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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Northview's Cale McCoy (top) placed fourth in Saturday's tourney. [Order this photo]
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JEFFERSONVILLE -- Northview bounced back from a difficult dual match loss to conference foe Edgewood during the middle of the week to perform well at the Jeff Classic over the weekend in Jeffersonville.

The wrestlers placed eighth as a team, crowned a champion in 285-pounder Justin Sampson and gained a third via Jesse Miller at 195 as well as putting eight wrestlers on the podium against tough competition in the 16-team field.

Sampson continued his rampage through the season with first period pins in his first two matches to advance to the semifinals against fifth-ranked Gavin Jolly-Little of Jeffersonville. In that match, Sampson scored a 7-2 decision to reach the finals against the top-seed, Paoli's CJ Andry.

Sampson would stand atop the podium after registering a 6-5 victory over Andry, the Jeffersonville Regional champion at 220 last season, and bump his season mark to 17-0.

"I thought Justin had an outstanding tournament. He wrestled very aggressive and smart," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said. "He was short changed by his number three seed and had to prove himself. He showed up with a great attitude and all his hard work is paying off. His offense was good enough to beat some high caliber competition."

Miller, coming off a loss at Edgewood, bounced back with perhaps his best work of the season in taking a third-place at 195 pounds.

Miller opened the day with a pin over Chase Thompson before knocking off Jennings County junior Chance Ahlbrand via 10-2 decision to set up a bout with No. 2 ranked Clayton Fiddler of Bloomington South, who placed sixth in the state finals in the 170-pound class last season.

The match was a re-match of the team's opening dual of the season, which resulted in a 4-3 victory by Fiddler. This time Fiddler was able to escape with a 4-2 win over Miller on the way to winning the title and improving to 16-0 this season.

Miller came right back in the lower bracket to defeat New Albany's Nick Lynch via pin and Jennings County's Chance Ahlbrand in a 2-1 match for third-place.

"Jesse bounced back nicely from his rough week. I think he wrestled hard and had a great match against Fiddler again," Mikesell said. "We are very close to beating highly ranked kids with Jesse its only a matter of time."

Northview junior Trey Boor (right)  battled his way to sixth overall in the Jeffersonville Classic on Saturday. [Order this photo]
Freshman Cale McCoy continued to impress during the early stages of his career as he battled to a fourth-place finish after dropping a second round match with Muncie Southside's No. 6 ranked Sage Coy and coming back for an 11-1 major decision and a pin. McCoy lost the third-place match to finish the day 4-2 and advance to 12-6 this season.

"Cale wrestled well out of the seventh-seed spot to earn fourth-place. The Coy kid from Muncie is the real deal so it was a tall order to beat someone of that maturity and skill level," Mikesell said. "Cale had a great come from behind win against Franklin County to earn a trip to the consolation finals. I was real happy with his hustle and effort."

Junior 145-pounder Trey Boor came through with a sixth-place finish in a long weekend of competition.

Boor lost his opener to the top-seed and was forced to battle through the consolation bracket where he won his next three matches via fall and eventually finished 3-3 in the tourney.

Mikesell was pleased in reviewing Boor's performance over the course of the tourney.

"Trey Boor continues to show steady improvements," the Knights' coach commented. "He is beating the wrestlers he should and is getting closer to moving up a level to beat regional and semi-state caliber kids. I was pleased with is mental toughness wrestling with stitches all weekend. He is a real pleasure to coach."

The Knights also got a podium finish from Levi Brown, who fought to a 3-2 mark and seventh in the 170-pound class. Placing eighth for the Knights were Jackson Copper at 138, Coan Williams at 152 and Mike Miller at 182.

"Overall as a team I was pretty satisfied with our results. All 12 wrestlers advanced to the second day of competition and are showing steady progress," Mikesell said. "We could be a tough tournament team by the end of the season."

The Knights are off until competing Dec. 28-29 in the Mooresville holiday Classic.

Jeffersonville Classic

Team Scores: Bloomington South 289, Jennings County 271.5, St. Xavier 182.5, Muncie Southside 141.5, Madison 139.5, Jeffersonville 134, South Dearborn 111, Northview 106, New Albany 105.5, Gibson Southern 93.5, Charlestown 86, Franklin County 79, New Washington 77.5, Paoli 56, Southwestern 33, Unattached 0

Northview records

106: Cale McCoy 4-2 (Fourth-place)

113: Forfeit

120: Shane Ryan 1-2

126: Stephen Gibson 1-2

138: Jackson Copper 2-3 (Eighth-place)

145: Trey Boor 3-3 (Sixth-place)

152: Coan Williams 2-3 (Eighth-place)

160: Forfeit

170: Levi Brown 3-2 (Seventh-place)

182: Mike Miller 2-3 (Eighth-place)

195: Jesse Miller 4-1 (Third-place)

220: Zach Williams 1-2

285: Justin Sampson 4-0 (Champion)