Times Sports Editor
The Northview wrestling team started the season off with some stout competition at 12th-ranked Bloomington South and in the Westfield Tourney over the weekend. Battling some tough opponents prepared the Knights well for the home opener, a 58-9 pasting of and improving Owen Valley program.
"I was a little worried this morning with guys being sick and overweight so we practiced after school and got everybody on weight," coach Dan Mikesell said. "It's a good win because they have a lot of depth and they have a good coach who has done a lot of wrestling.
"I told the kids that I wanted them to be tough tonight and come out and be aggressive and that's basically what they did so they responded pretty well," Mikesell added.
Two pivotal matches included a pair of unbeaten Patriots as Northview's Skyler Hall battled Kaelan Shouse at 112 pounds. Hall went up 5-0 in the first period after earning back points and then finished the Patriots' freshman via fall at the 2:58 mark. In the 152-pound match, the Knights' Larry Shaffer took on Owen Valley's Evan White in a tough battle that went the distance. Shaffer was up 4-2 following a late, second period take down and then boosted the final advantage to 8-3 at the final horn.
"A good win for Skyler Hall and Larry, I think both their 112 and 152-pound wrestlers were undefeated," Mikesell said.
Zach Mishler also earned a big win for the Knights as he won a thrilling back-and-forth match at 140 pounds with Cory Poland.
Mishler earned a takedown at the second period buzzer to lead 10-7 and eventually went up 13-7 on a reversal in the third. Poland came back with an escape and a takedown of his own to narrow the gap to 13-10, but Mishler maintained the lead for the victory.
Nathan Duregger opened the match with a major decision against Dillon McGraw to get the Knights off to a good start at 171 pounds and after the Patriots won at 189, Aaron See took down Michael Hill with a fall at 215 and Beau Judd made quick work of his opponent at 285, pinning Brent Lutz in 20 seconds.
Leading 16-6, the match swung to the lower weight classes and the Knights kept the momentum as Caleb Nicosin won via 36-second fall at 103 and Hall claimed the 112-pound match. Austin Bell pinned Katie Price in 21 seconds to push the team lead to 34-6.
Both teams were forced to forfeit 125 pounds and Owen Valley was able to get a 9-1 win by Jack Petry over Northview's Austin Sciotto in a tough battle.
Brandon Mikesell was the winner at 145 pounds, pinning Jacob Morley in 1:50 and Brady Silvers followed up a strong Westfield Tourney with a win by fall in 1:00.
"Obviously this was a good measuring stick to see where we're at and we're not where we need to be, but the kids know to get after it and get in the (wrestling) room," Mikesell said. "The thing was that they responded really well. I challenged them on Thursday and Friday and at Westfield we did have seven kids with winning records so if we hadn't had those forfeits I think we would have done better team-wise. Bottom line is that these kids are a great group to work with. Overall I was just really pleased with how we wrestled tonight."
On Saturday, the Knights' Shaffer and Silvers each went 5-0 on the day and Nicosin, Hall, Mikesell and See each went 4-1 for Northview and Bell was 3-2 overall.
"Overall, Larry Shaffer had a great Westfield Tournament, to go 5-0 at that tournament is hard to do let alone to do it as a freshman," Mikesell said. "He's just a workhorse, he works hard in practice and listens well and has good kinetic intelligence and he can pick up on moves quickly and I think I've got a real diamond in the rough with him especially if he keeps working at it."
Northview 58, Owen Valley 9
* - Owen Valley lost one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct
103 -- Caleb Nicosin (Nv) wins by fall over Ben Myers (OV), 0:36
112 -- Skyler Hall (Nv) wins by fall over Kaelan Shouse (OV), 2:58
119 -- Austin Bell (Nv) wins by fall over Katie Price (OV), 0:21
125 -- Double forfeit
130 -- Jack Petry (OV) wins by maj. dec. over Austin Sciotto (Nv), 9-1
135 -- Luke Pingleton (Nv) wins by fall over Kyle Jackson (OV), 1:59
140 -- Zach Mishler (Nv) wins by dec. over Cory Poland (OV), 13-10
145 -- Dan Mikesell (Nv) wins by fall over Jacob Morley (OV), 1:50
152 -- Larry Shaffer (Nv) wins by dec. over Evan White (OV), 8-3
160 -- Brady Silvers (Nv) wins by fall over Daniel Newforth (OV), 1:00
171 -- Nathan Duregger (Nv) wins by maj. dec. over Dillon McGraw (OV), 9-0
189 -- Chase Behrman (OV) wins by fall over Brandon Pleake (Nv)
215 -- Aaron See (Nv) wins by fall over Michael Hill (OV), 3:43
285 -- Beau Judd (Nv) wins by fall over Brent White (OV), 0:20
Next match: Northview competes in the Northview Invitational on Saturday at 9 a.m.
103 -- Caleb Nicosin, 4-1
112 -- Skyler Hall, 4-1
119 -- Austin Bell, 3-2
125 -- FF
130 -- FF
135 -- Pat Durcholz, 1-2
140/145 -- Brandon Mikesell, 4-1
140/145 -- Zach Mishler, 0-5
152 -- Larry Shaffer, 5-0
160 -- Brady Silvers, 5-0
171 -- Nathan Duregger, 2-3
189 -- Jesse Miller, 2-3
215 -- Aaron See, 4-1
285 -- Beau Judd, 1-4