DURANT — Sulphur didn’t get off to the start that it had sought Thursday night, but the Bulldogs finished strong with wins in five of the last six matches, earning a 46-32 victory over Durant.
The Bulldogs improved to 1-1 in duals on the season.
Sulphur started the dual down 18-0 but scored 46 of the dual’s final 60 points. Twelve of the Lions’ 32 points came off of two forfeits. The Bulldogs were open at 132 pounds and at 152 pounds.
Ethan Massey started the comeback with a 15-7 major decision at 138 points. Josh Watterson followed with a pin at 145 pounds. The Bulldogs earned seven pins on the evening.
After Durant picked up a victory by forfeit at 152, for a 24-10 lead, Sulphur’s Luke Perry worked a fall at 160.
Durant won the next two matches — a 9-4 decision at 170 and a pin at 182 — but Sulphur answered with five consecutive pins to finish out the action: Eligio Nieves (195), Dan Baker (220), Korby Garcia (heavyweight), Caleb Pierce (106) and Konner Lunsford (113).
Baker, a defending state champion, is 6-0 on the season.
Sulphur will enjoy Christmas and then travel to Springdale, Ark., on Dec. 28 for the Diamond State Duals.
Baker wrestles to first place
BLANCHARD — Baker had only one match in the two-day Blanchard High School Tournament last beyond the first period, which earned him a first-place finish at 220 pounds.
The tournament was held Dec. 9 and 10.
Trey Kiser overcame a first-round loss to finish as the runner-up at 182 pounds.
John Miller (126) won five of his six matches to earn bronze. He rolled to an 11-1 major decision of Comanche’s Rylan Poston in the third-place match.
Garcia won each of his first four matches — the first three via pin — on his way to finishing 5-2 and capturing fourth place at heavyweight.
Perry (160) took home fourth place as did Caleb Pierce (106) who started the tournament with four consecutive wins (two pins, a 9-1 major decision and a medical forfeit).
Sulphur had a trio of fifth-place finishers. Nieves (195) was 4-2 with three pins and a forfeit. Nicholas Knighten (182) finished the tournament 3-2 with two pins and a victory by forfeit. Luke Henry (170) picked up three wins to just two losses.
Watterson pinned each of his first four opponents on his way to placing sixth at 145.
Colton Pierce (113) also finished in sixth place.
Lunsford (120) finished in 10th place. Ethan Massey (138) placed 11th.
Newcastle 45, Sulphur 36
The Dec. 8 dual at Sulphur High School could have gone either way with a pin being the difference in Newcastle’s favor.
A separated shoulder suffered by Sulphur’s Hunter Thomison came into play. He was unable to continue and was forced to injury default at 145.
Picking up victories for the Bulldogs were: Nieves (195), Baker (220), Garcia (heavyweight), Caleb Pierce (106), Lunsford (120) and Perry (160).
Sulphur led 24-12 after six matches but Newcastle won six of the next seven matches.