For the Brazil Times
Bloomington -- Luke Pingleton is semi-state bound in the Indiana High School Athletic Association wrestling tournament.
The Northview High School junior raised his record to 31-5 while taking second place in the 125-pound class at the regional on Saturday at Bloomington South High School.
Pingleton will face a third-place wrestler from another regional this Saturday in the first round of the semi-state at Evanville. This is the first year regional champions do not receive byes as four places advance from the regional to the semi-state.
"Sometimes you're better off going in (to the semi-state) at second place," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said.
"Luke put together two or three good weeks in a row. He's wrestled good, really since the Sullivan tournament. He's really been on a roll and wrestled well at conference and last week (at the sectional)."
Pingleton was the only Northview Knight to advance beyond the first round of the regional.
"We had some tough match-ups with our younger kids coming in. I won't say it was a bad day. We got a guy in the finals. I think some of our kids wrestled fairly well, just not quite good enough to win those matches," Mikesell said.
Pingleton had a good shot at the title, but was one match short.
Pingleton pinned Jennings County's Byron Miller in the opening round, then won a 7-5 overtime decision against Terre Haute South's Dakota Case.
Pingleton and Case were tied 2-2 after the first period. Case led 4-2 after two periods, but Pingleton tied the score 5-5 in the third two-minute period sending the match into overtime.
But one minute and 34 seconds into the 125-pound title match, Madison 's Zach Adams surprised Pingleton. His head hit the mat hard and a quick whistle from the official ended the match.
"(Pingleton) was wrestling a good (championship) match and about had a takedown and he just got caught in that throw and hit his head," Mikesell said.
Northview's Caleb Nicosin finished the season with a 26-13 record. Madison's Steve Gibson pinned Nicosin a minute into the match.
"Caleb Nicosin got caught in a splay. He was wrestling a kid who was a lot taller than him. So that was a little disappointing. (Austin Bell) wrestled the kid from Columbus East (Baron Reiker) before at 112 and he lasted a little longer today. Brandon Mikesell (22-15) was a sophomore going against a senior with 36 wins and was right there. It was 2-0 with 15 seconds left and he had to try a desperation takedown and they countered us to make it 4-0. So I wasn't too disappointed with their performances," Mikesell said.
Kyle McCoy and Brady Silvers both lose to Jennings County wrestlers. McCoy, 14-4, lost a 9-3 decision to Luke Armond, who finished second in the tourney. Silvers, 27-13, lost a 12-3 decision to Bryan Beiswanger.
The Evansville Reitz Semi-State begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the top-four individuals advancing to the state finals at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Competing schools -- Bedford-North Lawrence (BNL), Bloomington South (BS), Bloomington North (BN), Brown County (BC), Columbus East (CE), Columbus North (CN), Edgewood (E), Jennings County (JC), Madison (M), Northview (N), Owen Valley (OV), Scottsburg (Scot), Seymour (Sey), Southwestern (Sw), Sullivan (Sul), Terre Haute North (THN), Terre Haute South (THS), West Vigo (WV).
103 -- Round 1: Caleb Nicosin (26-13, N) lost by fall 1:00 to Steve Gibson (Mad).
112 -- Round 1: Austin Bell (24-14, N) lost by fall 2:27 Baron Reiker (CE). 125 -- Round 1: Luke Pingleton (N) won by fall 3:41 Byron Miller (JC). Round 2: Pingleton (N) won overtime dec. 7-5 Case (THS). Championship: Pingleton (31-5, N) lost by fall 1:34 Zach Adams (Mad).
135 -- Round 1: Brandon Mikesell (22-15 N) lost dec. 4-0 Andy Marthin (Mad).
140 -- Round 1: Kyle McCoy (14-4, N) lost dec. 9-3 Luke Armond (JC).
160 -- Round 1: Brady Silvers (27-13, N) lost dec. 12-3 Bryan Beiswanger (JC).