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The Durant Lions have been one of the most dominant teams in Class 5A during an unbeaten start to the wrestling season and put on another clinic in their first home date of the season Thursday night.
Coach Jim Taylor’s squad, which cracked the state rankings at 12th this week, easily improved to 8-0 in dual competition with a 57-15 blitzing of visiting Sulphur.
The Lions earned three fall victories and also recorded five forfeit wins while taking control early on in the match. The youth-laden squad will be tested this weekend in the always tough Duncan Invitational before taking off for the Christmas break.
Opening at 145 pounds, the Lions got a solid showing from Conner Hall to take the early advantage against the Bulldogs’ Conner Lunsford.
The DHS junior grabbed a 2-0 first period advantage on takedown and notched three more with a second period near fall to go ahead 5-0. Hall really picked up the scoring in the final frame, picking up points with a reverse, takedown and near fall before settling for a 12-1 major decision.
Ethan Horner and Fulton Gorges both notched forfeit triumphs ahead of a 182-pound victory by Alex Jamison.
The Lion wrestler took a 2-0 edge on a takedown just 18 seconds into the match before being tied up on a reverse. Jamison however turned the tables and finished it off quickly moments later by fall at the 41-second mark to extend the team advantage to 22-0.
It was 28-0 after Isaiah Wright received a forfeit at 195 and Wyatt Campbell battled hard at 220 before dropping a 7-2 decision to Sulphur’s Luke Henry for the Bulldogs’ first points of the night.
Campbell posted a pair of escapes to tie the score following a first period takedown but wasn’t able to get much other offense after that.
Josh McKim remained unbeaten at heavyweight with a forfeit victory before Sulphur narrowed the gap to 34-9 as Carter Ansiel dropped a fall decision at 106.
The Lions followed with a stellar performance from Jared Pierce as his Bulldog counterpart didn’t know what hit him.
Durant’s Pierce notched a 5-0 lead after one period on a takedown and near fall and then ran away with things in the second frame with an immediate escape, takedown and string of near falls that ended things with 39 seconds left in the stanza on a 17-0 technical fall.
Caden Orlando picked up another forfeit to remain unbeaten before freshman Cory Hicks took to the mat and made relatively quick work of Sulphur’s John Miller to push the Durant lead to 51-9.
Hicks scored a takedown less than 15 seconds into the match and added a pair of near falls for a 7-0 cushion after one period. A reverse kept things rolling and pin by the Lion grappler just 43 seconds into the second frame upped his season record to 8-0.
The Lions’ Gavin White was on a short end of a first period before the final match of the night at 138 with junior Cody Hicks following his younger brother’s que in moving to 8-0 with a first period onslaught.
A takedown and two near falls within the first 30 seconds gave Hicks a 7-0 advantage and after yielding a point on an escape finished in rapid succession. He scored a takedown and two more near falls before wrapping up with the fall with 47 seconds still left in the first.