From four years ago — when the Indians started nearly an entire team of freshman — to today, when a roster of seven seniors leads Plainview into what could be a program-best year.
The Indians started their season right on Tuesday, rolling past Class 5A Durant 54-19 in their first dual, before another decisive victory over Little Axe, 57-17, in their second dual of the night.
Little Axe entered the dual ranked fifth in Class 3A. Plainview, ranked sixth in 3A, is 2-0 in duals heading to the Rio Rancho Duals in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend.
"We're not where we want to be, but it's early, it's our first dual meet," Plainview coach Rocky Atencio said. "When we go to New Mexico, we'll get a little better and as the season progresses, we're gonna get better."
In the first dual against Durant, Plainview scored maximum points in eight of 14 matches, including four forfeits and pins by Steven West (120 pounds), Brent Davis (152) Landon Good (182) and Kastin Spencer (195).
Durant opened the dual with a decision at 145 pounds by John Woods, but Davis secured a fall in 2 minutes, 57 seconds in the next match, which started a five-match winning streak for the Indians that increased their lead to an insurmountable 30-3.
In that span, Isaac Barnes (160) and Drake Martel (170) received forfeits, followed by back-to-back falls by Good (182, 2:00) and Spencer (195, 34 seconds). Tyler Lawrence (113) and Cade Wheelwright (132) added decisions in their weight classes.
Wheelwright, who was second in state last season in Class 3A, won a see-saw battle with Durant's Jared Boydstun. The senior and Boydstun toggled for control for two periods before Wheelwright asserted himself in the third with an escape and takedown for the 3-0 win.
Atencio was especially pleased with the conditioning of his athletes. Wheelwright dominated his final period against Boydstrum, and Plainview scored major decisions in two matches against Little Axe (Davis, 14-0 over Curtis Dye; Martel, 16-0 over Dell Lynn).
With the same lineup as the previous dual, Plainview won eight matches via fall against Little Axe.
"Physically, I thought we were in really good condition," Atencio said. "But, we want to peak in February.
"Right now, all this is great and fun, but our goal is a state title at the end of the season. We're gonna keep preparing to the best of our ability, and we'll see what happens."