Times Sports Editor
MOORESVILLE -- The Northview Knights sent three wrestlers into the championship match, won a pair of thirds and two fourths on the way to placing second as a team at the Mooresville Holiday Classic.
Luke Pingleton was a champion for the Knights, going to overtime before earning a take down against Brownsburg's Chris Oaks to score a 4-2 sudden death victory at 112 pounds.
Meanwhile, both Brandon Hathaway and Brandon Mikesell also advanced to the finals before earning runner-up finishes.
"It was a really good win for (Luke)," said coach Dan Mikesell. "He beat a solid kid in the final. He's been focused and fought through some shoulder pain. I'm really pleased with his effort."
"He got caught early, but he battled back," said Mikesell of Hathway's second period run. "I feel bad that he lost because I know how badly he wanted this win and he worked hard. But the (state) finals will probably go through that kid."
Mikesell made the finals with a fall and two decisions, but wasn't able to solve the Castle freshman in a 10-3 defeat.
"Brandon did a nice job putting together a nice tourney," assessed Mikesell. "This is a pretty prestigious tournament to make the finals."
Castle's Knights wrangled six individual titles to take the team trophy with 281.5 points to Northview's 160.5. Homestead was third with 157 points.
Mikesell pointed out that despite a semifinal loss to eventual champion Phillip Seitz of Castle (6-4), Pingleton finished in style.
"Beau lost a tough match to (Seitz) in the semifinal, but that really should have been the championship match," said Mikesell of a bout between two competitors with a combined record of 36-5.
Zach Stultz scored another third for the Knights by rebounding from a 1-0 deficit to Joey Juliano of Mooresville. Stultz trailed by a single point into the third period when he tied the match with an escape and took Juliano down late for the victory.
The effort was perhaps even more impressive when Mikesell admitted that Stultz wasn't quite at full strength.
"Zach has been a little sick. Last week he had he bug that's been going around, but he battled through that to make weight. I'm proud of him," commented Mikesell.
Furthering Northview's runner-up finish as a team was a fourth place finish from Kyle McCoy and Caleb Dutrow.
Dutrow came back from a second round loss to win three straight matches, earning valuable team points for Northview. McCoy meanwhile couldn't quite get past Castle's Andrew Seitz, dropping two five-point matches, but he battled to provide key team points.
"McCoy by far had the toughest draw of the tournament," mentioned Mikesell. "He wrestled better than a fourth place finish and he's getting better and better."
At 215 pounds, Jared Staley pounded out a 13-2 major decision over Madison's Shawne Clubb, scoring back points twice in the second period for the victory. The win gave Staley a critical seventh place finish.
"Tom Herr-Smith and Jared Staley did a good job of coming back to get seventh place," said Mikesell. "They both knew how important those team points were."
Herr-Smith scored an 8-7 decision over Beech Groves' Cruz Dyson, earning the winning back points late in the third period for the victory.
Skyler Hall also rebounded from and opening round loss to score an eighth-place finish for the Knights.
Afterwards, Mikesell pointed towards the results from Castle as a goal for his team to achieve in the future.
"I'm pleased with the group of seniors we have," said Mikesell. "We have to get some more champions, but Castle is a great program and we want to be like the Castle's out there," he said referring to the state's storied programs.
The Knights will be back in action on Saturday at the Columbus East Six-Way Tourney.
Mooresville Holiday Classic
Team Scores: Castle 281.5, 2. Northview 160.5, 3. Homestead 157, 4. Mooresville 144, 5. Brownsburg 139, 6. Whiteland 132, 7. Beech Grove 108, 8. T.H. South 107, 9. West Noble 100, 10. Evansville Central 89, 11. Bloomington North 71, 12. Madison 70, 13. Hamilton Southeastern 69.5, 14. Plainfield 67, 15. Crawfordsville 59, 16. Monrovia 20
First Place: Jacob Barton (Bburg) wins over Andy Franklin (HST), 6-1
Third Place: Michael Brown (Castle) wins by fall over Preston Wilson (WTL), 3:57
Fifth Place: Robby Taylor (Mad) wins by maj. dec. over Brent Roman (HSE), 12-4
First Place: Luke Pingleton (Nv) wins by dec. over Chris Oaks (Bburg), 4-2 OT
Third Place: Quintin Dormeier (Castle) wins by dec. over Matt Carter (HST), 11-5
Fifth Place: Jordan Jensen (THS) wins by dec. over Kalob Heald (PL), 4-0
First Place: Austin Dickey (WTL) wins by dec. over Justin Fuller (Bburg), 6-4
Third Place: Ty Alles (WNO) wins by dec. over Jake Ramage (BGR), 6-5
Fifth Place: Robbie Wittman wins by dec. over Ryan Storey (Mor), 8-4
First Place: Doug Welch (Castle) wins by dec. over Brandon Mikesell (Nv), 7-2
Third Place: Jacob Hills (THS) wins by maj. dec. over Coltin Dickey (WTL), 16-3
Fifth Place: Doug Rush (WNO) wins by dec. over Zack Ramage (BGR), 3-0
First Place: Kyle Marsh (WNO) wins by maj. dec. over Justin Wright (HST), 4-1
Third Place: Andrew Seitz (Castle) wins by dec. over Kyle McCoy (Nv), 6-1
Fifth Place: Nick Angermeier (Mor) wins by maj. dec. over Jordan Pittman (WTL), 12-1
First Place: Chad Welch (Castle) wins by fall over Brandon Hathaway (Nv), 5:32
Third Place: Luke Bittner (EVC) wins by dec. over Corbin Murphy (Mor), 2-1
Fifth Place: Nick Gates (BGR) wins by dec. over Trent Willburn (HST), 7-6
First Place: Phillip Seitz (Castle) wins by dec. over Matt Wong (Bburg), 2-1
Third Place: Beau Pingleton (Nv) wins by tech. fall over Patrick Robinson (HSE), 23-8
Fifth Place: Stuart Tollison (Mor) wins by maj. dec. over Patrick Vandiver (WNO), 14-3
First Place: Preston Richard (Castle) wins by dec. over Andrew Fahlsing (HST), 6-4 OT
Third Place: Zach Stultz (Nv) wins by dec. over Joey Juliano (Mor), 3-1
Fifth Place: Paul Bennett (THS) wins by dec. over Allen Cox (BN), 4-3
First Place: Andrew Pettijohn (Castle) wins by dec. over Bobby Natusch (HST), 5-4
Third Place: Mike Kroger (HSE) wins by fall over Dain Smith (Mor), 3:28
Fifth Place: Dain Smith (Mor) wins by fall over Eric Joyal (THS), 2:22
First Place: Todd Hacker (Mor) wins by dec. over Nick Anderson (THS), 6-4 OT
Third Place: James Cochran (EVC) wins by dec. over Craig Fairley (CRA), 9-6
Fifth Place: Trevor Morgan (PLA) wins by dec. over Cory Weikel (Castle), 9-2
First Place: Alfred Warren (Mor) wins by dec. over Justin Midyette (WTL), 3-1
Third Place: Ryan Mann (Castle) wins by dec. over Mario Turi (EVC), 7-3
Fifth Place: Mario Turi (EVC) wins by dec. over Nick Pullen (THS), 7-3
First Place: Devin Wentz (Bburg) wins by dec. over Logan Williams (HST), 6-0
Third Place: Thomas Logan (BGR) wins by dec. over Alex Rosebrock (Castle), 10-3
Fifth Place: Cliff Lawson (THS) wins by default over Bryce Armstrong (WNO)
First Place: Clay Robison (Castle) wins by dec. over Jacob Vandeman (WTL), 8-7
Third Place: Chaz Brock (CRA) wins by fall over Clayton Smith (Mor), 2:56
Fifth Place: Jake Vandeventer (BN) wins by dec. over Adam Kim (HSE), 5-2
First Place: Joe Arthur (BN) wins by dec. over Sam Johnson (Mad), 7-0
Third Place: Jason Simpson (HST) wins by dec. over Tyler Daugherty (Castle), 2-1
Fifth Place: Brandon Brinkley (BGR) wins by dec. over Dylan Stone (Mon), 9-4