Times Sports Editor
ELLETTSVILLE -- The Northview Knights got a first look Wednesday evening at an Edgewood wrestling team that is hoping to contend for a conference championship in January.
The final score might have been different if Northview would have claimed a couple of matches that ultimately went in favor of the Mustangs, which concerned the Knights' head coach.
"We just made some silly fundamental mistakes. We let them beat us by wrist control on top and on our feet. That was the difference," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said. "We had a match that we were ahead and we made a silly match strategy mistake and got thrown to our back and then we had a match that we should win that I'm not sure what's going on there. We just need to get it figured out."
The evening started off well for the Knights as 120-pounder Shane Ryan turned a 2-0 deficit after the opening period into a 7-4 victory against Grayson Reinhold.
Edgewood won by fall at 126 pounds to grab an early 6-3 lead as a team, but the Knights' Trance Kelly looked to be in good position for a decision in the next bout at 132. Kelly led 6-3 in the third period and was holding a one-point lead after Dillon Deckard got a late take down. However, Deckard was able to put Kelly on his back and gain six team points with a pin with just 25 seconds left in the match.
The lead began to snowball for Edgewood, which got a forfeit at 145 and then Blake Edwards held off a late take down attempt by the Knights' Coan Williams to earn a 3-2 decision and open up a 21-6 lead.
Edgewood added to its lead with a win by fall at 160 before Northview's Levi Brown pulled off a nice win at 170 pounds.
Brown turned a 1-1 match in the third period into six points for his squad as he pinned Wyatt Chaudion at the 4:17 mark.
"That was good for Levi (Brown). We've been putting some pressure on Levi to win some matches and he came through tonight," Mikesell said of his 170-pounder. "He did some things that we've been working on him with and that (win) was really nice for Levi to put some things he's been working on in practice to use in the match. We need more guys to do that. We're a good practice team, it's a good, hard working group. We just have to learn to compete and put it out there when it's on the line."
The Knights weren't able to build on that momentum though as Edgewood got a pin at 182 and at 195 as the Mustangs got a surprising pin by Ben Patton over Jesse Miller to boost the lead to 39-12
Northview closed the gap to 39-24 with a forfeit win at 220 and a pin by Justin Sampson over Logan Staley at 285, but the final two matches were forfeits, one for each squad, to seal the Edgewood victory.
Afterwards, Mikesell was pleased with the efforts of several of his winning wrestlers.
"That was a good win for Shane (Ryan) as well. It's a conference win for him and puts him in line to maybe get a good seed for conference," Mikesell said. "We're real happy with his performance. He gutted it out and I thought his conditioning was good and I think we out conditioned them in that match. Jackson's (Copper) conditioning has come along and it was a good win for him.
"I thought (Justin) Sampson came out aggressive and took care of business the way he was supposed to," Mikesell addd of his unbeaten heavyweight. "That was a nice match for him."
In junior varsity action, Scotty McGuffin was a winner for the Knights.
Northview travels to Jeffersonville on Saturday for tourney action.
Edgewood 45, Northview 30
120: Shane Ryan (Nv) wins by dec. over Grayson Reinhold (EW), 7-4
126: Jacob Walden (EW) wins by fall over Stephen Gibson (Nv), 4:37
132: Dillon Deckard (EW) wins by fall over Trance Kelly (Nv), 5:35
145: Cody Cowden (EW) wins by forfeit
152: Blake Edwards (EW) wins by dec. over Coan Willians (Nv), 3-2
160: Gabe Koontz (EW) wins by fall over Anthony Mills (Nv), 1:32
170: Levi Brown (Nv) wins by fall over Wyatt Chaudion (EW), 4:17
182: Damian Chambers (EW) wins by fall Michael Miller (Nv), 1:19
195: Ben Patton (EW) wins by fall over Jesse Miller (Nv), 3:37
220: Zach Williams (Nv) wins by forfeit
285: Justin Sampson (Nv) wins by fall over Logan Staley (EW), 1:42
106: Cale McCoy (Nv) wins by forfeit
113: Seth Clawson (EW) wins by forfeit