Facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit, Kevin Gibbons took the mat for Adams in the 145lb weight class and began an improbable comeback for the Highlanders. Stoney Creek dominated early, leading 36-0 after seven matches, before Gibbons pinned his opponent to get Adams on the scoreboard.
Undaunted, his teammates followed suit with a pin by Sean Phalen (152lb) and 16o pounder Kenny Jackson earning a major decision with a 10-1 victory in his match. Successive pins by Joe Dreon (171lb), Chase Montour (189lb) and Mohammad Murray (215lb) set the stage for the heavyweight and final bout. With Adams trailing, Bobby Anderson clinched the match with a pin and the Highlanders earned a 5th District Title in the past six years with a 39-36 victory over the Cougars.
Adams previously defeated Utica Ford 34-31 that evening in the semi-final match to advance to the District Final.