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Pinfall victories by Ada’s Dylan Fisher and Teondre Harrison weren’t enough to overcome a stout Cache club in a 55-19 District 4A-3 Dual loss Tuesday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
Cache, ranked No. 12 in Class 4A, used five pins and a forfeit at 106 pounds during the runaway win. The Bulldogs improved to 4-1 overall, while Ada slipped to 0-2. It was the first district matchup for both squads.
Ada head coach Kyle Bohannon wasn’t overly concerned with the lopsided loss. He said the best is yet to come for the Cougars.
“It’s early. It’s December, and we’re raw right now,” he said. “It’s like I told those guys, we’ll be ready (for regionals) by that third week in February. We have a lot of guys out here that are just getting started and have only been out a week (due to the extended football season) and it shows.”
Not only have the football players on the Ada roster had limited time to practice (Brooks Davis is out with a concussion suffered during the gridiron campaign and will slowly work his way back into the Cougar lineup, likely at the 220-pound spot), but Bohannon and company had four freshmen compete against the talented Bulldogs.
The young Cougs who were thrown into the district fire included Jayden Brown at 120, Nathan Machin at 126, Kohner Gallagher at 182 and Kyle Hunter at 220.
“We put them (the freshmen) in a big dual tonight ... and I was pleased with the way they competed,” Bohannon said.
“Wrestling is a tough sport. We just have to get our legs under us. It’s tough to go out there and wrestle for six minutes when you haven’t had time to prepare,” he continued. “Some of our guys are looking good and competing early. But we only have about a period and a half in us.”
The Cougars got within 22-10 after Fisher pinned Trent Palmer of Cache in just 26 seconds. (Sports Editor Jeff Cali had an unofficial time of 25 seconds). However, Cache scored 27 unanswered points to pull away.
“I was really pleased with Dylan. He has the potential to go a long way this year. That was a good step forward for him, getting a good pin in his first home dual,” Bohannon said.
Gallagher defeated Hunter Moore of Cache 8-3 in the 182-pound match.
“Kohner did a great job. He’s tough. He has that old-school toughness that you like to see in a kid,” Bohannon said.
Teondre Harrison followed Gallagher by pinning Dreaton Robinson with 28.2 seconds left in the first quarter of their 195-pound matchup for the Cougars’ last victory of the evening.
“Teondre came out and won like Teondre does. It’s always fun and exciting to watch that kid wrestle. He’s a stud,” Bohannon said.
Ada’s only other win came in the 113-pound match, when Carter Patterson dominated Cache’s Bryce Harris 16-3 for a major decision.
“Carter Patterson wrestled a great match. He’s a very technical kid and wrestles smart,” Bohannon said.
Machin trailed Marquez Dowell of Cache just 3-0 after two periods before falling by an 8-0 count. It was a good showing, considering Dowell was a state qualifier last season.
“He kept it close the whole match. I couldn’t be more pleased to see that. He has a lot of potential,” Bohannon said.
After a trip to Class 3A No. 15 Sulphur tonight, the Cougars leave Monday to compete in the Beast of the Beach prestigious tournament in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. They won’t actually compete until Thursday and Friday. That event includes 25 teams from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana.
“We’ll have a little leisure time,” Bohannon said.