Times Sports Editor
As far as season opening matches go, the Northview Knights would probably choose to forget about a dual match loss to Bloomington South on Wednesday night.
With no seniors in the lineup and several experienced varsity members on the sideline due to injury, the Knights were dropped by the visiting Panthers 65-7.
The lone wins came from regional qualifier Luke Pingleton, who scored an 11-3 major decision victory at 125 pounds and Brandon Pleake, who won 4-0 in the heavyweight class.
Afterwards, Northview coach Dan Mikesell was mostly positive after the one sided decision.
"I saw some good things tonight," said the Knights' coach. "I think our sophomore class looks a lot like last year's graduating class did when they were sophomores.
"I was hoping we could reload this year, but it looks like we'll be rebuilding. We have a lot of young kids and we had some bad match-ups," added Mikesell.
Bloomington South came out of the face off with a 6-0 lead after a forfeit win at 112-pounds and got a fall at 119 as Ethan Farmer pinned Northview freshman Austin Bell.
Pingleton got Northview on the board at 125 when he parlayed a couple of first period takedowns into an 11-3 major decision over Sam Horrocks.
The Knights would get no closer than that 12-4 early deficit.
The Panthers got a technical fall at 130 from Richard Reschke to increase the lead to 17-4 before defending sectional champion, Brannigan Barlow, squeezed out a narrow 3-2 win against the Knights' Brandon Mikesell.
The Northview sophomore fell behind in the second period 3-1 after earning a late escape point in the period and added another point early in the third. From there however, Mikesell wasn't quite able to get over the hump as Barlow took the three-point team decision.
"Brandon Mikesell wrestled pretty decent," said his coach. "He could have been more aggressive."
A forfeit at 140 and 160 made the deficit 44-4 as South also got a fall at 152 from Jade Prieboy over Nathan Duregger.
Tommy Holifield battled early with South junior Darren Eads, but fell via fall in the second period as did Junior Hubbard at 215 pounds.
Brandon Pleake gave Northview fans something to cheer about when he scored takedowns in the first and second periods to defeat the Panthers' Alex Audretsch.
"Pleake moving up (and winning) was the match of the night," admitted Mikesell. "He's a hustler and he came out and did what he does in practice everyday, working hard and hustling. It's really a tribute to how he works in practice."
Bloomington South finished off the match with a fall at 103 pounds from Jacob Boomsma over Caleb Nicosin.
"We can't get too down," said Mikesell afterwards. "We're going to take some lumps this year, but we have to keep our heads up."
The Knights continue their season when they travel to the Westfield Great Eight Tourney on Saturday.
Bloomington South 65, Northview 7
103 -- Jacob Boomsma (BS) wins by fall over Caleb Nicosin, 2:55
112 -- Kayne Pike (BS) wins by forfeit
119 -- Ethan Farmer (BS) wins by fall over Austin Bell (Nv), 3:25
125 -- Luke Pingleton (Nv) wins by major dec. over Sam Horrocks (BS), 11-3
130 -- Richard Reschke (BS) wins by tech. fall over Pat Durcholz (Nv), 15-0
135 -- Brannigan Barlow (BS) wins by dec. over Brandon Mikesell (Nv), 3-2
140 -- Ben Farmer (BS) wins by forfeit
145 -- Spencer Boyd (BS) wins by fall over Baylor Girton (Nv), 4:15
152 -- Jade Prieboy (BS) wins by fall over Nathan Duregger (Nv), 4:38
160 -- Terry Terrell (BS) wins by forfeit
171 -- Joey Todds (BS) wins by dec. over Brady Silvers (Nv), 9-3
189 -- Darren Eads (BS) wins by fall over Tommy Holifield (Nv), 3:35
215 -- Tito Valentin (BS) wins by fall over Junior Hubbard (Nv), 3:38
Hwt -- Brandon Pleake (Nv) wins by dec. over Alex Audretsch (BS), 4-0