DURANT — Having had the least amount of time to practice out of any team in the area, the No. 11 Sulphur Bulldogs went into their opening dual of the 2018 Thursday night against Durant with limited expectations.

DURANT — Having had the least amount of time to practice out of any team in the area, the No. 11 Sulphur Bulldogs went into their opening dual of the 2018 Thursday night against Durant with limited expectations.

The Lions ended up taking advantage of the situation, defeating Sulphur 57-15 at the Durant High School Gymnasium. 

“It went about as I planned,” Sulphur coach Drew Swartz said. “We got guys out and have been wrestling about a week. We got somewhere to start, all we can go is up.”

“We’ve just got to keep working, and we will do it too,” Swartz added. “Durant has a really good team. It’s a rough team to start with, but that is what we want. We want good competition to see where we need to get better.”

In the opening dual at 152 pound Konnor Lunsford was defeated via major decision by Connor Hall, putting the Lions up 4-0.

The Bulldogs, with a depleted roster, forfeited the next two duals, putting the team behind 16-0.

Sulphur’s slow start continued as James Hotson was pinned by Alex Jamison in the 182 match. Heading into the heavyweight divisions, the Bulldogs trailed the Lions 22-0.

Following a forfeit at 195, the Bulldogs finally got on the board after Luke Henry defeated Wyatt Campbell via decision. 

After getting the three point victory, the Bulldogs again had to forfeit at 285, giving the Lions a 34-3 lead.

In the 113 pound match Gage Graham pinned Carter Ansiel cutting the deficit to 34-9.

After winning two of the last three duals, Durant got some momentum back as Jared Pierce won by technical fall over Caleb Pierce in the 120 match.

In the 126 division, the Bulldogs again had to forfeit, giving the Lions a 45-9 lead with three matches left, effectively handing the result to the Lions. 

Cory Hicks was able to pin John Miller in the 132 division, before Kolbe Madron gave the Bulldogs their final victory of the evening over Gavin White, getting the pin and pulling the score to 51-15.

In the final dual of the evening in the 145 division, Cody Hicks pinned Kobyn Connelly to secure the 57-15 victory over the Bulldogs.

Sulphur is back in action this weekend at the Southern Oklahoma Invitational tournament which will take place at the Duncan High School Gymnasium.