ADA — The Ada High wrestling team is starting to make this stuff look easy.

The Cougars used pinfall victories by Clint McFarland, Cole Whisenant and Brandon Cates and stuffed Sulphur 48-27 at the Ada Quad-turned-Ada Triangular Tuesday night at the Ada Junior High west gymnasium.

Ada also overwhelmed Purcell, which brought just two wrestlers, 69-3.

Sulphur defeated the Dragons 45-6 in the other dual.

The two wins improved Ada to 10-2 on the year.

“We wrestled real well again. We knew Sulphur would be a tough dual for us,” Ada head coach Greg Dean said. “Overall, I thought we wrestled just about as good as we can wrestle.”

The Cougars dominated the Bulldogs despite being without team captain and senior standout Jacob Castleberry, who is nursing an injured ankle.

“They were missing a kid or two but we were without Castleberry so that kinda evened out,” Dean said.

And again, Ada had several wrestlers competing above their normal weight classes, meaning they were facing much larger foes.

“We had some kids step up and wrestle real well. Again we’re wrestling kids up out of their weight classes and they are beating kids above them in weight,” Dean said.

Two of Ada’s three pinfall victories came from youngsters.

At 140 pounds, McFarland — just a freshman — raced to leads of 6-0 and 8-2 on Sulphur’s Benoit Mollett before getting the pin with :53 left in the second period. That gave Ada an insurmountable 42-21 lead with two matches remaining.

Just for good measure, Whisenant — a sophomore — followed McFarland in the 145-pound match and pinned Sulphur’s Thomas Jones in 2:41. He had already built a 9-0 lead.

It looked like Ada would end the match with three straight wins, but Sulphur’s Derek Jones erased his 5-4 deficit by pinning Micah Mackey midway through the second period.

Other Ada winners included Darrin Briley, who shut out Chad Colungo 6-0 at 171 pounds; and Cates — a senior — who pinned Jamie Cervantes in 3:46. Cates had erased and early 5-2 deficit and led 10-5 before pinning Cervantes with just 14 seconds left in the second period.

Senior Seth Maloy, wrestling at 125 pounds, dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Sulphur standout Cory Presgrove, whose only point came on a “technical violation”.

“He locked his hands,” Dean explained. “But the Presgrove kid is a conference champion and has a chance to be a state champion. Seth wrestled a real smart match. We challenged him and told him he needs to go wrestle those kinds of kids. We think he has a shot to go to the state tournament. It was good for him.”

Ada will host its final dual of the season Thursday night when Madill visits. The first matches are scheduled to hit the mat at 7 p.m.

“We have the chance Thursday night to come in hear and win our 11th dual and finish undefeated at home. We take pride in winning out duals here and take care of our own turf. If we finish 11-2 and stay undefeated at home, that’s a pretty successful season,” Dean said.

Last year, Madill edged Ada 45-42

Ada will then compete in the NW Classen Tournament on Saturday, a final tune-up before Class 4A Regional Tournament action next weekend in Catoosa. Other teams in Ada’s regional include: host Catoosa, Bishop Kelley, Bixby, Coweta, Durant, East Central, Grove, Harrah, McAlester, Miami, Noble, Pryor, School of Science and Technology, Shawnee and Skiatook

Ada’s only dual losses this season were road setbacks to 4A powers Shawnee and Harrah.

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