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With a mixture of experienced seniors and some rising and promising underclassmen, Ada High School head wrestling coach Kyle Bohannon is excited about getting his guys out on the mat for the 2017-18 season.
“I think we’ll put a pretty strong team on the mat. I hope our success on the football field will carry over to the mat,” Bohannon said. “It’s going to be an exciting season for our seniors and underclassmen.”
Because of the Cougars’ run to the state football championship game, it’s been a short preseason (just one week) for many of his wrestlers who competed on the gridiron.
Some of his non-football players were set to compete in a wrestling tournament at Blanchard this weekend. Ada is set to wrestle in a dual Tuesday at McAlester Tuesday and host Cache in another dual, of district implications, on Thursday.
The Cougars return two state qualifiers from last season in seniors Carter Patterson and Teondre Harrison. Patterson will be wrestling at 113 pounds this season, while Harrison will compete at 170.
Patterson posted a 27-15 record last season as a junior.
“Carter has been a very consistent wrestler his whole career,” said Bohannon. “It’s going to be a big year for him. He was on the edge of placing at state last year (after losing in the consolation semifinals). I’ve seen a lot of drive in him.”
Harrison was part of Ada’s state football run last season and, like Patterson last season, came up a little short in placing at state.
He registered a 19-14 record in 2016-17.
“Teondre is a tremendous kid who has a lot of ability,” Bohannon said.
The Cougars also welcome back a state qualifier from two years ago in senior Dylan Fisher, who is expected to compete at 120 or 126 pounds.
“Last year, one point separated Dylan from going back to state,” said Bohannon. “There’s been a big drive about him, knowing he was that close to going to state last year. He has shown fire and desire to finish out strong.”
Fisher owned a 23-15 record last year.
Bohannon anticipates good things out of sophomore Hunter Wilson at 152 pounds and junior Brooks Davis at 220. Wilson was sixth at regionals last season, while Davis came up big in several matches a year ago. Both are expected to occupy those particular weight classes in 2017-18.
Junior Gavin Owens came up short at regionals last season after competing at a tough 138 pounds and is expected to compete there this year. Senior Garrett Rhynes will wrestler at 132 pounds. Junior Ethan Presgrove and senior Sungie Buck are battling it out at 145 pounds. Freshman Max Rhynes could see action at 152, along with Wilson.
Senior Hunter Specht is set to compete at 160 pounds.
“Hunter has really grown as a wrestler. He has really progressed from last season to where he is now. I’m anxious to see what he can do,” Bohannon said.
Freshman Kohner Gallagher is expected to occupy the 182-pound spot.
“Kohner is a junior high champion and state placer,” said Bohannon.
At 195 pounds, sophomore Joe Estep and senior Tyson Going are battling it out. Junior Blake Pettigrew is expected to wrestle at heavyweight.
Bohannon is hoping the month of December can set the stage for a busy January.
“We’ll spend December getting our legs underneath us and get some mat time,” Bohannon said. “January is going to be a grinding month with duals on Tuesdays and Thursdays and tournaments on Fridays and Saturdays. We’ll build on our technique and prepare them for the grind.”