SHAWNEE – The Shawnee Wolves wrestling team continued to improve Tuesday night, with a decisive 49-25 win over a young Durant squad in their return to the mat from the winter break.

“I thought we wrestled really well. I thought we came out, got on a little fire and took it to them,” coach Larry James said.

The Wolves got out to a strong start in the dual, with three straight wins, two of them by fall.

Isaac Bertram pinned Jared Pierce in 1:21 in the 106-pound match to get things going, and Justus Sparks (113) defeated Spur Brown with a 1:44 fall. Donovan Bertram won a 10-2 decision in the 120, giving up two escapes through the three rounds.

Izaiah Wood gave up the first loss of the night for the Wolves on an 8-3 decision in the 126-pound match. The bout was a good showing for Wood who has been battling injuries all season, James said.

“He fought and had a good match,” he said.

Quentin Grass won his 132-pound match by fall in 2:29 to give the Wolves a 22-3 lead. Jon Kieffer (145) pinned J.W. Poteet in 1:27 and Enrique Barcenas Won an 11-6 decision in the 152.

Caleb McLaurin (182) earned a pin late into the first round of his match and Jared Wyatt dispatched David Gould by fall in 1:48 to win the 195-pound match.

The dual was the first of 2017 for the Wolves, but the team spent some time in Shrevport, Louisiana over the winter break, where they finished third at the Evangel Holiday Classic out of 15 teams. The progress at the Classic could represent an uptick in the team's performance for the rest of the season, James said.

“We finally came together a little bit... I think we're ready to roll for the next two months and see where we finish at,” he said.

The Wolves will be at the Carl Albert Tournament this weekend.