Forfeiting 18 points to teams like Plainfield, Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South, plus Western Indiana Conference rivals West Vigo and South Vermillion is now the way to win a championship.
But the Knights did it.
Led by champions Caleb Nicosin, Skyler Hall, Luke Pingleton and Larry Schaffer, Northview won the tourney title with a 4-1 tally.
"Coming in with three forfeits and winning was amazing. We had 11 guys and they all put their best foot forward and (gave) a lot of heart and a lot of effort," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said.
Northview forfeited at 125, 140 and 145 pounds in every match, but beat Terre Haute South, 44-34, South Vermillion, 55-24, Terre Haute North, 40-36, and routed Plainfield, 45-26, in the showdown match.
West Vigo was the only team to beat Northview, 37-34, in the second round.
"We got a good match-up against Plainfield and a bad match-up against West Vigo. We hit kind of a slump against West Vigo earlier today and lost a couple of (matches) we could have won, but I'm pretty pleased," Mikesell said.
The tournament title came down to one match. Plainfield was 4-0 and dominant in wins over North, South, West Vigo and South Vermillion. Northview was 2-1 and had to win to take the title -- and the Knights were giving points.
It was never that close. Northview's 45-26 win over Plainfield was almost shocking. Eighteen of Plainfield's points came from Northview's forfeits. The Knights outscored the Quakers, 45-8, on the mat.
Schaffer and Nathan Duregger earned one-point decisions and Brandon Pleake (3-2) and Aaron See (4-1) earned back-to-back pins. Beau Judd (3-2) followed with a decision that put Northview ahead 21-3 after six bouts.
"I was surprised. We just matched up with them real well. We had some guys who came through real well in the meet against Plainfield," Mikesell said.
Northview's Nicosin and Pingleton posted 5-0 records in their respective weight classes.
Nicosin pinned West Vigo's Gage Lynch 37 seconds into the 103-pound match. The Northview sophomore took down South Vermillion's Troy Price in 1:18 and finished off North's Josh Dadson in 1:01.
Pingleton's win at 130 was more than a little surprising. Due to an illness, he just started wrestling on Wednesday.
"He missed the Westfield Tournament and the meet against Bloomington South, so it's good to have him back in the lineup," Mikesell said.
Pingleton, a senior, pinned West Vigo's Nick Kellam at 3:57, South Vermillion's John Gross at 2:41 and scored a major decision over North's Jedd Page.
"(Pingleton) is wrestling real well. I thought Caleb Nicosin wrestled real well at 103. Skyler Hall and Austin Bell did a nice job for us at those lower weights. Brady Silvers lost to (Plainfield's Dustin) Parrish, who is a quality opponent, but other than that, he's wrestling real well," Mikesell said.
Hall took the 112-pound class. Wrestling up a class against West Vigo, he scored a major decision over Levi Edwards. Returning to 112 pounds, Hall pinned South Vermillion's Spence Bishop in 3:56 and earned one of the fastest pins of the afternoon against North's Garrett John in 28 seconds.
Schaffer won the 152-pound class with a 4-1 record. He earned a decision over South Vermillion and scored a decision over North.
"Larry Schaffer wrestled really well, especially for a freshman. He went 5-0 at Westfield and now he's won this tournament. He lost to (Ryan Roach of West Vigo), which was really the difference in that match, but he bounced back (to win against South Vermillion and North)," Mikesell said.
Northview's Silvers was 4-1 on the day at 160 pounds.
"(Silvers) actually wrestled a really good match against Parrish, he just came up a little bit short," Mikesell said.
Northview's See became part of what should be an interesting 215-pound class in the WIC Tournament. See posted a 4-1 record on the day, pinning conference rival Dustin Montgomery of West Vigo in 4:48 and South Vermillion's Austin Russell in 50 seconds. He also pinned Plainfield's Sean Loughlin at 1:51.
Beau Judd drew praise from Mikesell for his 3-2 ay at 285 pounds.
"I thought my heavyweight wrestled well. Beau wrestled real well today," Mikesell said.
The 4-1 performance squared Northview's record to 6-6.
Northview Wrestling Invitational
Northview 44, Terre Haute South 34
Plainfield 47, West Vigo 29
Terre Haute North 46, South Vermillion 37
West Vigo 37, Northview 34,
Plainfield 52, South Vermillion 24
Terre Haute South 40, Terre Haute North 27
Northview 55, South Vermillion 24
Plainfield 48, Terre Haute North 33
Terre Haute South 48, West Vigo 24
Northview 40, Terre Haute North 36
Plainfield 48, Terre Haute South 25
West Vigo 39, South Vermillion 38
Northview 45, Plainfield 26
Terre Haute South 48, South Vermillion 33
Terre Haute North 60, West Vigo 21
103 - Caleb Nicosin, Northview, 5-0
112 - Skyler Hall, Northview, 4-1
119 - Dakota Case, Terre Haute South, 5-0
125 - Dalton Millikan, South Vermillion, 5-0
130 - Kalob Heald, Plainfield
135 - Luke Pingleton, Northview, 5-0
140 - Jordan Jensen, Terre Haute South, 5-0
145 - P.J. Montgomery, Terre Haute South, 5-0
152 - Larry Schaffer, Northview 4-1
160 - Dustin Parrish, Plainfield
171 - Ben Bird, West Vigo, 4-1
189 - Doug Collett, Terre Haute North, 4-1
215 - David Knight, Terre Haute North, 5-0
285 - Trent Wallace, South Vermillion, 4-1
Tournament MVP - P.J. Montgomery, Terre Haute South
Most Takedowns - Luke Pingleton, Northview, and Kalob Heald, Plainfield, 21.
Northview (4-1) - 103: Caleb Nicosin 5-0; 112: Skyler Hall 4-1; 119: Austin
Bell 4-1; 130: Luke Pingleton 5-0; 135: Zach Mishler 1-4; 152: Larry
Schaffer 4-1; 160: Brady Silvers 4-1; 171: Nathan Duregger 3-2; 189: Brandon Pleake 3-2; 215: Aaron See 4-1; 285: Beau Judd.
135: John Gross 1-4; 140: Alex Thomas 2-3; 145: Andrew Brown 1-4; 152: Ross Hoggatt 4-1; 160: Robert Kelly 0-5; 171: Michael Noval 0-5; 189: Lucas
Kelsheimer 2-3; 215: Austin Russell 0-5; 285: Trent Wallace 4-1.