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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Indians lock up shorthanded Sulphur in duals

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  • Battling a team-wide illness, the Sulphur Bulldogs wrestling team traveled to Plainview to face the Indians on homecoming, falling in a deceptively lopsided 78-0 affair.
    With nine Sulphur wrestlers held out due to an outbreak of the flu among the team, the Indians (11-4) were given an obvious advantage on the scoring sheet, but also managed to win all five contested matches.
    "It was really unfortunate for Sulphur that this happened, because they're a good squad," Plainview coach Rocky Atencio said. "But I was glad about how well we competed."
    The biggest shocker of the night was in the 120-pound clash, where Plainview's Stephen West upset state championship contender Ike Flowers in a narrow 4-3 decision.
    "That was a really big win for him," Atencio said. "We've wrestled some of the best competition in the country and that carries over."
    In other contested matches, Plainview's Isaac Barnes got a pin with just 23 seconds left in the third period, while teammate Drake Martel followed with a pin of his own at the 1:38 mark.
    In the final matchup of heavyweights, Dorian Fagon earned an exciting 6-2 decision, a crucial win for the young freshman according to Atencio.
    "Their heavyweight is a big kid, and he was a very good challenge for Dorian," Atencio said. "For a freshman, he was very smart; kept his hips back and used good fundamentals."
    For Sulphur head coach Drew Swartz, it was a frustrating night, but one that was difficult to avoid with the rash of illnesses.
    "That's just something that happens in wrestling," Swartz said. "One kid gets sick and it's like an epidemic."
    On Tuesday, Plainview dominated Class 3A No. 12 Newcastle 72-12.
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