Times Sports Editor
There were a lot of new faces on the mat when Northview hosted Owen Valley for a dual wrestling match on Wednesday night. The Patriots had just two returning wrestlers from last year's match while the Knights returned seven.
Ultimately, Northview's extra experience and an ability to fill all of the weight classes led to a dominating win over the Patriots, 72-12.
Northview claimed forfeit wins at five different spots in the lineup, which left just nine classes to be contested and the Knights gained some valuable confidence at many of those spots.
Caleb Nicosin, Jackson Copper, Trey Boor, Baylor and Brody Girton, Devin Gullett and Aaron See all scored wins via fall and none of the matches lasted a full two periods.
Afterwards, coach Dan Mikesell was happy to get some of his younger competitors a solid victory.
"Some of our younger guys did what we've been working on in practice. (Owen Valley) is a young team too," Mikesell said. "So it was kind of young versus young. So we've got to understand we didn't beat a state caliber team, but we'll take the wins when we can get them after last Saturday."
Mikesell was referring to a difficult test at the Westfield Duals Meet that saw the Knights fall in four of five dual matches.
Cole Watts scored a reversal to tie his match at 145 pounds and put his opponent, Dillon Knapp on his back to take a 7-3 lead, but ultimately fell via fall in 3:20. Levi Brown suffered much the same fate at 170 pounds against Ethan Yates. Brown led early before falling by pin in the second round.
"A lot of guys wrestled pretty well. I still think that the guys that lost wrestled pretty well. Cole Watts and Levi (Brown) did some good things," Mikesell said. "I'm real proud of Trey Boor because he has been working really hard. So it's a good, good win for him to break into that column and figure out that he can win.
"I know Levi got the first takedown against his kid and that kid has been wrestling for a long time. I saw him wrestling all spring. So he had probably a 100 more matches than Levi," Mikesell added. "He made some rookie mistakes, but we'll get them fixed. Levi's got a lot of promise I think. Cole Watts, same thing, he basically had his kid (pinned), but he kind of flipped off his back. Cole's wrestling out of his weight class, he only weighs about 135."
Boor was able to make short work of his opponent, leading 2-0 seconds into the match before pinning Dillon Daniel at the 1:42 mark of the first period.
In the center of the lineup, Baylor and Brody Girton each claimed quick pins as Brody pinned just 29 seconds into his bout and Baylor put Nathan Logsdon on his back 1:24 into round one.
"(Baylor and Brodie) Girton came through in the middle of the lineup like they are supposed to and they had two of (Owen Valley's) tougher kids," Mikesell said. "Levi (Brown), I think wrestled probably their best kid. Jackson Copper came through with a nice pin."
Copper, a freshman at 132 pounds scored a pin in 1:15 over Jonathan Temples and Devin Gullett followed with a pin at 182 pounds to push the lead to 54-12. The Knights got forfeits at 195 and 285 with Aaron See drilling Sean Huss via fall in just 55 seconds.
The evening started off with Caleb Nicosin scoring a pin in 1:14 at 106 pounds and the Knights recorded forfeit wins at the next three weight classes.
The victory propels the Knights into its home invitational beginning on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
"We had a really good crowd, which was nice and gives them a good sense of what we're accomplishing in the (practice) room," Mikesell said.
Northview 72, Owen Valley 12
106: Caleb Nicosin (Nv) wins by pin over Isaac Miller (OV), 1:14
113: Londen Purdue (Nv) wins by forfeit
120: Shane Ryan (Nv) wins by forfeit
126: Trance Kelley (Nv) wins by forfeit
132: Jackson Copper (Nv) wins by fall over Jonathan Temples (OV), 1:15
145: Dillon Knapp (OV) wins by fall over Cole Watts (Nv), 3:20
152: Baylor Girton (Nv) wins by fall over Nathan Logsdon (OV), 1:24
160: Brody Girton (Nv) wins by fall over Jacob Morley (OV), 0:29
170: Ethan Yates (OV) wins by fall over Levi Brown (Nv), 3:35
182: Devin Gullett (Nv) wins by fall over Morley (OV), 0:58
195: Jessie Miller (Nv) wins by forfeit
220: Aaron See (Nv) wins by fall over Sean Huss (OV), 0:55
285: Justin Sampson (Nv) wins by forfeit