ADA — When Ada and McAlester hook up in a sporting event, nearly anything can happen.

But first-year Ada head wrestling coach Greg Dean could have never expected this.

The Cougars won 10 out of 14 matches in a dominating 45-24 win over their archrivals Thursday night before a sizable, enthusiastic crowd at the Ada Junior High west gymnasium.

The lopsided victory improved Ada’s dual record to 7-2 on the year.

“We got after them pretty good,” Dean said. “Any time you can go get after McAlester, it’s a good thing.”

The match couldn’t have had a more exciting start. The 135-pounders took the mat first and Ada senior Eric Black edged McAlester’s Chase Woodley 8-6 in overtime.

“Eric started the match off and got us going in the right direction. It always helps to get momentum early,” Dean said.

That led to seven straight Ada victories and the rout was on.

“We knew we had some pretty good matchups going in, but honestly I didn’t know what to expect. But the kids knew it was an important dual,” Dean said.

Assistant coach Terry Don Teel agreed.

“We thought we’d win, but as a staff (which also includes assistant Creighton Solomon), we didn’t know we’d win 10 of 14 matches. Hopefully we’re peaking at the right time,” he said.

Of Ada’s 10 victories, Black’s was the only one that was really close. In fact, Cole Whisenant, Darren Briley, Thad Gillum and Seth Maloy all won by pinfall.

Sophomore Logan Blansett wrestled his first varsity match of the year and defeated James Mordici of McAlester 8-3 at 145 pounds.

The Ada trio of Jacob Castleberry, Clint McFarland and Bryan Solomon all shut out their opponents while Brandon Cates whipped Michael Wood of McAlester 18-3.

Two of Ada’s three individual losses came from Austin Cummins and Justin Glaspey who were both competing in divisions well above their normal weights. The other Buffalo victory came at 135 pounds where Ada’s Will Hayden was making his initial return to the lineup after recuperating from a broken arm.

Ada’s only other loss was a forfeit at 103 pounds.

Last year, not a single Ada wrestler qualified for the state tournament. This season, Dean and company hope to have several Cougars in the Class 4A field.

“One of our goals when we started was to have three to four kids qualify for the state tournament and I think we have a real legitimate chance to do that,” Dean said. “It’s been good. The kids have worked hard and coach Solomon has done a good job getting them prepared. They’ve bought in to what we’ve tried to get accomplished.”

The Cougars host another rival — the Ardmore Tigers — next Tuesday at 7 p.m. back at the Ada Junior High west gym.

Ada earned a Thursday night sweep as the Ada Junior High Cougars (2-5) edged McAlester 36-33.

The Ada junior high team travels to the Midwestern Conference Tournament today in Newcastle. Matches begin at 4 p.m today and will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.