While most of the focus was on the return of basketball Tuesday night, the Ardmore Tigers wrestling team was back at work trying to get the new year off to the right start against Sulphur on the road.

While most of the focus was on the return of basketball Tuesday night, the Ardmore Tigers wrestling team was back at work trying to get the new year off to the right start against Sulphur on the road.   Unfortunately, the battle tested No. 13 Bulldogs were too much at home as Sulphur won the dual by a score of 49-21.   “We didn’t really wrestle that well tonight,” Ardmore coach Devin Martinez said. “But we give Sulphur all the credit they deserve. They are a well-coached team and we just got out-wrestled tonight physically and mentally. We’ve got some guys out with injuries right now and I’m hoping we can get back on track once we have everyone healthy.”   Ardmore got off to the perfect start in the 106 contest with Cameron Orr winning his match 10-7 against Gunner Burnside.   Gage Graham put Sulphur ahead though with a forfeit victory at 113, before Aspen Jolly also won his match at 120 via forfeit.   Ardmore was back in business though at 126 when Tony Tafolla won against Carson Pettifer via medical forfeit.   Sulphur took control though starting at 132 when Braden Standifer pinned Isaiah Nugent in the first period, before Kile Stevenson won his match at 138 via forfeit.   At 145, Sulphur got a victory from Kolbe Madron over Oscar Interiano 9-2, before Konner Lunsford pinned Rashawn Walker at 152 in the first period.   Kyler Marshall got a victory at 160 over Holden Guynn by a score of 8-5, before Ardmore got back on the board via forfeit at 170 for Jaylin Wright.   Greg Booker also won his match at 182 for Ardmore via forfeit, before 195 was a double forfeit.   Sulphur’s Cade Shackleford pinned Gavin Hobbs in the first period in the 220 contest, before John Farrell finished off the dual in style for Sulphur with a pinfall victory over Phillip Fenti in the heavyweight contest.   Ardmore is back in action Thursday night against Ada at home, while Sulphur will host Plainview, Lexington and Hobart on Thursday afternoon.