TROY - Ada junior Austin Windle won four matches in the consolation bracket of the 160 lb. division to finish third at the Div. III district wrestling tournament Saturday in Troy's Hobart Arena.
The strong performance on the second day of competition qualified Windle for the Div. III state meet at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus February 27-March 1.
Windle first decisioned Tytus Collins of Waynesville 15-8 Saturday morning to advance to the consolation third round.
Once there, he pinned Jacob Dingus of Wayne Trace at 2:57.
Windle then defeated semifinal winner's bracket loser Jake Schmidt of Coldwater in a 9-2 decision to win the consolation semis.
Then in the third place or consolation final match, Windle beat Deer Park's Kamran Alexander in a tight 9-8 decision.
The top four finishers in a weight class make it to the state meet in Columbus. Windle (40-5) is the first Ada wrestler in the short history of the program to make it to this plateau.
Three other Bulldog matmen competed in the second day of district consolation competition Saturday.
Junior Jarod Woodland pinned Brian Morris of Madison at 2:03 in his second round consolation match at the 195 lb. bracket.
Junior Noah Beach also pinned Travis McDaniel of Northridge at 2:06 to win his 182 lb. second round consolation match. In the ensuing round, Tristan Devlin of Troy Christian pinned Beach at 0:22 to eliminate him from the event.
Beach finished the season 35-8.
Woodland next edged Reading's Logan Raleigh of Reading 3-1 in overtime to advance to the consolation semifinals.
However, Woodland's chance to qualify for state was halted by Jack Huffman of LCC in the consolation semis, 17-2. Then in the fifth-place match to earn the alternate berth for the state meet, Donald Moore of Waynesville pinned Woodland at 1:41 to gain the extra "if needed" 195 lb. nod.
Woodland finished the campaign with a fine 32-13 record.
Ada senior Brady Pitney was eliminated in the second consolation round of the 220 lb. division Saturday when he was pinned by Cody Carr of Brookville at 4:35. He ended his season 25-14.
Ada finished 14th of 48 teams at the district event with 35 points. Dayton Christian won with 212.5 points to out-distance Covington easily.
Div. III state preliminary round action begins Thursday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m., with the first consolation round held that night at 7:15 p.m. The event is double elimination.
Quarterfinals begin Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. The final rounds of competition take place Saturday, March 1.