Times Sports Editor
The Northview Knights will be sending five wrestlers on to regional competition Saturday at Bloomington South led by senior Justin Sampson, who repeated as the 285-pound sectional champion on his home mat. As expected, the Panthers claimed their fifth consecutive team championship paced by seven individual champions at Northview High School. The Knights were third in the team scoring with Terre Haute South taking the second spot in the 10-team field.
Sampson took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the second period and then continued to build upon his advantage as he claimed near fall points late in the period before eventually claiming a dominating 8-1 win over Dajani to improve to 37-0 this season.
"Justin is capping off a good year. We've got three weeks to go. We're going to show up at the regional and I think surprise some people," Northview coach Dan Mikesell said. "I don't think anyone is giving him any credit because the (Ethan) Schwoeppe kid is good. I'll put Justin up against anybody and we'll see where the chips land. I know he'll work hard this week in practice to get ready."
McCoy faced Bloomington South's Griffin Schermer in the title bout and lost an 11-4 decision to the Panther, but will move on to regional competition with the runner-up finish and a 28-7 overall mark.
"We had a really emotional win over (Ryan) Uppal because he beat Cale during the regular season," Mikesell said. "(Cale) ended up pinning him. We just weren't as aggressive as we could have been in the finals match. We'll work on some things and the good news is we'll be opposite Schermer (in the regional) until the finals. I'm confident (Cale) will get to the finals again. If we get second to him all the way to the state finals, that will be okay with me."
In the 113-pound class, the Knights' Shane Ryan will also advance as he finished second to Terre Haute South's Darin Pemberton in a thrilling match that nearly went in favor of the Northview junior.
Ryan jumped out to a first period lead with a takedown and near fall points, putting Pemberton's shoulders to the mat, but couldn't maintain it long enough to get the victory. The Brave then reversed it and nearly did the same to Ryan in taking a 5-4 lead with his own near fall points. Pemberton extended his lead to 10-4 in the second period before Ryan got a takedown and narrowly missed another pin while clawing back to within 10-9 at the horn. After tying the match in the third period, Ryan gave up a takedown with a minute remaining and couldn't get the equalizer in a 12-10 thriller.
Afterwards, Mikesell lamented the narrow loss, but applauded Ryan's effort in gaining a regional berth.
"I think Shane (Ryan) had the kid pinned. I think everybody on this side of the mat thought the same thing, but the official was a little slow in getting over there to see it," Mikesell said of the near fall. "That's the way it goes some times. It was real good for Shane to get to the finals. I'm real proud of his efforts to get down to weight and wrestling tough. I think he'll make some noise too because I think he'll make it out of regionals too."
Senior Zach Williams bided his time during his high school career and made his first sectional effort one to remember as he gained a 55-second pin in his opener before knocking off North Knox junior Evan Bedwell to reach the finals before falling to Bloomington South's top-seeded Boyd Haley in the championship.
"I need more kids like Zach, who are willing to put in their time and sit behind some guys, work out and make themselves better so when it is their turn they are ready to go," Mikesell noted.
Northview senior Jessie Miller will also advance after losing a semifinal bout with rival Ben Patton of Edgewood in a narrow 6-2 decision. However, he bounced back with a pair of pins to claim third-place in the 195-pound division, finishing off West Vigo's Dakota Short in the last match to move to 34-6 this year.
Freshman Stephen Gibson will also make the trip to Bloomington South as he lost to eventual 120-pound champ Zack Runyon of Bloomington South in the semifinals before coming back to take fourth-place.
Trance Kelley and Trey Boor wrestled well, but missed the regional by a spot despite winning their fifth-place matches on Saturday.
Regional competition at Bloomington South gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with qualifiers from the Northview and Southridge Sectionals.
Northview Wrestling Sectional
Team scores: Bloomington South 272, Terre Haute South 162.5, Northview 124, North Knox 105, Owen Valley 100.5, Sullivan 100, Terre Haute North 97.5, Edgewood 90, Bloomington North 81, West Vigo 48
Top-four advance to regional
106: Griffin Schermer (BS) wins by dec. over Cale McCoy (Nv), 11-4; Ryan Uppal (THS) wins by fall over Morgan McGlothin (BN), 2:06
113: Darin Pemberton (THS) wins by dec. over Shane Ryan (Nv), 12-10; Michael Cole (BS) wins by fall over Gavin John (THN), 0:52
120: Zack Runyon (BS) wins by fall over Jeremy Arthur (BN), 1:05; David Lewis (THS) wins by fall over Stephen Gibson (Nv), 2:40
126: Eric Elia (THN0 wins by dec. over Cory Orndorff (SL), 10-6; David Ray (BN) wins by fall over Doug Wilkins (WV), 2:12
132: Devin Broukal (BS) wins by tech. fall over Nick Byrd (SL), 17-1; Dillon Deckard (EW) wins by fall over Ben Auberry (NK), 2:15
138: Phoenix Adams (THS) wins by dec. over Brennan Barlow (BS), 8-4; Jon Brown (NK) wins by dec. over Colt Thompson (SL), 4-1
145: William Newforth (OV) wins by fall over Ian Newton (THS), 1:59; Ross Abram (BS) wins by fall over Joey Thomas (NK), 2:22
152: Cody Helms (THS) wins by dec. over Jeremy Williams (BS), 9-4; Tyler Gilmore (THN) wins by dec. over Hunter Dalton (BN), 5-2
160: Seth Seitzinger (BS) wins by dec. over Gabe Koontz (EW), 3-0; Jonathan Sullivan (SL) wins by dec. over Ethan Yates (OV), 3-1
170: Larry Shaffer (OV) wins by dec. over Conor Galvin (BS), 3-2; Duane Deerwester (THS) wins by dec. over Dominique Davis (BN), 7-5
182: Dakota Thacker (BS) wins by dec. over Damien Chambers (EW), 2-1; Ryan Moshak (THN) wins by dec. over Austin Miller (NK), 7-4
195: Clayton Fiddler (BS) wins by dec. over Ben Patton (EW), 9-3; Jessie Miller (Nv) wins by fall over Dakota Short (WV), 3:19
220: Boyd Haley (BS) wins by fall over Zach Williams (Nv), 2:59; Ethan Edington (THN) wins by dec. over Evan Bedwell (NK), 9-4
285: Justin Sampson (Nv) wins by dec. over Guss Dajani (BS), 8-1; JR Robertson (OV) wins by maj. dec. over Noah Miller (NK), 17-4