By Cort Reynolds

Ada Herald writer

LIMA - The Ada wrestling squad finished 14th at the highly-competitive

Lima Spartan Invitational Saturday, January 12.

Upper Sandusky won the event with 260.5 points, followed by Paulding at

226.5. Ada scored 75 points to nose out Bath and Antwerp.

Austin Windle posted the top individual Bulldog finish by finishing third

in the 160 lb. weight class. Dylan Hannah took fourth at 152 lbs. and Noah

Beach came in seventh at the 170 lb. division.

"Today was a tough day for our team," admitted coach Branden Nickles. "We

are down a few wrestlers from the start of the year and it showed up big

time today. It may seem a little strange to say this after we finished in

14th position, but we really needed this tournament.

"It was a big, tough and long day for all of our guys. We needed to stand

toe to toe with a little tougher competition than we've seen all year.

For the first time all year, we took one on the chin and really didn't

have an answer for our opponents.

"Days like today put a different emphasis on hardwork and our practice

ethic," he continued. "So, even with the disappointments I think we can

take a lot out of this tournament and put a positive spin on it. How we

respond will dictate the rest of our season's goals.

"I'm looking forward to our conference tournament in February. It will be

a direct indicator of who has a chance to make it to districts and who

needs to put in some more hours after practice."

Ada next competes at the NWC championships at LCC on February 2.

"We have a few men that are certainly capable of contending at the

Northwest Conference championships, but the team really needs to dig in

and prepare like they've never done before," Nickles concluded.

2013 Spartan Invitational Scores

1. Upper Sandusky 260.5 points

2. Paulding 226.5

3. St. Mary's 210.5

4. Spencerville 206

5. Riverdale 196

6. Woodmore 174.5

7. Rossford 159

8. Delphos Jefferson 149

9. Lima Shawnee 143.5

10. Tippecanoe 131

11. Lima Senior 120

12. Tinora 118.5

13. Springfield Shawnee 81

14. Ada 75 points

15. Bath 43

16. Antwerp 42