SULLIVAN -- The Northview wrestling team repeated an unbeaten record at the Sullivan Duals on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights won all four of their matches last season while seven wrestlers went undefeated. This year the team scored five dual match victories and crowned five overall champions.
Beau Pingleton won the 135-pound title last year and moved up to win the championship at 140-pounds for the Knights.
Pingleton defeated two of his opponents by fall and added a 19-10 win over Gibson Southern's Michael Schleter with two other wins coming via forfeit.
Coach Dan Mikesell felt that Pingleton wrestled a strong tourney to earn the championship.
"Beau looked dominant at times, but got a little behind in the Gibson Southern match and then woke up to rally for a big win," said the Knights' coach.
Kyle McCoy was the recipient of three forfeits on the day, but despite the inactivity as far as actual match competition, the junior dropped both his head-to-head opponents.
"Kyle McCoy had a frustrating day in that he got three forfeits, but made his two matches count beating Walker McMillen from Robinson by fall in 1:18 and Steve Rausch by tech fall 16-0," commented Mikesell. "He is looking good and I am expecting a great WIC and sectional meet out of him."
In this, his senior season, Zach Stultz has been stout all year long and this year's trip to the Sullivan Winter Duals ended the same as last year, with a championship.
"Zach Stultz put on a takedown clinic all day with 41 takedowns on the afternoon," said Mikesell. "He really looked good and put together some nice, nice matches.
Stultz earned a pair of falls besides posting a 25-10 win over Alec Steinmetz of Gibson Southern. He also earned bonus points with an 11-4 win over Trenton Wade of Robinson, Ill. and a 14-4 victory against Garet Potts of Lawrenceville, Ill.
"He had two tough kids from Lawrenceville and Robinson, but broke them down and got several takedowns late in the matches," mentioned the Knights' coach. "It was nice to see his conditioning looking good and nice to see him really work and push kids and then just get on a roll late in matches.
Jared Staley has come on strong during the second half of the season and appears to be preparing well for the postseason which begins with the Western Indiana Conference on Saturday.
At 215-pounds, Staley went 4-1 on the day, but still earned the weight class championship to repeat. His lone loss was a surprising upset according to Mikesell who hopes it doesn't affect the WIC draw.
"Jared Staley was the individual champ at 215 but he lost 5-1 against Spencer Brooks from Sullivan," said Mikesell. "That was a real upset in my opinion. I just hope it doesn't really affect the conference seeding too much, we need to get Jared in the lower bracket away from (Brown County's Chandler) Coffey. I would rather see him in the finals."
Luke Pingleton earned a title at 112-pounds on Saturday, a year after going 3-1 at 103-pounds for Northview.
The sophomore Knight took a fall over Chris Grimm of Robinson and Evansville Harrison's Blake Grant. Pingleton also scored a tech. fall, 21-6, against Alex Hirsch of Gibson Southern and Sullivan's Roy Adams, 17-2. He also received on forfeit on the day for a 5-0 mark.
"Luke put together another nice day and looks really solid," said Mikesell. "He has been wrestling like he practices and will need another good week of practice as he has one of the toughest weight classes this weekend at WIC."
Coming off a title at the Columbus East Invitational a week before, senior Tom Herr-Smith was 4-1 in the 160-pound class at Sullivan for the Knights.
"Tommy Herr-Smith was also 4-1 and his only loss was a close decision to Travis Selby of Robinson 4-0," said Mikesell. "Other than the first match, Tommy looked good all day."
Junior 135-pounder Brandon Hathaway also was a four-match winner in the duals, but his only loss is to a competitor he could see at the WIC Tourney with a conference title on the line.
"He lost a close match with Holden Fuderich of Sullivan," mentioned Mikesell. "I am confident he will work hard to correct his mistakes to change the outcome of that match in the future."
At 145-pounds, senior Caleb Dutrow also won four matches against one loss for the Knights.
The freshmen class had a solid day for Northview, getting 3-2 records from Skyler Hall at 103-pounds, Brandon Mikesell at 119 and Beau Judd at 285 and Brandon Pleake at 189. Each competitor will be key factors in the chase for a conference championship this weekend.
"Beau Judd had a nice day going 3-2. He is showing improvement and was a lot more aggressive at times," assessed Mikesell. "He has a real good attitude right now and I am looking forward to watching and nurturing his development over the next three seasons."
Brady Silvers was 1-4 at 171-pounds for Northview on Saturday.
Next up for the Knights is a trip to the WIC meet. The Knights will be seeking their fifth consecutive championship.
103: Skyler Hall: 3-2
112: Luke Pingleton 5-0
119: Brandon Mikesell 3-2
130: Kyle McCoy 5-0
135: Brandon Hathaway 4-1
140: Beau Pingleton 5-0
145: Caleb Dutrow 4-1
152: Zach Stultz 5-0
160: Tommy Herr-Smith 4-1
171: Brady Silvers: 1-4
189: Brandon Pleake 3-2
215: Jared Staley 4-1
285: Beau Judd 3-2