Times Sports Editor
Visiting Edgewood proved to be too much for Northview on a less than celebratory senior night for the Knights.
Before the varsity match, Jared Staley, Jacob Sharton, Tom Herr-Smith, Zach Stultz, Beau Pingleton, Caleb Dutrow and Jason Blackburn were honored on senior night. But the final results left the fans a bit disappointed.
The Mustangs recorded five falls against the Knights to return to Ellettsville with a 39-27 wrestling win.
"(Edgewood) came in fired up," said Northview coach Dan Mikesell. "The match went close to how I thought it would except for three matches."
One of those three matches included one of the Knights' seniors in Beau Pingleton, who squared off against Steve Spicer, a sectional champion from last season.
The match went scoreless into the second period where Pingleton was able to escape shortly before the horn to take a 1-0 advantage into the third period. But Spicer was able to score a takedown in that third period to escape with a 3-1 win that fully swung momentum into the Mustangs favor.
The Mustangs came in like a whirlwind following the senior ceremonies, getting a pin from Jeremy Salyers at 130 pounds over Brandon Mikesell to grab a 6-0 team lead. Mikesell controlled the early stages of the match, leading 7-5 deep into the first period before a brief mistake allowed Salyers to grab four late points and a 9-7 lead into the second period.
Mikesell escaped to open the second stanza and grabbed a 10-9 lead with a takedown, but Salyers got free on the edge of the circle and was able to put Mikesell down for the fall.
Brandon Hathaway scored a 12-5 win for Northview to briefly stem the Mustangs' tide, but Zach Ferguson held off Broc Potter in an 8-4 decision. Spicer's win pushed Edgewood's lead to 12-2 due to Northview losing a team point via an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Senior Zach Stultz rebounded with a technical fall, 15-0 victory over Jake Ferguson.
Stultz grabbed back points in each period on the way to his win.
Caleb Dutrow grabbed a 7-1 lead in the second period, but Josh Sparks slowly worked his way back into the match, eventually getting to 9-8 with seconds remaining. But Dutrow held on for a win that narrowed the team score to 12-10 in favor of the Mustangs.
But that's as close as the Knights would get.
Edgewood's Steve Anderson held off Northview senior Tom Herr-Smith, 3-1 at 171-pounds.
Despite the loss, Mikesell had nothing but positives regarding his senior.
"I'm pretty proud of him," mentioned Mikesell of Herr-Smith. "He's wrestled (Anderson) a ton of times and that's probably the best effort he's had against him."
Edgewood got pins at 189 and 285 from Shane Wagner and Chris Brummett sandwiched around a Northview win from senior Jared Staley who dropped Seth Sturgeon in quick order.
"Jared really looked good," said Mikesell.
Leading 27-16, Edgewood posted a fall at 103-pounds from A.J. Kerr over Skyler Hall and a fall at 112 from Matt Mest over Austin Sciotto to push the lead to an insurmountable 23-point advantage.
Luke Pingleton ended the night with a strong effort against Dylan Crusenberry at 119 pounds.
Pingleton scored 12 takedowns in the match to earn the technical fall victory.
Chris Craft got a forfeit win at 125-pounds to cap the scoring.
Afterwards, Mikesell pointed towards the postseason as chance for the Knights to earn some retribution.
"We'll get a chance to meet them in the conference and the sectional," commented Mikesell. "We just need to work on our discipline in practice. We have a lot of things to work on."
In the JV matches, Brady Silvers and Beau Judd each won by pin.
Northview will compete on Saturday at the Bo Henry Classic at Bloomington North.
Edgewood 39, Northview 27
103 -- Skyler Hall loses by fall to A.J. Kerr
112 -- Austin Sciotto loses by fall to Matt Mest
119 -- Luke Pingleton wins by tech. fall over Dylan Crusenberry, 24-9
125 -- Chris Craft wins by forfeit
130 -- Brandon Mikesell loses by fall to Jeremy Salyers
135 -- Brandon Hathaway wins by decision over Jared Snyder, 12-5
140 -- Broc Potter loses by decision to Zach Ferguson, 8-4
145 -- Beau Pingleton loses by decision to Steve Spicer, 3-1
152 -- Zach Stultz wins by tech. fall over Jake Ferguson, 15-0
160 -- Caleb Dutrow wins by decision over Josh Sparks, 9-8
171 -- Tom Herr-Smith loses by decision to Steve Anderson, 3-1
189 -- Tommy Holifield loses by fall to Shane Wagner
215 -- Jared Staley wins by fall over Seth Sturgeon
285 -- Jacob Sharton loses by fall to Chris Brummett
Next match: Northview travels to Bloomington North to wrestle at the Bo Henry Classic on Saturday.