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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Northview's 145-pounder Caleb Dutrow (right) went 5-0 during Saturday's Columbus East Tourney.
COLUMBUS -- Putting together perhaps its most impressive team effort to date, the Northview wrestling team trounced the competition in its first trip to the Columbus East Six-Way meet on Saturday.

The Knights won all five of its matches and had eight competitors go a perfect 5-0 on the day and nine total unbeaten wrestlers.

Coming into the meet Coach Dan Mikesell was interested to see how his team would react to some unfamiliar competition.

"Since this was the first time in this meet I was really anxious, looking at some of the scores against common opponents," said Mikesell. "I thought we would be in a real dog fight against Columbus East and Greenwood. I challenged our kids to really step up and they came through."

In dual match action, the Knights stepped up in a very big way.

Sophomore Luke Pingleton (right) was one of 10 unbeaten Northview wrestlers at the Columbus East Six-Way meet.
Northview drilled Triton Central in the opener by a 68-6 score and then sank its teeth into an overmatched Indianapolis Scecina squad, 81-0. The Knights shut down Seymour by a 54-18 score and pasted the host Olympians, 56-22. Northview wound up the meet with a 45-14 win over the aforementioned Woodmen of Greenwood.

Getting leadership and maximum effort from your seniors is a necessity in retaining a perfect tourney over the course of six matches and Northview 215-pounder Jared Staley left everything on the mat Saturday while going 5-0. Even when staring into the adversity of dropping a match via fall to a competitor from the host squad, Staley didn't let up according to Mikesell.

"Jared Staley had a really impressive day. He really accepted the challenge and wrestled smart. Brandon Smith of Columbus is a highly touted 215-pounder and he threw Jared to his back early in the match and to be honest, I am not sure how Jared got out of the hold, but he did, then reversed him and then put him on is back for the fall," commented Mikesell. "It was a real spark for the team and one of the more impressive wins I have seen Jared have."

Showing off some of the team's versatility during the meet to create better match-ups, the Knights maneuvered their lineup to great success.

Seniors Caleb Dutrow and Zach Stultz switched spots for the meet and still had unbeaten days for the Knights.

" Caleb was very impressive at 145 getting four pins in under a minute," said Mikesell. "He really worked hard for his last win over Jake Clawson of Greenwood winning 4-1. I was glad to see him get a six-minute match in at least once today. He looks good at 145 and it could be a permanent thing, we will have to see."

Stultz was also 5-0 and got two important wins during the day to help pace his team to victories.

Zach put together two nice wins over Ashton Brieryl of Columbus and Eric Lankford of Greenwood. Lankford moved up to wrestle Zach and he really had an impressive match," assessed Mikesell. "We were familiar with Lankford from summer camps and knew he was tough. I was glad he moved up to create such a good match-up."

A good crop of freshmen has also been a bright spot for Northview this year in building for the future.

Austin Sciotto stepped in at 119 pounds for the Knights and added two wins for his team in another display of Northview's versatility.

"It was nice to have some depth with Austin Sciotto to fill in so we didn't have to forfeit 119 all day. I appreciate his dedication in coming today to help us out when needed."

Tommy Holifield and Beau Judd, also freshmen, combined for four wins in the upper weights for the Knights, building depth for the future according to Mikesell.

"They ran into some really stout 189-pounders and heavy weights that have maturity, strength and an experience edge over them," commented Mikesell. "Those are two tough weight classes to be a freshman varsity wrestler in. It is good and bad. Good in the sense that they are getting valuable experience, bad in the sense that sometimes they are just overmatched. But each of them can improve for both this season and for the future. Along with the other two freshmen in our line up, we are establishing some building blocks for the future."

At the other end of the lineup, Skyler Hall posted a 3-2 mark in his first high school season and narrowly missed a fourth win on Saturday.

"Skyler Hall really continues to improve and I like his hustle. He would have been 4-1 but made a simple mistake in the last seconds against Greenwood and got reversed," mentioned Mikesell.

Though he's just a sophomore, Luke Pingleton is already wrestling with the determination of an upperclassman. Saturday was no different.

Pingleton won all three of his matches at 112-pounds and jumped to 119 to score two more victories.

"I like his competitive attitude," Mikesell said of Pingleton. "I think he is really benefitting from the camp he went to this summer and he is maturing into a nice little wrestler for us."

From 112 pounds to 160, Northview was 31-0 on Saturday as Brandon Mikesell (125), Kyle McCoy (130), Brandon Hathaway (135), Beau Pingleton (140) and Tom Herr-Smith (160) were all unbeaten as well.

"McCoy had another great day. He really surprised some coaches here with his wrestling and athletic ability," pointed out Mikesell.

Hathaway isn't surprising anyone this season after a strong sophomore year, which makes this year's success even more impressive according to his coach.

"He is emerging as a great leader for our team. We still have some minor things to improve on before the sectional, but his work ethic and intensity will carry him and I expect him to hit his stride in a couple of weeks," said Mikesell.

Beau Pingleton had ear surgery on Friday to repair an ailment referred to as cauliflower ear, but wrestled through the discomfort of having stitches in the ear to win all five matches.

"Beau Pingleton did a nice job of working through a minor injury to go 5-0," noted Mikesell. "It was a testament to his dedication to the team and the sport to work through it."

Brandon Mikesell is another of the Knights' talented frosh this season and he appears to be gaining speed and maturity as the season progresses

"Brandon Mikesell put in a quality day with big wins over Columbus and Greenwood," commented his coach. "He is still a work in progress to become the wrestler he can be, but I was happy with his effort today."

Herr-Smith came from behind in a match against Triton Central's Auston Neuner to score a close 6-3 win and remain unbeaten on the day.

"(Hathaway) really wrestled smart in that match and I have been waiting to see him put a match like that together," pointed out Mikesell. "He works really hard in practice and it was nice to see it come together in competition."

At 171-pounds, sophomore Brady Silvers went 3-2 on the day and his effort has perhaps earned him more varsity matches under Mikesell.

"He is a work horse and I can see great things for his future," commented Mikesell. "I am glad to have a kid like Brady on the team, I know I can count on him to do the right things on and off the mat."

Winning all five matches on Saturday gives the Knights a confidence boost heading into a three-way match at Terre Haute South on Tuesday and this weekend's Sullivan Winter Duals.

"With a good tournament like this it should give the kids a lot of confidence, but it will be my job to make sure they continue to work hard and improve in several areas," noted Mikesell. "

"The next three weeks of the season are the most important and our kids know that they seem to have the right stuff to get it done, mentioned the Northview coach. "It will be up to them to put in the time and effort in the room and on their own to reach our goals."

103: Skyler Hall 3-2

112: Austin Sciotto 2-0

112: Luke Pingleton 3-0

119: Luke Pingleton 2-0

125: Brandon Mikesell 4-0

130: Kyle McCoy 5-0

135: Brandon Hathaway 5-0

140: Beau Pingleton 5-0

145: Caleb Dutrow 5-0

152: Zach Stultz 5-0

160: Tom Herr-Smith 5-0

171: Brady Silvers 3-2

189: Tommy Holifield 2-3

215: Jared Staley 5-0

285: Beau Judd 2-3

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