135 pounds, losing the consolation match 8-0 to Edgewood's Kyle Woolard.
Stultz (28-13) pinned Paul Schroeder of Southwestern in 2:46, but lost a 9-0 decision to Kyle Cooper of Columbus East in the semifinals.
Semistate competition will take place on Saturday at Evansville Reitz.
Northview Regional results
112 -- Mitchell Richey (Brown County) def. Josh Longo (Northview), pin
119 -- Jacob Milenbaugh (Columbus North) def. Beau Pingleton
(Northview), 3-2 decision.
125 -- Chris Craft (Northview) def. Mark Presto (Columbus East), 13-1
major decision; Craft def. Bobby Willis (Jennings County) 10-5 decision;
Championship match: Ethan Ott (Columbus North) def. Craft, 11-4
135 -- Zach Stultz (Northview) def. Paul Schroeder (Southwestern), pin
2:46; Kyle Cooper (Columbus East) def. Z. Stultz, 9-0 decision; Kyle
Woolard (Edgewood) def. Z. Stultz, 8-0 decision.
140 -- Logan Sadtler (Columbus North) def. Brandon Hathaway
(Northview), 21-5 major decision.
145 -- Chris Dean (Northview) def. Jordan Bruther (Southwestern), 14-2
major decision; dean def. Kelly Deckard (Bloomington South), 3-1
decision; Championship match: Dean def. Michael Borgnini (Terre Haute North),
152 -- Josh Hughes (Scottsburg) def. Tommy Herr-Smith (Northview), pin
160 -- Patrick Smith (Seymour) def. Hank Weishaupt (Northview), pin
171 -- Mike Carlin (Columbus North) def. Greg Stultz (Northview), 4-3
189 -- Bill Simpson (Scottsburg) def. Rob Pasalich (Northview), 9-5
275 -- Travis Waltrip (Seymour) def. Brain Walden (Northview), pin