First year Mexico High School head wrestling coach, Gayle Adams and his team of mostly underclassmen are district bound this weekend at St. Charles West High School.
Thirteen Bulldogs will participate in Class 2 District Championships this weekend. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the Wrestling State Championship in Columbia Feb. 14-16.
Adams likes his team's chances of bringing home several medals after Saturday's competition.
"There is a chance we will be sending anywhere from five to eight wrestlers to state," said Adams.
The school record is seven.
Adams will attend a meeting tonight to see where his wrestlers will be seeded. He feels he will have several first place seeds. Jake Vitale, the only senior making the trip, who has had a phenomenal year, with a 44-0 record (and finished fifth at state last year) should get a first-place seed at 145 pounds. "Sophomore Hunter Smith should have a great tournament at 120 pounds," said Adams. Freshman Jordan Jones, 126 pounds, going into the tournament with a 38-6 record should be seeded first; junior Payton Turner, 182 pounds, may be seeded second behind last year's second-place state winner.
Also, wrestling with hopes of bringing home a medal are: sophomore Jaydin Tayler, 113 pounds; junior Sam Fayad, 152 pounds; sophomore Jayde Moran, 138 pounds; freshman Scott Speaks, 132 pounds; freshman Dalton Logerman, 160 pounds, junior Anthony Brower, 170 pounds; junior Adrian Minor, 195; junior John Lummis, 220; and sophomore Zach Manns, 285. Senior Dalton Wilson and junior Thorne Cheney will miss the competition due to shoulder injuries.
Adams, a former Bulldog and state wrestling qualifier, is excited for his wrestlers and would like to see them bring home as many medals as possible this weekend, but whatever the outcome he is proud of his team.
"We have had a great season, the wrestlers put in a lot of time and effort and work and I am proud of them," Adams said praising his team. He added he was also proud of his first-year coaching staff who also put in a lot of hours.