Times Staff Report
Tuning up for its annual wrestling invitational, Northview played an inhospitable host to visiting Owen Valley on Wednesday.
The Knights got rolling early, allowed nearly no offensive points to be scored against any of their wrestlers and earned bonus team points in all but one match to win 69-6 over the Patriots.
"Owen Valley is pretty young," commented coach Dan Mikesell of his opponent's lineup. "We bumped everyone up a weight class and it's nice to have the depth to do that."
The middle portion of the Northview lineup saw much of the bumping up in weight and the results were overwhelmingly positive from the opening bout at 125 pounds.
Luke Pingleton, typically a 112-pound competitor, played catch-and-release in the opening seconds of his match and earned quick back points to score an 11-3 lead. Pingleton eventually took a 16-4 advantage into the second period and scored three more back points to earn five team points for a 19-4 technical fall.
Brandon Mikesell followed and led 2-0 early in his match against Joe McHugh, but put the Patriots' junior on his back into a cradle to score the fall in just 1:45.
Kyle McCoy and Brandon Hathaway followed with falls of their own as Northview earned six points via pins in three straight matches.
McCoy took Ricky Deckard down by shooting into the freshman's legs and then added two back points for a 7-0 lead through the first period. McCoy then started the second period by exploding off the mat to gain two quick points then worked Deckard's shoulders to the mat for the fall in 2:41.
Hathaway followed with a pin over Elisha Arnold in 3:14 to remain unbeaten this season at 7-0.
A point of emphasis following the season opening dual loss to Bloomington South was conditioning and Northview coach Mikesell saw the results in the win over Owen Valley.
"Everyone wrestled pretty well tonight," noted Mikesell. "We had a pretty hard practice before the meet. When we have home meets that's what we usually do."
There didn't seem to be any ill effects against the Patriots.
Broc Potter increased the Northview lead to 27-0 by scoring a 10-1 major decision over Lonnie Pettigrew at 145 points. Potter gained three first period back points after a two-point take down for a 5-0 lead after one period. Starting down to open the second period, Potter escaped for another point and then cruised to the nine-point victory.
Beau Pingleton didn't waste much time in improving his record to 7-0 this year after putting Dustin Duncan on his back in just 1:06 and Zach Stultz did the same against James Hall, pushing his season mark to 7-0 as well.
Tom Herr-Smith and Jacob Sharton each earned forfeit wins at the end of the lineup along with Jared Staley.
"We looked good on our feet," said Mikesell. "We're doing the little things that we're working on in practice. We still have some guys working on conditioning and we're finding some guys we can drop in weight."
Skyler Hall earned a forfeit win at 103 pounds for the Knights.
At 112 pounds, Austin Sciotto tangled with Dalton Kemp and led 5-4 in the second period following two penalty points against Kemp for locking his hands. But Kemp came back and was able to earn a pin at the 2:35 mark.
"Austin hustled and has a great attitude," said Mikesell. "He works hard at it and he's going to be a good wrestler for us."
The Northview Invitational will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Northview 69, Owen Valley 6
103 -- Skyler Hall wins by forfeit
112 -- Austin Sciotto loses to Dalton Kemp by fall, 2:35
119 -- Double forfeit
125 -- Luke Pingleton wins by tech. fall over Daniel Newforth, 19-4
130 -- Brandon Mikesell wins over Joe McHugh by fall, 1:45
135 -- Kyle McCoy wins over Ricky Deckard by fall, 2:41
140 -- Brandon Hathaway wins over Elisha Arnold by fall, 3:14
145 -- Broc Potter wins by major decision over Lonnie Pettigrew, 10-1
152 -- Beau Pingleton wins over Dustin Duncan by fall, 1:06
160 -- Zach Stultz wins over James Hall by fall, 5:08
171 -- Tommy Herr-Smith wins by forfeit
189 -- Tommy Holifield wins over Chase Behrman by fall, 2:48
215 -- Jared Staley wins by forfeit
285 -- Jacob Sharton wins by forfeit
Next match: Northview hosts an invitational on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.