ELLETSVILLE -- The Northview wrestling team got one of its injured members back on Thursday night, but it still wasn't enough to overtake Edgewood on its home mat.
The Knights returned Kyle McCoy, who was a 34-match winner and semi-state qualifier last year, from a broken leg suffered in football.
McCoy scored a 7-3 victory in his return to the mat and Northview coach Dan Mikesell admitted it was nice to have his senior back.
"I was glad to have Kyle back in the line up. I was hoping that would give us a spark, but we still didn't have it in us to get the win," Mikesell said.
Much of the Knights' loss had to do with the Mustangs taking five of the final six bouts of the night.
The match see-sawed back-and-forth from 103 pounds to 130 pounds as the team lead changed hands four times.
The dual match started at 171 pounds with Northview's Michael Duregger claiming a fall over Taylor Bybee to get the Knights off on the right foot with a 6-0 lead. However, the Mustangs bounced back to get pins from Will Heston over Brandon Pleake and from Seth Sturgeon against Junior Hubbard at 189 and 215.
In the heavyweight division, the Mustangs' Chris Brummett came through with a tough 6-5 win over Northview's Beau Judd to put Edgewood up 15-6.
The Knights rallied in the score with Austin Bell and Caleb Nicosin each getting forfeits to put Northview back on top 18-15, but the advantage was short lived.
Mustangs' senior, Matt Mest, who narrowly missed the semi-state last year with a fourth at regional, pinned the Knights' Austin Sciotto to reclaim the team lead.
In a battle of regional qualifiers from last year, Luke Pingleton gave the Knights the lead back with a pin against AJ Kerr in 3:14. The win put Northview on top 24-21.
Mikesell pointed to a couple of his seniors as posting quality wins in the dual match.
"Luke Pingleton wrestled a solid match and controlled his opponent," Mikesell said. "Michael Duregger had a nice win and took advantage of his opponent's mistake to get him in a cradle. I was glad those two seniors won."
At 130 pounds the Knights were forced to forfeit, which gave the Mustangs a lead they wouldn't relinquish at 27-24.
Edgewood got a win by Jeremy Salyers, another fourth-place regional wrestler, by fall over Brandon Mikesell at 135 and the lead ballooned to 33-24 for the Mustangs.
McCoy's win at 140 garnered four team points for the Knights, but the Mustangs finished strong behind their talented middle-weight wrestlers.
With last year's semi-state qualifiers Steve Spicer at 152 and Josh Sparks at 160, the Mustangs earned bonus points in each along with a pin by Zach Ferguson at 145 over Baylor Girton.
With another frustrating loss on the books, Mikesell feels his team needs to start bearing down and putting all excuses aside as the postseason nears.
We have to get back to Northview wrestling. No more excuses of being young or inexperienced. We are over halfway through the season and it is past time for some of these freshman, sophomores and juniors to grow up," Mikesell pointed out. "I was disapointed we did not hustle to win some scramble situations and recognize when we were in danger to giving up back points. Hustle and effort require no talent and we are no longer going to accept anything less than total effort.
"I am not taking anything away from Edgewood, they have some good seniors, but the bottom line is we did not wrestle very well, when you combine that with a team that is perhaps a little better than you, you will never get an upset win," the Knights' coach added.
Northview heads to the Columbus East 6-way tourney today as a defending champion that is looking for continued growth.
"We actually have had a couple of good days of practice this week and it is time to transfer that to competition. We won the Columbus tournament last year, so there will be a target on our back," Mikesell said. "I am expecting to get some wins this Saturday."
Edgewood 49, Northview 27
171: Michael Duregger won by fall in 2:38 against Taylor Bybee
189- Brandon Pleake lost by fall in 1:41 against Will Heston
215- Junior Hubbard lost by fall in 1:39 against Seth Sturgeon
HWT- Beau Judd lost 5-6 against Chris Brummett
103- Caleb Nicosin got a forfeit
112- Austin Bell got a forfeit
119- Austin Sciotto lost by fall in 1:29 against Matt Mest
125- Luke Pingleton won by fall in 3:14 against AJ Kerr
130- we forfeited against Anthony Thompson
135-Brandon Mikesell lost by fall in 3:09 against Jeremy Salyers
140- Kyle McCoy won 7-3 against Wes Adams
145-Baylor Girton lost by fall in 1:24 against Zach Ferguson
152- Nathan Duregger lost by fall in :56 against Steven Spicer
160- Brady Silvers lost 4-14 against Josh Sparks