Young Northview squad taking shape for the future

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Northview's Kaleb Rowe (left) takes down his Princeton opponent on Saturday on his way to a victory.

By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The Northview wrestling program has left its mark around the Wabash Valley and abroad as the 2017 season gets underway. A pair of former Northview standout wrestlers have taken over the programs at Terre Haute North and here in Brazil.

Tony Sanabria takes over the reigns for the Northview Knights after former head coach Dan Mikesell moved on to take the top spot at Mooresville High School. A former Northview state finalist under Mikesell, Beau Pingleton, has taken the head position for Terre Haute North this season.

Sanabria has formerly coached North Clay several years ago and was also an assistant coach for Mikesell. He has the street cred as he teaches a very young crop of Knights as he advanced to the semi-state level as a senior in 2005. Admittedly, Sanabria noted that the numbers in the wrestling room are small at the moment, but he is looking to set the tone with the group that he has.

“I just want to make sure that we are working hard at practice every day and with a good attitude. We are really trying to build the program back up. The last couple of years the numbers have dwindled down some. I would like to get back to where we were when I was a senior in high school and build from there,” Sanabria said. “I want us to compete for conference championships, multiple people to state and competing for a sectional title. The main thing is to stay positive, work hard and for each of the guys to wrestle their style and their matches. That is what I preached on the first day and what I want to continue to teach.”

Currently their is just one senior in the Knights’ lineup with 170-pounder Zeb Scamihorn. However, Sanabria noted that he has been leading by example along with junior Tyler Paul (138 pounds) and sophomore 160-pounder Noah Minor.

“Zeb Scamihorn is our senior and he has stepped up and taken a role as a leader as well as Tyler Paul. Tyler is a junior this year. Both of them are great wrestlers. Zeb broke his thumb last year so this is sort of a year of redemption for him. It is his last year so it is an opportunity for him to come out and wrestle tough,” Sanabria said. “They are both the vocal leaders in the room along with Noah Minor. He is a sophomore, but is a talented wrestler. All three are vocal and demand the best out of the other guys in the room.”

Sanabria is joined by assistant coach Cale McCoy, who was also an outstanding Northview wrestler in his own right. Together, McCoy and Sanabria are hoping to build the Knights back into a postseason threat. However, Sanabria noted that he has been working with his team on focusing on the moment each match and not getting caught up in opponent’s accolades or reputations.

“The one thing I think that is huge is just to wrestle your own match. I never worried about rankings, where a kid was from or what he has done before,” Sanabria said. “I wrestled my particular match and how I needed to wrestle. I had quite a bit of success. I think once our guys get it out of their head whether someone is ranked or not then they will have a great deal of success. That is how I wrestled and how my assistant Cale (McCoy) wrestled. We both did not worry about it. We both did what we needed to do an didn’t worry about rankings or anything of that other stuff that can give you a mental block.”

Scamihorn missed last year after breaking his thumb and is looking to finish his career strong. Paul was a regional qualifier last season and the coaches are looking for big things from Minor.

The rest of the roster will look to prove itself this season with Landon Croy slotting in at 120 pounds currently with Braeden Wharton at 126. Daniel Gugino is at 132 with Kaleb Rowe at 145 right now. Preston Nuckols could also see some time at 132 and Thomas Fleming is at 170 or 182.

Northview freshman Braeden Wharton had a strong day for the Knights in just his second varsity competition. Wharton piled up four wins in five matches on Saturday as the Knights competed at Westfield High School in the Shamrock Duels. Wharton had a pair of pins in less than a minute and added a victory via technical fall (18-3) for the Knights.

While the Knights may take some early lumps in the team standings this season with several open spots in the lineup, Sanabria noted that he is focused one keeping his wrestlers focused on the positives.

“We like to keep practice upbeat. We have their music playing and talk amongst themselves to learn different things,” Sanabria said of keeping a positive mindset. We do plenty of live wrestling, but we want to keep it positive,” Sanabria said. “The numbers (of wrestlers) doesn’t bother me so much because I always tell them that I’m coaching the guys that are in the room. At the end of the day I want every one of these guys to win a state championship. I tell them that I will worry about the team and that they should worry about what their own goals are accomplishing them.”

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Saturday

Northview finished Saturday’s trip to the Shamrock Duels at Westfield on a postive note by picking up a victory over Arsenal Tech in the final match of the day. The shorthanded Knights finished 1-4 on the day with losses to Homestead, Westfield, Roncalli and Princeton before picking up a 45-6 win in the final match of the afternoon.

Braedan Wharton finished the day with a technical fall win to complete a 4-1 afternoon. He also had two victories by fall and one by forfeit. His lone loss came to Roncalli. Noah Minor was 3-2 on the day for the Knights at 160 pounds and won his final bout by fall in just 1:19. Minor had three pins on the day out of his five matches.

Northview got two wins apiece from Landon Croy, Daniel Gugino, Tyler Paul, Kaleb Rowe and Zeb Scamihorn. Thomas Fleming added one victory.

Cumulative Saturday results

Landon Croy 2-3; Braeden Wharton 4-1, Daniel Gugino 2-3; Tyler Paul 2-3; Kaleb Rowe 2-3; Noah Minor 3-2; Zeb Scamihorn 2-3; Thomas Fleming 1-4

Westfield Shamrock Duels

Northview 45, Arsenal Tech 6

106 - Double forfeit

113 - Double forfeit

120 - Landon Croy wins by fall 5:42

126 - Braeden Wharton wins by tech fall 18-3

132 - Daniel Gugino wins by forfeit

138 - Tyler Paul wins by forfeit

145 - Kaleb Rowe wins by forfeit

152 - Double forfeit

160 - Noah Minor wins by fall 1:19

170 - Zeb Scamihorn wins by major decision 8-0

182 - Thomas Fleming wins by forfeit

195 - Double forfeit

220 - Loss by forfeit

285 - Double forfeit

Princeton 39, Northview 24

106 - Double forfeit

113 - Double forfeit

120 - Landon Croy wins by forfeit

126 - Braeden Wharton win by fall 0:33

132 - Daniel Gugino loss by decision 7-4

138 - Tyler Paul win by fall 0:58

145 - Kaleb Rowe win by fall 0:50

152 - Loss by forfeit

160 - Noah Minor loss by fall 1:45

170 - Zeb Scamihorn loss by fall 0:56

182 - Thomas Fleming loss by fall 0:10

195 - Loss by forfeit

220 - Loss by forfeit

285 - Double forfeit

Fishers 72, Northview 12

106 - Loss by forfeit

113 - Loss by forfeit

120 - Braeden Wharton win by forfeit

126 - Landon Croy loss by fall 0:46

132 - Daniel Gugino win by forfeit

138 - Tyler Paul loss by fall 1:43

145 - Kaleb Rowe loss by fall 0:48

152 - Loss by forfeit

160 - Noah Minor loss by fall 5:18

170 - Zeb Scamihorn loss by fall 3:55

182 - Thomas Fleming loss by fall 0:26

195 - Loss by forfeit

220 - Loss by forfeit

285 - Loss by forfeit

Homestead 51, Northview 12

106 - Loss by forfeit

113 - Double forfeit

120 - Braeden Wharton win by fall 0:26

126 - Landon Croy loss by fall 1:58

132 - Daniel Gugino loss by fall 0:56

138 - Tyler Paul loss by decision 14-8

145 - Kaleb Rowe loss by fall 3:38

152 - Loss by forfeit

160 - Noah Minor win by fall 2:58

170 - Zeb Scamihorn loss by fall 1:54

182 - Thomas Fleming loss by fall 0:10

195 - Double forfeit

220 - Double forfeit

285 - Loss by forfeit

Roncalli 70, Northview 12

106 - Loss by forfeit

113 - Loss by forfeit

120 - Braeden Wharton loss by fall 3:17

126 - Landon Croy loss by fall 0:24

132 - Daniel Gugino loss by major decision 10-2

138 - Tyler Paul loss by fall 0:16

145 - Kaleb Rowe loss by fall

152 - Loss by forfeit

160 - Noah Minor win by fall 0:51

170 - Zeb Scamihorn win by forfeit

182 - Thomas Fleming loss by fall 1:41

195 - Loss by forfeit

220 - Loss by forfeit

285 - Loss by forfeit