MADILL — Trailing 27-15, the Madill wrestling team came through with six straight victories to snatch a 51-27 win against Newcastle on Thursday night.
And while four of those late wins were by forfeit due to a small Newcastle squad, Madill coach Jim Love is still fine with taking the victory all the same.
"I didn't think we wrestled particularly well," Love said. "But you need to take wins however you can get them."
Among the contested early matches, the 138-pound match between Madill's Richard Session and Newcastle's Tyler Ross was possibly the highlight of the entire dual.
Session got into an early hole, trailing 13-2 in the third period, only to mount a vicious comeback. Taking advantage of a small opening, Session managed to plant Ross nearly on his back with under a minute left. Session appeared on the verge of a miraculous late pin, only to have his hold broken by the official due to a full nelson call.
Session would end up unable to finish the rally, taking a 14-10 defeat that left him clearly anguished on the sidelines.
"He just got a little too far behind early," Love said. "That's something he'll learn from."
With the deficit at its highest halfway through the match, the Wildcats were aided by three straight forfeits in the 160-, 170- and 182-pound weight classes.
With the dual hanging in the balance, Sage Salyer and Sotero Trevino did not disappoint the home crowd, earning two consecutive pins in the 195- and 220-pound weight classes to seal the dual for Madill.
Trevino's win was particularly impressive, with the fall coming 1:23 into the match and the big man's strength clearly an intimidating factor.
"It took him a while to catch the guy, but once he did there wasn't much left," Love said. "He's a great kid, a great leader for our team and he's really fun to coach."
The win pushes Madill's duals record to 5-1, but more importantly, is the final match before a lengthy Christmas break that Love insisted his team needed.
"There was a bit of a flu outbreak, and when one kid gets sick in a wrestling room, it spreads like wildfire," Love said. "We're going to need the rest that's coming up."