Times Sports Editor
MOORESVILLE -- The Northview wrestling program made its annual trip to the prestigious Mooresville Holiday Classic this week and continued its maturation process with a seventh-place team finish out of the 16-team field.
The Knights also had four wrestlers finish fourth or better in the tourney with both Luke Pingleton (135) and Beau Judd (285) claiming victories in the medal round to earn a third-place finish.
Caleb Nicosin (103) and Austin Bell (119) both took fourth-place for the Knights.
Despite still fielding a lineup that is forfeiting one class (125) and has a total of six freshmen or sophomore competitors, coach Dan Mikesell sees the growth that his team enjoyed over the two-day tourney.
Pingleton, certainly the Knights most experienced and accomplished wrestler, fell a bit short of the pre-tourney goals after losing a narrow 5-4 decision to Chris Oaks of Brownsburg in the semifinal. In other matches however, Pingleton rolled past the competition with falls in his first two matches and a major decision to advance to the third-place match where the Knights' senior beat Bloomington North's Adam Joraanstad a second time. Pingleton's 21-8 major decision followed a second round pin over the Cougars senior.
"I was a little disappointed that Luke (Pingleton) got upset in his semifinal match, but he bounced back and wrestled real well later in the afternoon to get third," Mikesell said. "And really, third-place in this tournament is nothing to be ashamed of, but I would have liked to see him wrestle the Yorktown kid to see where we're at.
"It was a tough one, we had a takedown and a nearfall and we didn't get the call, but (Pingleton) was also down 5-4 and on the bottom and couldn't get away," Mikesell added regarding the narrow loss.
Yorktown's Andrew Hiestand went on to win the title over Oaks via fall in 35 seconds to improve to 21-0 this season.
Judd was a fourth-place finisher, winning his first match via fall before losing in the second round. Judd bounced back to score a 3-1 decision over James Caum of Jennings County to reach fourth.
In addition to Judd, Nicosin was also fourth, winning his first match before a 5-0 loss in round two. He responded by winning his next two matches before a third-place match loss to Homestead's Andrew Bowman.
At 119 pounds, Bell also claimed a fourth-place after he won his first match and then dropped his second round test against eventual champion and seventh-ranked Seve Duncan of Beech Grove. Bell wasn't fazed because he came back to post a win over Dakota Bain of Mooresville to reach the third-place match.
"I know Beau Judd beat a kid he lost to last year and Aaron See beat a kid he lost to previously and I'm pretty sure Austin Bell beat a kid he'd lost to before," Mikesell said. "If a younger kid placed in this tournament it's certainly nothing to be ashamed of, it's a pretty prestigious tournament and they've added some teams that are pretty high caliber. It's a good measuring stick and it'll show us some things we need to work on, but I'm pretty happy with our progress."
Brady Silvers scored a major decision victory against Yorktown's Andie Higgins to pick up a fifth-place finish for the Knights, which pleased Mikesell after he had lost a narrow 6-4 loss to eventual runner-up, Andrew Gibson of Mooresville.
"Brady bounced back and wrestled real well. He ran into some tough competition and he's wrestling pretty steady and we'll get him better on his feet and we look forward to winning conference," Mikesell said.
The Knights got sixth-place finishes from Skyler Hall at 112, Larry Shaffer at 152, and Aaron See at 215 with Brandon Pleake scoring a pin in his final match to pick up seventh-place.
The Knights are back in action next weekend when they travel to the Columbus East Six-Way Tourney.
Mooresville Holiday Classic
Team Scores: Yorktown 284.5, Castle 243.5, Mooresville 156, Jennings County 146, Homestead 145, Brownsburg 122, Northview 121, Beech Grove 118, Bloomington North 91, Madison 83, Charlestown 74, Plainfield 73.5, Evansville Central 68.5, Whiteland 63, Monrovia 40, Seymour 32
103 -- Clint Schmith (BG) wins over Brock Bevans (York), 3-2; Andrew Bowman (Home) wins by fall over Caleb Nicosin (Nview), 4:23
112 -- Luke Welch (Castle) wins by dec. over Jake Swigert (Moore), 1-0; Robby Taylor (Mad) wins by maj. dec. over Schuyler Phillips (York), 9-1
119 -- Seve Duncan (BG) wins by dec. over Andy Franklin (Home), 5-3; Jake Anderson wins by fall over Austin Bell (Nview), 2:45
125 -- Derek Bevans (York) wins by fall over Michael Brown (Castle), 2:55; Riley McClurg (BG) wins by dec. over Keelan Rushing, 4-3
130 -- Devon Jackson (York) wins by fall over Shawn Miracle (BN), 1:00; Nick Roberts (BG) wins by dec. over Jordan Mann (Castle), 7-2
135 -- Andrew Hiestand (York) wins by fall over Chris Oaks (Brown), 0:35; Luke Pingleton (Nview) wins by maj. dec. over Adam Joraanstad (BN), 21-8
140 -- Zach Adams (Mad) wins by dec. over Austin Chamberlain (EVC), 6-3; Trevor Doud (Castle) wins by fall over Cory Suddeth (CHA), 2:40
145 -- Doug Welch (Castle) wins by dec. over Cody Harper (York), 8-1; Taylor Newcomb (CHA) wins by maj. dec. over Dalton Clements (Mon), 16-8
152 -- Chad Welch (Castle) wins by fall over Dustin Parrish (Plain), 4:24; Brock Wathen (JC) wins by fall over Caleb Smith (York), 0:14
160 -- Cory Weikel (Castle) wins by dec. over Andrew Gibson (Mor), 4-2; Justin Baldwin (JC) wins by fall over Jacob Hall (CHA), 1:56
171 -- Garrett Goldman (BN) wins by dec. over Trent Castner (York), 8-6; Dalton Young (Mad) wins by dec. over Cory Kopitzke (JC), 4-2 OT
189 -- Alex Rosebrock (Castle) wins by dec. over Todd Hacker (Mor), 11-5; Iyan Bass (JC) wins by dec. over Grant Brown (York), 3-0
215 -- Evan Woodign (Mor) wins by dec. over Brad Mills (Home), 4-3; Mark Collett (JC) wins by dec. over Travis Daugherty (Castle), 6-1
285 -- Ross Janney (York) wins by dec. over Tyler Daughterty (Castle), 5-3; Zack Vandeman (White) wins by fall over Beau Judd (Nview), 2:40