SEYMOUR -- The Northview wrestling team made a long trip to Seymour and were unable to overcome Southwestern (Hanover) in the opening round of the team regional.
The Rebels were the beneficiary of some breaks, winning a match by fall that they had trailed in and getting a surprising fall at 140 pounds that helped swing a 38-29 decision in their favor.
The match began at 171 pounds and Brady Silvers got the Knights started with a big win over R.J. Rowlett, 11-7. The win got the team off on the right start with a 3-0 lead.
"Brady wrestled a pretty good match for us," commented coach Dan Mikesell.
Smith came in with a 39-4 mark and the decision pushed the lead to 8-3 before the Rebels won by fall at heavyweight to assume a 14-3 lead.
Southwestern's tough freshman Luke Schroeder was able to earn a 6-1 win at 103 pounds to improve to 35-6 this season.
The Knights were able to rebound with a tech. fall win over Skyler Parker, 16-1.
"Luke was very impressive," said Mikesell of his sophomore.
Northview did not have a 119 pound wrestler and had to forfeit, but bounced right back with a decision victory by freshman Brandon Mikesell over Jake Smith, 7-2.
Heading into the 130 pound division, Kyle McCoy wrestled a strong match against 37-1 Michael Harmon, but came up on the short end of a 10-6 decision.
Brandon Hathaway got the Knights back into the match by pinning his opponent in 3:23.
"Brandon's match really swung the momentum," said Mikesell.
The positive momentum was short-lived as Beau Pingleton dropped his match with a surprising pin.
"Beau was winning 9-2," said Mikesell. "He was never on his back, he was bridging and suddenly the official slams his hand down and it was over."
Pingleton's controversial loss helped cement the Knights' fate as Caleb Dutrow lost to 32-10 Paul Schroeder by fall. Zach Stultz' win by forfeit gave the Knights six more points and Tom Herr-Smith's win via fall ended his career in great fashion according to Mikesell.
"I was really happy for Tommy," commented Mikesell. "When Dutrow lost he knew it was the last match of his career, but I was proud of how he finished strong."
The Knights will send 10 competitors to Saturday's Bloomington South Regional with qualifiers moving on to the individual semi-state.
Seymour Team Regional
Southwestern (Hanover) 38, Northview 29
103 -- Skyler Hall lost by dec. Luke Schroeder, 6-1
112 -- Luke Pingleton won by maj. dec. over Skyler Parker, 16-1
119 -- Northview forfeits
125 -- Brandon Mikesell wins by dec. over Jake Smith, 7-2
130 -- Kyle McCoy lost by dec. over Michael Harmon, 10-6
135 -- Brandon Hathaway wins by fall, 3:23
140 -- Beau Pingleton lost by fall to Patrick O'Neill, 4:36
145 -- Caleb Dutrow lost by fall to Paul Schroeder, 2:33
152 -- Zach Stultz won by forfeit
160 -- Tom Herr-Smith wins by fall, 4:58
171 -- Brady Silvers wins by dec. over R.J. Rowlett, 11-7
189 -- Tom Holifield lost by tech. fall to Joe Sailor, 15-0
215 -- Jared Staley lost by dec. to Jared Smith, 2-1
285 -- Beau Judd loses by fall to Dakota Tatum, 3:06