Marlow was going toe-to-toe with Plainview on Senior Night. Then, the Indians' depth kicked in, something that will serve them well in the unchartered territory of the duals state tournament.
Tied 12-12 through six matches, the Indians scored wins in three straight matches, then closed out the Outlaws with five forfeits in a 57-12 win on Thursday. The victory sealed up Plainview's first duals state bid in school history, and kept the Indians unbeaten in state duals.
Isaac Barnes, Drake Martel and Landon Good — three of Plainview's six seniors — scored consecutive victories to close out the contested matches. The Indians went ahead 27-12 after Good pinned Quentin Maxfield 37 seconds into the 182-pound match.
Plainview coach Rocky Atencio spoke volumes of a senior class that helped the Indians reach new heights this season. Plainview improved to 19-5 in duals competition with a victory over Davis later in the night.
"Cade's always been there and I think he's really rubbed off on Landon and Drake," Atencio said of senior captain Cade Wheelwright, who lost a close 6-4 extra-time decision at 138 pounds to state contender Cody Scroggins.
It was Atencio's intention to test his wrestlers and get seniors some mat time in their last home duals, even before the Midwestern Conference Tournament today at Plainview.
Atencio also bumped Martel up to 170 and Good up to 182. Barnes broke the team tie with a 8-1 decision over Nick Yates at 152 pounds, and Martel pinned Brice Shepard in 1:37 for Plainview's first fall of the night.
Good closed the contested matches with a quick fall, improving to 23-4 and remaining unbeaten against in-state competition.
Good said it was an awesome feeling to be the first team from Plainview to qualify for duals state.
"We're the first team from Plainview to ever do it. We'll be remembered," Good said. "Hopefully, we'll do something at state, not just go.
"That's not our goal to just get there. We want to win it."
Earlier in the evening, Davis overwhelmed Marlow 33-5 in their matches, with state contender Hunter White winning a 4-2 decision over Yates.
White, who was a state qualifier as a junior, is 14-3 at 152 pounds this season. He said that Davis has wrestled well this season, it's first with a full team.
"To me, it's the best thing in the world," White said of the Wolves fielding a team, which will wrestle in this weekend's Midwestern Conference Tournament. "We finally have a program. Two years ago, my sophomore year, we had three guys on the entire team. To get to 10 guys is a big step for us."
Results from the Plainview-Davis dual was not available at press time.
Erik K. Horne