The Northview wrestling team wrapped up their annual Holiday competition at Mooresville January 28th with three wrestlers making it to the finals. "I was disappointed we didn't have any champions, but very pleased we got five kids to the semi-finals and then three into the finals," commented coach Dan Mikesell. Reaching the semi-finals for the Knights were Caleb Nicosin, Brody Girton, Jesse Miller, Aaron See and Justin Sampson. Miller and Sampson lost close matches and were put back into the consolation rounds, but Nicosin, See and Girton all advance to the finals of the prestigious 16 team tournament. "Caleb wrestled well and pinned his way to the finals. His finals match was much closer than the score indicated, he was right there to win, but just didn't quite get it done. But he wrestled to his seed so I was pretty content with his performance."
Girton wrestled his way into the finals by upsetting the number one seed Gabe Wilson from Jennings County, who was previously unbeaten. "Brody put together a nice string of wins to reach the finals. I think he took some kids by surprise since he was seeded eighth. He wrestled well in the finals, but just not enough left to get the championship. All in all he had a great tournament and I was proud of his efforts."
See reached the finals for the second tournament in a row and faced the same opponent, Ian Bass from Jennings County. This time Aaron got out to a 2-0 lead before falling 3-2. "That kid is just so strong we have a hard time scoring on him. He is ranked third in the state and both times we were right there with him so I know we are in the running in this weight class. We'll go back and look at more video to try and find a weakness that maybe we can exploit."
Justin Sampson and Jesse Miller also wrestled their way into the semi-finals but fell to quality opponents.
Sampson dropped a hard fought 4-3 decision to Adam Wolka of Seymour and Miller a tough 6-3 match to Austin Wilson of Jennings County. Both wrestlers wrestled back to get to the consolation championship but fell short of a third-place finish.
"Really a fourth-place finish in this tournament is a good stepping stone for both Justin and Jesse. Since they are both underclassmen they will have another shot to win this quality event."
Shane Ryan also advanced to day two of the classic and finished with a seventh-place effort. He defeated Eli Scherrer of Homestead for the placement 7-2. "Shane is coming around, he is down to the right weight class and is seeing some more success and hopefully can carry this momentum into the second half of the season."
As a team the Knights finished ninth, which was a little disappointing for the coach.
"We had a few guys that didn't wrestle as well as they could have, but to focus on the positive, getting three guys in the finals at a big tournament like this shows we have some higher caliber athletes on our team. We need to get ready for the second half of the season and have some of our younger guys start to grow up quick."
The wrestlers also competed in the Jeffersonville Holiday tournament on December 17th. Justin Sampson and Aaron See were runner-ups at this 17-team event.
See lost in the finals to Ian Bass of Jennings County 3-1. Sampson fell short of the title in overtime 2-1 to Nathan Wright of Evansville Mater Dei.
Caleb Nicosin finished with a fourth-place effort at 106, Miller locked up a fifth-place finish at 195, Ryan was sixth at 113 and Trance Kelley rounded out the Knights' place winners with an eighth-place. The team as a whole finished in eighth-place out of 17 teams.