NASHVILLE -- The Northview wrestling team got a confidence boosting day of competition in the Brown County Invitational on Saturday, stringing together five dual match victories to claim the tourney title. Four Knights went a perfect 5-0 on the day to power their team to the championship.
Northview gained wins over Indian Creek, Brown County, Greensburg, Oldenburg Academy and Indianapolis Arlington.
"Overall I thought it was nice to be in a tournament with teams that are our caliber right now," Mikesell commented. "We had to really wrestle some smart matches to go 5-0 as a team. Some of our guys figured out that even if they can't win a match it is really important to finish hard and save team points by not allowing their opponent to earn bonus points via falls and major decisions."
After missing the Mooresville Holiday Classic due to illness, 106-pounder Cale McCoy returned to the lineup and provided five victories for the Knights. He joined Trance Kelley (132), Jesse Miller (195) and Justin Sampson (285) in a perfect afternoon with five wins.
"It was nice having Cale back from his illness. He really looked good in his matches. Trance Kelly is such a hard worker it was very gratifying to see him have a perfect day," Mikesell said. "Jesse really came through for us in the Greensburg match. We were behind by two going into the last bout and Jesse earned the win over one of their best wrestlers."
Sampson was able to boost his season mark to 26-0 overall with Saturday's effort, but wasn't the only Knight to impress Mikesell with their performance.
"Sampson continues to impress me. He was very dominant over his opponents. I thought that Stephen Gibson showed some real heart in his match against Brown County. They collided heads early in the match and his eye nearly swelled shut, but he pushed through and won a one-point decision," Mikesell said. "Scotty McGuffin had a real nice opening match against Indian Creek and that ended up being the big difference in the match. Shane Ryan has been working to get down to 113 and did a real nice job all day going 3-2."
As the postseason approaches beginning with the WIC Tourney on Jan. 19, Mikesell sees his team rounding into shape at the correct time.
"It was really a team effort today, it would seem someone would have a bad match and then somebody else would pick up the slack," Mikesell noted. "I would still like to see us in a dual where everyone wrestles to their potential. Hopefully this gives us a confidence boost heading into the most important part of the season. I think at times we wrestled well, but I am still waiting for us to hit our peak."
The Knights will host West Vigo in their final home match of the regular season Wednesday night beginning at 6 p.m.
Brown County Invitational
Round One: Northview 42, Indian Creek 32
Round Two: Nothview 45, Brown County 30
Round Three: Northview 35, Greensburg 34
Round Four: Northview 66, Oldenburg Academy 10
Round Five: Northview 66, Indianapolis Arlington 12