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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Jessie Miller cranks his hold tighter in his victory against a Plainfield opponent on Saturday afternoon. [Order this photo]
BY STEVE FIELDS

For the Brazil Times

Aaron See had a lot of things going through his head Saturday afternoon as he posed with Terre Haute South's Tsali Lough as co-MVP of the Northview High School Corporal Gregory Stultz Memorial Invitational.

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Northview assistant coach Zach Stultz (center) presents Most Outstanding Wrestler Awards to Terre Haute South's Tsali Lough and Northview's Aaron See. [Order this photo]
See was thinking about all the summer work with Northview wrestling coach Dan Mikesell; about the friend standing beside him and about the United State Marine and former Northview wrestler for whom the tournament was named. Stultz, a 2006 Northview graduate, was killed in Afghanistan in February of 2010.

"(Greg Stultz) was a really good wrestler. He started out like I did. He didn't start out (wrestling) as young as he should have and he wrestled hard. He had the same attitude I feel like I have toward (the sport). Hard work and effort will beat skill any day, I feel," See said.

The hard work last summer has See off to a 12-0 start in the high school wrestling season. He pinned five opponents on Saturday while winning the 220-pound class championship, but was surprised to be co-MVP.

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The Knights' Brody Girton (below, right) presses his opponent's shoulders to the match for a pin. [Order this photo]
"I was really shocked. I didn't think I would get it because Tsali (Lough) is a really good wrestler. Actually we're pretty close friends. Tying with Tsali is more than an honor because Tsali is a great wrestler," See said.

See won all of his matches by pin and all of them could have been won in less than a minute if coach Mikesell had let him. After slamming Terre Haute North's Ethan Edington to the floor and getting on top, See looked right at Mikesell and the coach shook his head no.

"Aaron really wrestled well today. He put some things together. He looked good on his feet, was pretty tough on top and gets his escapes when he needs them, so I was very pleased with him," Mikesell said.

"He could make a quick day of it if he needed to. Hopefully down the road we have a lot tougher competition that we've got to be able to go six minutes, so we've got to be prepared for that."

Mikesell was happy with nearly all of the Knights after going 3-2 in the tournament. Martinsville won the tourney with a 5-0 record, followed by Terre Haute South 4-1, Northview 3-2, South Vermillion 2-3, Plainfield 1-4 and Terre Haute South 0-5.

"I thought we got better as the day went on. We started doing a lot of stuff (better). We started listening a little better and guys started trying to execute some technique and as the day progressed I definitely saw some improvement." Mikesell said.

"I was very pleased to go 3-2. You obviously want to win it but ..."

Northview's Caleb Nicosin won the 106-pound weight class with a 5-0 record.

Among Nicosin's wins was a pin over Western Indiana Conference rival Tanner Bishop of South Vermillion in 4:33 and won by decision over Terre Haute North's J.J. Lowe.

"Nicosin wrestled extremely well. He went 5-0 as well. He had two major (decisions) and two falls and a forfeit. So I'm very, very pleased with him. It was one of his goals coming into this season was to be able to win this tournament, so I'm very happy he could do it," Mikesell said.

Jesse Miller and Justin Sampson didn't win their weight classes, but both posted 4-1 records.

Among Miller's four wins was a 9-1 decision over conference rival Brandon Nickle of South Vermillion and a pin in 1:14 over Terre Haute North's Zach Schmidt.

In the 285-pound (heavyweight) class, Sampson proved he could go the distance, scoring a 10-1 decision over Terre Haute North's Andrew Lando and pinned South Vermillion's Gavin Clark in 1:27.

"I can't say it's a total surprise, but I thought my heavyweight Justin Sampson wrestled really well. His only match he lost was to Kaden Suter (of Martinsville ) and he wrestled him tough. He went six minutes with him and gave him a good match. I was just real pleased with Justin's effort," Mikesell said.

Now Northview will prepare for the Jeffersonville Invitational next weekend.

Team score

Terre Haute South 46, Northview 25

Martinsville 56, Plainfield 13

South Vermillion 42, Terre Haute North 33

Martinsville 53, Northview 21

South Vermillion 39, Plainfield 38

Terre Haute South 48, Terre Haute North 19

Northview 46, South Vermillion 33

Plainfield 42, Terre Haute North 33

Martinsville 51, Terre Haute South 23

Northview 52, Terre Haute North 21

Terre Haute South 66, Plainfield 15

Martinsville 58, South Vermillion 18

Northview 57, Plainfield 22

Terre Haute South 49, South Vermillion 24

Martinsville 53, Terre Haute North 18

Champions

106 -- Caleb Nicosin, Northview, 5-0.

113 -- Tyler Hickey, Martinsville .

120 -- Eric Elia, Terre Haute North, 5-0.

126 -- Corin McKee, Plainfield .

132 -- Ben Macri, Plainfield .

138 -- John Harrison, Martinsville .

145 -- Alex Thomas, South Vermillion 5-0.

152 -- Baylor Girton, Northview, 4-1.

160 -- Tsali Lough, Terre Haute South, 5-0.

170 -- Jacob Underwood, Martinsville .

182 -- Alex Foltz, South Vermillion, 5-0.

195 -- Zack Horstman, Terre Haute South, 5-0.

220 -- Aaron See, Northview, 5-0.

285 -- Kaden Suter, Martinsville .

Northview Wrestlers

106 -- Calob Nicosin 5-0.

113 -- Londen Perdue 2-3.

120 -- Trance Kelley 2-3.

126 -- Shane Ryan (0-5).

132 -- Jackson Copper 1-4.

138 -- Cole Watts 1-3; Connor Pierce 0-1.

145 -- Trey Boor 2-3.

152 -- Baylor Girton 5-0.

160 -- Brody Girton 4-1.

170 -- Levi Brown 0-4.

182 -- Devin Gullett 3-2.

195 -- Jesse Miller 4-1.

220 -- Aaron See 5-0.

285 -- Justin Sampson 4-1.