MADILL — In a thrilling dual that came down to the final wrestlers, No. 5 Plainview came back to best the Madill Wildcats 39-36, at The Madill Middle School gym Tuesday night.

MADILL — In a thrilling dual that came down to the final wrestlers, No. 5 Plainview came back to best the Madill Wildcats 39-36, at The Madill Middle School gym Tuesday night.

The Wildcats leapt out to a commanding 30-9 lead in their season opener, with Madill’s Trenton Owings. Wyatt Inslee, Dylan McCullough and Dakotah Gruver each earning pinfall victories with Isaac Endes earning a forfeit win to get the Wildcats off to their strong start. 

But Plainview clawed back to erase a 21-point deficit, culminating in a back-and-forth thriller between heavyweights Luis Salazar and Chance Goodman wrestling at 285 pounds. Both wrestlers appeared to be millimeters away from dual sealing wins, but Chance Goodman outlasted Salazar, earning the final pinfall to push Plainview ahead 39-36..

“Our team fought hard,” Plainview coach Rocky Atencio said. “They showed a lot of heart and a lot of character tonight.” 

For Madill, Trenton Owings earned a pinfall against Plainview’s Jhobany Sanchez to start off the dual in the 106 pound weight class. Isaac Eades got the forfeit win at 115 pounds. In the 132 pound weight class, Wyatt Inslee pinned Ty Stahlbush to add another six points for the Wildcats. 

Madill’s Dylan McCullough earned a pinfall against Braden Wilson in the 138 pound weight class, and Dakotah Gruver earned six more points for Madill against Dalton Miller at the 145 pound weight class.

For Plainview. Nick Vercelli earned three points in the 120 pound division to get the the Indians on the board against Madill’s Damian Ramirez. Plainview’s Jaxson Roney earned a six point pinfall against Madill’s Keon Christie at the 126 pound weight class. 

Plainview started turning things around after Keegan Reid defeated Rio Bonham with a pinfall at the 152 pound weight class, igniting a 30-6 run for the Indians. 

In the 160 pound division, Plainview’s Andrew Vercelli earned three points against Madill’s Zachary Stephenson. In the next match, Plainview’s Trevor Bass earned a six point pinfall in the 170 pound weight class against Christian Moreno, followed by Plainview’s CJ Wall who brought the score even at 30 points after earning a pinfall against Madill’s Chance Mattley at 182 pounds. 

A forfeit victory at 195 pounds for Thomas Turner put Madill back on the board and in the lead with 36 points, but Plainview would come back.

In a back and forth match that got the Madill gym rocking, Plainview’s Zane Miller bested Madill’s Zane Crisp at the 220 pound division to earn three massive points for the Indians, setting up Chance Goodman’s dual sealing pinfall of Luis Salazar that put the Indians ahead for good at 39-36.

Plainview moves to 2-1 with the victory. 

In their next action, the Indians will travel to Duncan for the Southern Oklahoma Inviational tournament on Dec. 15

Madill moves to 0-1 on the season. 

The Wildcats return home Friday to face Durant in the first round of the Thrill in Madill tournament which will run all weekend at Madill High School.