Knights send four to final round of Mooresville Holiday Classic
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
MOORESVILLE — Northview has never shied away from competing against the best wrestlers in the state and the Knights saw plenty of them in Mooresville in a two-day tourney.
Twenty-four teams were on hand at the Mooresville Holiday Tournament with the top-ranked Class 2A and 3A teams and a total of six ranked teams. Number one ranked Yorktown came away with the team title by edging Cathedral 247.5 to 244.5 with Brownsburg placing a close third with 221 points. Edgewood placed fifth and Northview placed 18th overall while advancing four competitors to the final round of matches.
Northview coach Dan Mikesell was quick to note that the tournament is a good measuring stick for the Knights.
“This is a really tough tournament. The 3A state champion is here, the 2A state champ is here and a couple other state contenders. It’s a meat grinder and a real good midseason test for us to see where we are at and some things we need to work on,” Mikesell said. “We had some ups and downs and some good matches and obviously some things we need to work on.”
Northview’s Austin Cook came into the tournament seeded fifth overall and topped his first two opponents by pin on Tuesday afternoon before losing by fall to eventual champion Jordan Slivka of Cathedral. Cook bounced back on Wednesday to win his first match 10-0 and followed that with a 14-0 victory and a 7-2 decision to reach the third-place match. Cook would finish fourth after falling to top-seed Carson Willis of Castle.
“Austin wrestled above his seed, which is awesome for him. He put together some really good matches. He beat a kid from Decatur twice, which is difficult to do in a tournament,” Mikesell said. “He looks good at 126 and is getting used to the weight. I’m real excited about him making a run here in the second half of the season.”
Trevor Cook reached the quarterfinals at 138 pounds with a pin and a 4-3 decision on Tuesday before being pinned by top-seed Zach Melloh of Cathedral. Cook came back on Wednesday to go 3-1 to finish fifth.
According to his coach, the sophomore is still just scratching the surface of his abilities.
“Trevor is relying on his athleticism right now and his hard work ethic. He works really hard in the room. He and his brother (Austin) really push each other,” said Mikesell. “I’m pleased with his progress and his effort. He’ll keep getting better. He beat some kids from our sectional here so we know he can make a deep postseason run.”
At 152 pounds, Michael Heading also reached the quarterfinals before running into the top-seed in the tourney. Heading won by pin in his opener and followed that up with a 10-4 victory. Facing unbeaten Yorktown sophomore Eric Hiestand, Heading took him to the final buzzer before falling 6-4. Hiestand would eventually go on to win the championship.
Heading wrestled his way back with a 9-1 major decision and an 11-9 victory before losing a tough 10-8 decision to Castle. Heading settled for sixth after falling in his final bout, 8-5.
“I’m very pleased with Michael Heading and he keeps making improvements. He beat a couple of good kids and lost to some kids that are really tough. It’s always a close battle with him. We just need to get him over that hump,” Mikesell said.
Senior Jacob Hendrich opened the tourney with a pair of first period pins on Tuesday and added a 6-5 decision. However, he lost a tight 1-0 decision to second-seeded Jacob Gray of Delta. He would finish up the tourney with a fifth-place finish after splitting his final two matches.
“I told Jacob before his final match that we have wrestled a lot of matches here at this high school through Greco and Freestyle. I wanted him to go out with a win. I’m glad that he did. He wrestled tough, but his weight class is loaded,” Mikesell said. “The number one ranked kid in the state, the fifth-ranked kid in the state, the sixth in the state and the Evansville kid is a sleeper so Jacob will have to work on some things to score against the tougher kids at crucial times.”
The Knights are back in action on Jan. 4 in a dual match with Edgewood.
Mooresville Holiday Tournament
106: Logan Bailey (Cath) wins by decision over Drake Campbell (Brownsburg), 4-3; Keeghan Overton (Greenwood) wins by decision over Zachary Todd (Yorktown), 8-7
113: Brayden Curtis (Yorktown) wins by injury default over Victor Antunez (Jennings County), 4:49; Evan Lawhead (Brownsburg) wins by decision over Jay Orman (Edgewood), 4-0
120: Lukasz Walendzak (Cath) wins by major decision over Justice Cash (Bloom North), 12-3; Keaton Fisher (Martinsville) wins by decision over Josh Stephenson (Yorktown), 5-3
126: Jordan Slivka (Cath) wins by major decision over Dalton Craig (Jennings County), 12-3; Carson Willis (Castle) wins by fall over Austin Cook (Northview), 1:51
132: Breyden Bailey (Cath) wins by fall over Christian Hunt (Yorktown), 0:54; Brett Smith (Bloom North) wins by decision over Noah Robinson (Westfield), 4-2
138: Zach Mellor (Cath) wins by major decision over Riley White (Hamilton Heights), 17-8; Robert Deters (Castle) wins by decision over Colt Rutter (Yorktown), 4-3; Trevor Cook (Northview) wins by injury default over Ryan Bigelow (Brownsburg)
145: Brayton Lee (Brownsburg) wins by tech fall over Brady Wyro (Homestead), 31-15; Alex Barr (Yorktown) wins by decision over Elliott Rodgers (Cath), 2-1
152: Eric Hiestand (Yorktown) wins by decision over Denver Aydelott (Edgewood), 12-7; Nick Williams (Greenwood) wins by decision over Clay McNutt (Castle), 4-3; Wyatt Dalton wins by decision over Michael Heading (Northview), 8-5
160: Brad Laughlin (Yorktown) wins by fall over Jacob Farmer (Castle), 3:40; Ethan Stock (Monrovia) wins by decision over Zane Beineke (Jennings County), 12-6
170: Eli Stock (Monrovia) wins by decision over Anthony Cicciarelli (Brownsburg), 3-2; Danny Reams (Plainfield) wins by decision over Justin Miller (Westfield), 3-2
182: Nathan Walton (Brownsburg) wins by decision over Jacob Gray (Delta), 5-2; Kiave Gurrier (Evansville Central) wins by major decision over Camryn Smith (Monrovia), 13-3; Jacob Hendrich (Northview) wins by decision over Stephen Nix (Ft. Wayne Dewenger), 2-1
195: Ben Stewart (Cath) wins by decision over Isaac McCormick (Brownsburg), 9-4; Liam Jagow (Westfield) wins by major decision over Will Rolley (Castle), 9-1
220: Clayton Scroggs (Brownsburg) wins by decision over Garrison Lee (Monrovia), 7-3; Levi Gleason wins by UTB over Abel Rivera (T.H. South), 3-2
285: Rickie Clark wins by UTB over Jacob Rhoades (Yorktown), 3-2; Brendan Sutton (Jennings County) wins by injury default over Bryce Biddle (Plainfield)