On Saturday, for the first time under coach Dan Mikesell, the Knights warded off the competition in fall five rounds of wrestling at the Northview Invitational.
Posting five match wins, including the team's first over the Plainfield Quakers, the Knights earned the right to take home the team plaque.
"I'm pretty excited about that," said Mikesell about adding the trophy to the school's awards' case.
"Plainfield has a little bit of a younger team than they usually do, but we're better right now. I think we wrestled the best we did all day against Plainfield."
The Knights also won an individual award as Beau Pingleton won all five matches and won the Most Takedowns Award with 31.
Against the Quakers, the two teams were tied after the first four matches as Tommy Holifield won an 8-3 decision and the Knights got a forfeit win at 285 pounds.
The Quakers evened the team score at 15-all with a fall at 112 and took a brief lead when junior Robbie Wittman was able to earn a pin against sophomore Luke Pingleton.
From there however, the Knights got a huge win from Brandon Mikesell, 7-1, over Dalton Doyer to shift momentum.
Northview then got six points each from Kyle McCoy, Brandon Hathaway, Beau Pingleton and Zach Stultz. Each competitor scored a fall over their Plainfield competition to give Northview a 42-21 lead.
Caleb Dutrow sweated out a 2-0 decision at 152 pounds over Elliott Hughes and the Quakers won the final match to create the final 20-point win for Northview.
"Plainfield is a good team," commented Mikesell. "They have a good feeder program and a junior high team. This is probably the fewest number of champions we've had, but it says a lot about our program that we won the team award."
The Knights had six different competitors that either went 4-1 or 5-0 on the afternoon with Hathaway, Beau Pingleton and Stultz going unbeaten. Luke Pingleton, McCoy and Dutrow all went 4-1 on the day.
Coming into Saturday, Mikesell had pointed to the match with the South Vermillion Wildcats as a testing point for his Knights.
Northview proved up to the task, scoring a 43-28 decision thanks to some wins in key spots.
Silvers won his match by fall against Ashdon Frazier to give Northview six important bonus points in the team race.
Senior 215-pounder, Jared Staley also earned a bonus point with his major decision win over Dylan Lynch and Tom Herr-Smith took a 7-4 decision.
At 103 pounds, Hall came though with a second period pin against Spencer Bishop and McCoy scored bonus points for a major decision win at 130 pounds. Hathaway scored a fall along with Beau Pingleton and Stultz added a tech fall to go with three pins on the day. Luke Pingleton added a win that helped push the Knights to the 15-point team win over the Wildcats.
"South Vermillion came in undefeated and I think there were two matches in there that we should have won where we led and gave up pins," said Mikesell. "But I was pretty happy to beat them."
The Knights also scored a 48-24 win over Brown County and took a 44-28 win over Terre Haute North.
The Northview win came in front of a great crowd, including a large group of younger fans that watched the Knights take the team win.
"We had a lot of kids from our wrestling club here and our (high school) kids do a good of talking to them and I think that says a lot about their character," said Mikesell.
The Knights will host Edgewood for Senior Night on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m.
"We've got Edgewood on Tuesday and some of our guys will have a tough match," said Mikesell about the matchup with the Mustangs. "We've got the Bo Henry meet after that and we've got a goal of winning it. I think we can put a few of our guys in the finals and score some good team points."
* Brown County's Chandler Coffey wins Most Outstanding Wrestler
* Northview's Beau Pingleton wins Most Takedowns Award (31)
Round One: Northview 48, Brown County 24; Plainfield 54, South Vermillion 40; Terre Haute North 31, West Vigo 12
Round Two: Northview 59, West Vigo 18; Brown County 46, Terre Haute North 35; Plainfield 36, South Vermillion 29
Round Three: Northview 43, South Vermillion 28; Plainfield 53, Terre Haute North 16;
Round Four: Northview 44, Terre Haute North 28; Plainfield 40, Brown County 36; South Vermillion 34, West Vigo 28
Round Five: Northview 45, Plainfield 25; Brown County 42, South Vermillion 36; Terre Haute North 36, West Vigo 26
Northview 43, South Vermillion 28
103 -- Hall wins by fall over Bishop
112 -- Sciotto loss by fall to Huber
119 -- L.Pingleton wins by decision over Millikan
125 -- Mikesell loss by major decision to Bohannon, 13-4
130 -- McCoy wins by major decision over Arehart, 14-2
135 -- Hathaway wins by fall over B.Millikan
140 -- B.Pingleton wins by fall over Hoggett
145 -- Z.Stultz wins by tech. fall over Smith, 24-9
152 -- Dutrow loss by fall to Vandiver
160 -- Herr-Smith win by decision over Frazier, 7-4
171 -- Silvers won by fall over Hoke
189 -- Holifield loss by fall to Bennett
215 -- Staley wins by major decision over Lynch, 13-4
285 -- Sharton loss by fall to Wallace
Northview 48, Brown County 24
103 -- Skyler Hall loss by decision to Melissa Richey, 8-6
112 -- Austin Sciotto loss by fall to Mitchell Richey
119 -- Luke Pingleton won by forfeit
125 -- Brandon Mikesell won by forfeit
130 -- Kyle McCoy loss by decision to Zach Wojdyla, 5-4
135 -- Brandon Hathaway won by tech. fall over Rutherford, 19-3
140 -- Beau Pingleton won by tech. fall over Wall, 20-3
145 -- Zach Stultz won by fall over Critser
152 -- Caleb Dutrow won by tech. fall over Wilcox, 16-0
160 -- Tom Herr-Smith won by major decision over Lee, 13-7
171 -- Brady Silvers loss by fall to Quackenbush
189 -- Tommy Holifield won by forfeit
215 -- Jared Staley loss by fall to Coffey
285 -- Jacob Sharton won by forfeit
Northview 59, West Vigo 18
103 -- Sciotto won by forfeit
112 -- Hall loss by fall to Hendricks
119 -- L.Pingleton won by fall over Waller
125 -- Mikesell won by major decision over Rouck, 16-9
130 -- McCoy won by fall over Edwards
135 -- Hathaway won by fall over Lewellyn
140 -- B.Pingleton won by tech. fall over Little, 23-8
145 -- Stultz won by fall over Jackson
152 -- Dutrow won by fall over Burt
160 -- Herr-Smith won by fall over Wilson
171 -- Silvers won by decision over Budd, 7-2
189 -- Holifield won by fall over Keller
215 -- Staley loss by fall to Jones
285 -- Sharton loss by fall to Bolin
Northview 44, T.H. North 28
103 -- Sciotto won by forfeit
112 -- Hall loss by major decision to Nate Page, 12-4
119 -- L.Pingleton won by fall over Jedd Page
125 -- Mikesell loss by fall to Tim Willis
130 -- McCoy won by forfeit
135 -- Hathaway won by forfeit
140 -- B.Pingleton won by tech. fall over Barht, 26-11
145 -- Stultz won by forfeit
152 -- Dutrow won by fall over Grover
160 -- Herr-Smith loss by decision to Page, 6-3
171 -- Silvers loss by fall to Smith
189 -- Holifield loss by decision to Collett, 4-2
215 -- Staley won by decision over Knight, 8-4
285 -- Sharton loss by fall to Lloyd
Northview 45, Plainfield 25
103 -- Hall wins by fall over Shepherd
112 -- Sciotto loss by fall to Heald
119 -- L.Pingleton loss by fall to Wittman
125 -- Mikesell wins by decision over Boyer, 7-1
130 -- McCoy wins by fall over Cozart
135 -- Hathaway wins by fall over Williams
140 -- B.Pingleton wins by fall over Parrish
145 -- Stultz wins by fall over Drake
152 -- Dutrow wins by decision over Hughes, 2-0
160 -- Herr-Smith loss by major decision to Morgan, 13-2
171 -- Silvers loss by fall to Caldwell
189 -- Holifield wins by decision over Wiegand, 8-3
215 -- Staley loss by decision to Loughlin, 6-2
285 -- Sharton wins by forfeit