While it takes most wrestling teams several weeks to get into form, Sulphur didn’t waste much time easing into the swing of things, opening the season with back-to-back dual meets against Class 5A competition.
The Sulphur Bulldogs wrestling team opened their season on the road against Class 5A opponent Durant, Thursday night, falling 49-30, but on Friday returned home for a bounce back victory against Ada 40-30 to move to 1-1 on the season.
On Thursday. Sulphur raced out to a 18-0 lead, taking their first two matches by pinfall and then a forfeit win to open the match against Durant. But Durant began pulling ahead in the middle weights, outpacing the Bulldogs 48-12 down the stretch to pull out the victory.
Sulphur got out to another early lead against Ada on Friday, but this time, the Bulldogs never looked back, closing out a 40-30 win.
Dan Baker, wrestling in the 206 pound weight class, started things off for the Bulldogs with a pinfall victory in the first period, giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead. Baker was followed by Sulphur’s John Farrell who got a pinfall in the third period and Bryce Denny who won by forfeit in the 106 pound weight class. Caleb Pierce won his match in the 113 pound class by a score of 12-1 to give the Bulldogs a 22-0 lead.
After Sulphur’s Kolbe Maldron fell 5-6 in the 120 pound weight class, and Eduardo Gonzalez lost by pinfall in the 126 pound weight class, Ada cut the lead to 22-9, but Konner Lunsford pushed the lead back to 28-9 with a forfeit win in the 132 pound weight class.
Sulphur’s Bridges Valarde fell by pinfall 145 pound weight class, Wyatt Knott won his match by pinfall in the 152 pound weight class, and Luke Perry won by pinfall in the 160 pound weight class to give the bulldogs a 40-15 lead.
Ada went on a run late after John Moore lost by pinfall in the 170 pound weight class, Nash Moore fell in the 182 pound weight class, and Trey Kizer fell by a score of 10-7 in the 195 pound weight class.
But Sulphur had done enough early to hold out the 40-31 victory.
Sulphur will be heading west to the Arizona desert to compete in the Diamond State Duals Tournament Dec. 29 from Springdale, Arizona.
Following their big road trip, the Bulldogs will face the Ardmore Tigers 7 p.m. Jan. 4 in Ardmore.