By Cort Reynolds

Ada Herald writer

COLDWATER - Last Thursday, the Ada varsity wrestling squad competed in a

super quad meet at Coldwater with Allen East and Parkway. AE only filled

six weight classes and Parkway five, so the coaches decided to handle the

meet in a round robin style competition.

Unfortunately for Ada, that means that there would not be dual team

scores, so technically the Bulldogs could not win or lose as a team.

Ada thus wrestled just two matches per athlete, and some only participated

in one match.

Bulldog Austin Windle went 2-0 to improve to 7-0 for the season. Gage

Dunn, Noah Beach and Jarod Woodland each went 1-1 while Tommy Dotson was

1-0.

In the match of the night, Beach battled Max McAdoo at 170 lbs. to a

marathon 14-13 decision defeat that went four overtimes.

"Max is a quality athlete and a proven wrestler through the years," noted

Ada coach Branden Nickles. "For Noah to push Max into a fourth OT and come

within 13 seconds of a win, that's the moment we work towards everyday.

The crowd was into the match, the coaches were pumped up the whole time,

it was just a great match from start to finish. We came up short, but

without a doubt this match was a great stepping stone for us. We can

compete with some of the better guys around the area."

Not to be outdone by Beach's performance, Jarod Woodland at 195 lbs. also

stood toe to toe with Allen East's Jon Cox before falling in an 8-6

decision.

"Hands down, the best match of Jarod's career," said Nickles. "His

improvement over last season is phenomenal. Jarod was able to get Cox to

wrestle in his comfort zone. Again, this type of match is what helps our

team build confidence.

"We battled head to head with some top quality opponents and came up just

short. For our young program to even be competitive against those guys

(Allen East) is really a testament to this team's will to win. We were

aggressive all night, fighting for everything we had.

"We have a lot of room for improvement, but to push a team like Allen East

this early in the season, that's just a great accomplishment," he

concluded.

Then on Saturday at the day-long Lincolnview Lancer Invitational, Ada

finished a solid eighth at the 14-team event.

Delphos St. John's won with 304 points, while Ada tallied 149.



TEAM SCORES

Delphos St. John's 304

Paulding 287

Van Wert 273

Delphos Jefferson 268

Fairview 222

Spencerville 221

Defiance 210

Ada 149

Stivers 140

Lincolnview 139

Coldwater 136

Sidney-Lehman Catholic 100

Antwerp 40

Parkway 36



Ada finishers by weight class

145 - Matt Higgins (8th)

160 - Austin Windle (3rd); Dylan Hannah (5th)

170 - Noah Beach (5th)

182 - Hunter Allen (6th)

195 - Jarod Woodland (5th)

220 - Brady Pitney (4th)

285 - Tommy Dotson (7th)



"It was a very satisfying day," enthused Nickles. "Austin suffered his

first defeat of the season to a great opponent from Sidney-Lehman whom

eventually won the tournament. What an improvement over last year's

finish! I believe we jumped six spots as a team over last last year.

"After round three of five, team scores were announced and we stood fifth.

Talk about someone getting unbelievably pumped up - I was on cloud nine

for a few minutes," recalled Nickles.

"Round four came and we struggled greatly. For us in round four we began to

face off against the higher-seeded athletes at each weight class. Then we

went 5-3 in the finals and made up some ground on the teams in front of

us, which is a nice way to end the tournament.

"Once again, we were more than just another team in the tournament," he

continued. "We came into Lincolnview, showed what we had and enjoyed a

good amount of success throughout the day. Our team has been attacked by

the flu bug all week, so many of our guys weren't at the top of their

game considering the sickness.

"Gage Dunn was not able to compete due to illness. Dylan Hannah was

wrestling as an extra for the day, as his weight assessment test hasn't

allowed him to drop to the 152 weight class."

Beginning next weekend at the Lakota Holiday Duals tournament, Hannah will

be in the lineup at 152 lbs., which will allow Ada to fill 11 of 14 weight

classes going forward.

"We've got a great chance to go to Lakota and be a factor, especially with

the addition of Dylan to our varsity lineup," predicted Nickles. "If our

team continues to wrestle like they have been the last two weeks, we're

going to be a tough team come the end of the year. Each week of the season

has been our best week of wrestling ever; if that remains the trend I

expect great things out of our guys this year."