SULPHUR — While the temperatures outside were dropping near freezing Thursday night, there was plenty of intensity heating up between the Plainview and Sulphur wrestling teams inside the Sulphur High School Gymnasium.

SULPHUR — While the temperatures outside were dropping near freezing Thursday night, there was plenty of intensity heating up between the Plainview and Sulphur wrestling teams inside the Sulphur High School Gymnasium.

In the end, it was the No. 14 Bulldogs managing to escape with a narrow 39-36 victory over the No. 6 Indians, in what turned out to be a back-and-forth dual throughout. 

The victory was the sixth in a row for the Bulldogs in dual competition, but head coach Drew Swartz wasn’t  getting ahead of himself after the narrow victory.

“We wrestled well, but there’s always room to improve,” he said. “The important thing to remember is that we’re not district champs yet. Our whole season isn’t based around beating Plainview. We’ve got bigger things to move onto.”

Caleb Pierce got the Bulldogs on the board in the opening match at 6-0, before Jaxon Roney tied things up for Plainview at 6-6 in his match.

Nick Vercelli managed to give Plainview a 9-6 advantage following a 5-2 victory in his match, but it could have been so much more.

Late in the third period, Vercelli took a 3-2 advantage, before a referee stoppage happened right at the moment Vercelli had an attempted pin hooked in. He was awarded two points for a near fall.

In the 126 pound contest, Plainview’s Dalton Miller took on Sulphur’s Konner Lunsford.

Lunsford took control in the first period, grabbing a 5-0 lead thanks to a takedown and a near fall.

Miller responded with a near fall of his own to make it 5-3, but Lunsford eventually got the fall with 20 seconds left in the second to put Sulphur up 12-9.

At 132 pounds, Sulphur sent out Ethan Massey to take on RJ Gann, which ended up being a victory for the Indians with Gann earning the fall with 35 seconds left in the second.

Plainview then regained the overall lead at 15-12.

Mick Williams put the Bulldogs back in front with a victory at 138 over Braden Wilson via pin with less than a minute to go in the second period.

But, just moments later in the 145 pound match, Plainview was back in front thanks to Keegan Reid earning a fall victory over Wyatt Knott with less than 30 seconds to go in the second period, putting the Indians back in front 21-18.

It appeared the Indians had all the momentum on their side when Andrew Vercelli pinned Bridges Velarde in the 152 matchup with 12 seconds to go in the second period.

The win put Plainview in front 27-18 overall.

Luke Perry and Trevor Bass went the distance in their contest, which ended with a 6-4 decision for Bass after he earned an escape followed by another point late in the third period.

However the Bulldogs were about to give themselves a lifeline thanks to Luke Henry at 170.

Henry earned a fall victory over CJ Walls in the second period to make it a 30-24 score overall.

Trey Kiser and Nash Moore then earned forfeit victories for Sulphur at 182 and 185 to give the Bulldogs a 36-30 advantage.

Dan Baker sealed the victory for Sulphur as he claimed a fall victory in his match, before Plainview claimed the heavyweight match via pinfall.

“We’re a young squad, and we’ve had a few guys sick,” Plainview coach Rocky Atencio said. “Regardless of that, Sulphur was the better team tonight. We wrestled hard in some matches, and others we didn’t wrestle so hard. Right now, we’re just trying to get better.” 

Plainview will be taking part in the Sand Springs Tournament this weekend, while Sulphur will travel to Tuttle for the Greg Henning Invitational tournament. 

Sulphur will be back in dual action Jan. 16 at Comanche, while Plainview hosts Tuttle the same night.