Times Sports Editor
WEST TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview wrestling team got a measure of revenge Wednesday night against a West Vigo squad that defeated the Knights on their home mat during the Northview Invitational a month ago.
The Vikings scored a narrow 37-34 victory in a dual match during the Knights invite on Dec. 12, but in the rematch it was Northview that dealt the final blows to spoil West Vigo's Senior Night with a 47-23 victory.
"It was a good win, good to redeem ourselves and mainly redeem me because I had the screw-up, moving a guy around and shouldn't have," coach Dan Mikesell said of the invitational. "The bottom line is we had a couple of guys back in the lineup, but we're still missing a guy, these guys just keep finding a way to do it and somebody picks it up."
The key to the Knights win in the Green Dome could have been a quick start sparked by heavyweight Beau Judd, who reversed a loss to the Vikings' Nick Brownfield at the invitational. Judd took advantage of his shot at redemption, posting a 4-0 victory to open the match and the Knights didn't look back.
Caleb Nicoson followed at 103 pounds by putting Gage Lynch on his back in just 1:26 to take a 9-0 team lead and a forfeit at 112 extended the Knights' advantage to 15-0.
That early rush by the Knights was key in Northview's early run to the team victory according to Mikesell.
"(The match) started about the perfect spot for us and I really wanted Beau to beat that kid," Mikesell said. "With (Judd) beating him, we got on a roll and you could see that it kind of took the wind out of (West Vigo's) sails. Even though it's an individual sport, when your team is getting thumped it has an affect on you."
West Vigo's Levi Edwards was able to stave off a strong effort by Northview's Austin Bell at 119 pounds, winning 7-2 to get the Vikings on the board.
Austin Sciotto wasn't on the mat against the Vikings the last time around, but his match against Chris Waller at 125 pounds was pivotal. The Northview junior took a 6-1 lead early in the second period and built that gap to 8-2 before a takedown by Waller got the Vikings within 8-4 heading into the final period.
Sciotto didn't waver in the last two minutes, scoring a takedown for a 10-4 lead and with time winding down, he put Waller on his back for the pin with just seven seconds left in the match for six team points.
Sciotto's win bumped the team lead to 21-3 and after Nick Kellams got a pin at 130 pounds for the Vikings, but the Knights scored a major decision, 19-8, at 135 pounds by Luke Pingleton.
The victory gave Northview a cushion of 25-9 and though the teams split decisions over the next six weight classes, the Vikings got no closer than 31-20 after Ryan Roach's fal at 152 pounds.
Brandon Mikesell returned to the lineup and gave the Knights six team points while making short work of Shane Huffman at 145 pounds, pinning the Viking in 31 seconds.
Larry Shaffer won with a pin in 21 seconds at 160 pounds.
After Ben Bird won a 3-1 decision over Nathan Duregger of the Knights at 171 pounds, Brandon Pleake reversed a loss to Blake Ray at the invitational.
Pleake lost by fall to Ray, but piled up the points in the rematch on the way to a 20-10 victory, which Mikesell recognized as another important bout for his squad.
"I think Austin Sciotto, Brandon Pleake and Beau Judd really did a nice job," Mikesell said. "Sciotto didn't wrestle the last time against these guys, Pleake got pinned and Judd lost to his kid. So those were huge wins in my opinion."
Aaron See put the finishing touches on the dual match win by pinning Ryan Childers with nine seconds remaining in the 215-pound match.
After the victory, Mikesell was happy to see how his team finished matches while leading up to the Sullivan Winter Duals this weekend.
"We made a few mistakes here and there, but nothing that we can't correct in the next few days," Mikesell said. "The thing I was most proud of tonight, I really think we hustled a lot. We finished periods and scored on the edge of the mat and at the end of matches and we've been talking about that and they really pursued that tonight."
At West Vigo
Northview 47, West Vigo 23
103 -- Caleb Nicoson (Nv) wins by fall over Gage Lynch (WV), 1:26
112 -- Skyler Hall (Nv) wins by forfeit
119 -- Levi Edwards (WV) wins by dec. over Austin Bell (Nv), 7-2
125 -- Austin Sciotto (Nv) wins by fall over Chris Waller (WV), 5:53
130 -- Nick Kellams (WV) wins by fall over Zach Mishler (Nv), 2:38
135 -- Luke Pingleton (Nv) wins by maj. dec. over Jacob Creasey (WV), 19-8
140 -- Dyman Lewellyn (WV) wins by tech. fall over Pat Durcholz (Nv), 19-3
145 -- Bradon Mikesell (Nv) wins by fall over Shane Huffman (WV), 0:31
152 -- Ryan Roach (WV) wins by fall over Baylor Girton (Nv), 2:18
160 -- Larry Shaffer (Nv) wins by fall over Shane Livingston (WV), 0:21
171 -- Ben Bird (WV) wins by dec. over Nathan Duregger (Nv), 3-1
189 -- Brandon Pleake (Nv) wins by maj. dec. over Blake Ray (WV), 20-10
215 -- Aaron See (Nv) wins by fall over Ryan Childers (WV), 5:51
285 -- Beau Judd (Nv) wins by dec. over Nick Brownfield (WV), 4-0
Next match: Northview travels to the Sullivan Duals on Saturday.