By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
LIMA - The Ada wrestling team opened its second varsity season at the six-team Cory-Rawson event Saturday, winning one of its five dual meets.
The Bulldogs beat Ottawa-Glandorf 48-24 and barely lost to Cory-Rawson 37-36. They also fell to Lima Senior 45-24, lost to Kenton 48-36 and were defeated by meet victor Columbus Grove, 57-24.Team records at competition:
Columbus Grove 5-0
Lima Sr. 3-2
Cory Rawson 2-3
Ada sophomore Austin Windle went 5-0 at 160 lbs. with five pins in the event. Junior Brady Pitney posted a 4-1 record at 220 lbs.
As a team, Ada wrestlers combined to go 16-21 on the day. In the Cory- Rawson match the Bulldogs were tied at 36-36 and had to go to the eighth criteria to determine which team won the match. Cory won the minuscule tiebreaker because they had scored the first points in more matches than Ada did.
"Much like the old saying, it was closer than the score shows; truly many of our scores are NOT indicative of how well we actually wrestled," said Bulldog head coach Branden Nickles.
"Unlike last season, we were competitive in many of the individual matches. We scored points, got a number of pins, and just wrestled a much better match than at any point last season. We made mistakes at certain points, but the mistakes were of a nature we can fix with a few more practice days.
"We're still a young team without question, but we made a lot of strides today," he continued. "A couple of our guys get their first career wins, which was awesome. We also had a chance to showcase some of our more experienced wrestlers and I feel they put their foot in the door as a contender in some of the area tournaments.
"The best and worst parts of the whole ordeal is that we don't have a single senior on our team," Nickles added. "All these kids will be back at this tournament next year and the improvements made to this point will only continue to grow. We're certainly excited about our opportunities this year."
Ada will travel to Coldwater on Thursday, Dec. 6 for a triangular match also with local rival Allen East, which is the alma mater of Nickles. "We're planning on being competitive," he said. "That's our goal for the season, being consistently competitive. The wins will come if we can always be IN the match."