Times Sports Editor
On senior night, coach Dan Mikesell made the decision to mix up his lineup a bit to get some better match-ups and to counter absences due to a flu bug that has been going around school. However, it might have been one of his seniors' decisions that had one of the most critical effects in a narrow 33-27 Knights' win on Wednesday night.
Edgweood didn't have a wrestler at Nicosin's normal 106-pound weight class, but the Knights' senior made the switch to wrestler a bigger Mustang wrestlers at 113 pounds and came up with a key victory for Northview in a close match.
"The difference in the match was Caleb Nicosin's willingness to bump up to wrestle (Edgewood's) toughest kid," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said. "That was their best kid on the team, (Nicosin) wasn't hesitant at all. When you want to win a tight match like that, he wanted to wrestle rather than win by forfeit on senior night. He wrestled really well. He's a very tough kid and I thought it was the best match he's wrestled maybe in two years to be honest."
The win propelled the Knights out to a sizable 27-6 lead before the Mustangs rallied back to 27-12 with a fall at 120. However, Northview's Trance Kelley wrestled out to a big lead at 11-0 early in the second period at 126 pounds before finishing off a 12-5 against Dillon Deckard of Edgewood. Jackson Copper followed by scoring a comfortable 10-3 win at 132 pounds to push the Knights' lead to 33-12.
The Mustangs came back to get a 6-0 decision by Cody Cowden at 138 and a forfeit (145) and pin at 152 to narrow the gap to the final margin as both teams forfeited the final weight class.
The third took an unfortunate turn as Girton's lead grew to 17-10 before he got caught and pinned with 14 seconds left in the match.
Junior 182-pounder Devin Gullett followed it up with a big win, leading 7-1 after earning back points at the end of the first period. He would go on to earn a 9-3 victory after a scoreless third period.
"We got pins by Devin Gullett. He's coming around. If he can practice consistently and get healthy and get over the flu. . . He's still very green, he lined up wrong a couple of times, but he's got some athleticism. I'm happy for Devin," Mikesell said.
Northview's upper weight classes dominated as both Jessie Miller (195) and Aaron See scored pins in the first period and Justin Sampson controlled his match at heavyweight before earning a 3-1 victory and an 18-6 team lead.
"Jessie (Miller) did what I knew he could do, Aaron did what he did and Justin (Sampson) wrestled a very smart match. You get those heavyweights that won't do very much, you've got to be patient and take your shots when you get them. He really outwrestled the kid the whole time. Justin's very happy winning 3-1 and I'm happy he did."
London Perdue picked up a forfeit at 106 pounds as the Knights went into Nicosin's match with a 24-6 lead.
After a hard fought win, Mikesell took a moment to reflect on what the seniors have meant to the program.
"The seniors as a group, the four that were here tonight, they've been around a long time. Aaron (See) has spent a lot of time with me wrestling in the spring and summer,' Mikesell said. "Brody and Baylor (Girton) have wrestled since middle school and it seems like Caleb has been wrestling since he was five years old. He's been in the club for awhile and wrestled in middle school. So it'll be sad to see those seniors go and Cole Watts mixed into that senior group. He came out for the first time this year, but he had the flu today like Baylor, which is why he didn't wrestle today."
The Knights are back on the mat Saturday for a trip to Jeffersonville for tournament action.
Northview 33, Edgewood 27
106: Londen Perdue (Nv) wins by forfeit
113: Caleb Nicosin (Nv) wins by dec. over Seth Clawson (EW), 4-3
120: Tyler Bryant (EW) wins by fall over Shane Ryan (Nv), 5:50
126: Trance Kelley (Nv) wins by dec. over Dillon Deckard (EW), 12-5
132: Jackson Copper (Nv) wins by dec. over Blake Edwards (EW), 10-3
138: Cody Bowden (EW) wins by dec. over Trey Boor (Nv), 6-0
145: Gabe Koontz (EW) wins by forfeit
152: Mike Houghton (EW) wins by fall over Connor Pierce (Nv), 1:53
160: Double forfeit
170: Damien Chambers (EW) wins by fall over Brody Girton (Nv), 5:36
182: Devin Gullett (Nv) wins by dec. over Brandon Fleener (EW), 9-3
195: Jessie Miller (Nv) wins by fall over Robbie Petry (EW), 0:42
220: Aaron See (Nv) wins by fall over Logan Staley (EW), 1:04
285: Justin Sampson (Nv) wins by dec. over Wes Dalton (EW), 3-1