BLOOMINGTON -- Each year, Bloomington South's highly decorated wrestling program celebrates a Legends Night during their home opener, during which they honor former champions.
Northview has been the opponent for a couple of those ceremonies and were nearly able to spoil Wednesday's festivities before falling short, 28-36.
"It was disappointing to let a chance to beat a state-ranked team slip away, we just needed one more win somewhere to beat them," commented coach Dan Mikesell.
The Knights started well in the dual match that began at 140 pounds.
Brandon Hathaway opened by dropping Panther freshman, Ben Farmer, by pin in just 48 seconds.
Beau Pingleton won a 17-6 decision at 145 over Jake Prieboy and Zach Stultz won 13-8 over Terry Terrell at 152 to give the Knights a 13-0 lead.
But South turned the tables beginning at 160 pounds with an 11-1 win by Darren Eads over Caleb Dutrow.
Kyle Bristol scored late to win 6-5 over Northview senior Tommy Herr-Smith and Joey Todd won 13-7 over the Knights' Tommy Holifield.
The Panthers forfeited at 215 as Jared Staley got the win, but bounced back to score a 17-3 win at heavyweight as Tito Valentine won over the Knights' Jacob Sharton.
South's comeback was complete at 103 as Shawn Miracle won via fall in 1:38 over Northview freshman Skyler Hall. The win gave the Panthers a 20-19 lead.
The Knights regained the lead at 112 pounds when Luke Pingleton scored a 2-0 win over South senior, Tyler Deckard, but Northview had to forfeit at 119 and 125 pounds.
The deficit proved too much to overcome despite a 130-pound win by Brandon Mikesell via fall over Richard Reschke in 4:48.
Nick Viterisi finished off the South victory by scoring a 15-5 win over Kyle McCoy at 135 pounds.
"It was an exciting match with several close ones that went the distance," said Mikesell. "But, we are not satisfied with any moral victory, we want to win!"
Conditioning was a big factor in the eventual decision according to Mikesell.
"We wrestled okay in spots, but our conditioning really needs to improve. Obviously we need to look at our preseason program and figure out a way to get in better shape by week one to compete against quality opponents," said Mikesell.
Though he was disappointed in the team's loss, Mikesell feels that his squad is in a good position to kick off the season.
"It was a good starting point for the season. I think with a little adjustment in our line up we can beat them in sectional. The kids I hope understand now how much work they have in front of them for the next couple of months," commented Mikesell.
At Bloomington South
Bloomington South 36, Northview 28
140: Brandon Hathaway defeated Ben Farmer by fall :48
145: Beau Pingleton defeated Jake Prieboy 17-6
152: Zach Stultz defeated Terry Terrell 13-8
160: Caleb Dutrow lost to Darren Eads 11-1
171: Tommy Herr-Smith lost to Kyle Bristol 6-5
189: Tommy Holifield lost to Joey Todd 13-7
215: Jared Staley won by FF
285: Jacob Sharton lost to Tito Valentine 17-3
103: Skyler Hall lost to Shawn Miracle by fall 1:38
112: Luke Pingleton defeated Tyler Deckard 2-0
119: Northview FF
125: Northview FF
130: Brandon Mikesell defeated Richard Reschke by fall 4:48
135: Kyle McCoy lost to Nick Viterisi 15-5
Next match: The Knights travel to the Westfield Tourney on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.