Seven Mexico High School Bulldog wrestlers qualified for the 2013 State Wrestling championships which began Thursday at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. All seven wrestlers advanced to today's competition. The morning was not as productive as the team would have liked, with four wrestlers losing in the first round, including senior Jake Vitale, who had a perfect 47-0 record going into the championships, but in the wrestle-backs, the Bulldogs fared much better.
"We had couple of tough matches in the morning," said MHS Coach Gayle Adams. The wrestlers came back in the afternoon and responded well with all four winning their wrestle-backs. "I was proud of how they battled back to win," added Adams.
"Overall it was a good day," said Adams. The four wrestlers who lost in the first round and won in the second round need to keep winning to stay in the tournament.
This morning, Hunter Smith, Jordan Jones and Payton Turner wrestled in the quarterfinals. If they won they advance to semi-finals. If they lost they had to wrestle again this morning. Jadin Taylor, Jayde Moran, Vitale and Sam Fayad will also wrestle this morning. (Results were not reported by press time).
In the first round Thursday, Hunter Smith (120), Jordan Jones (126) and Payton Turner, (182) won their matches and advanced to today's quarterfinals. Smith, a sophomore, won by a 6-1 decision over Brody Lamb of Smithville; Jones, a freshman, won by a pin over Chase Cohen of St. Clair, 3:30; and Turner, a junior, won by a pin over Danton Creek of Sullivan, 5:23.
Sophomore Jadin Taylor (113), sophomore Jayde Moran, (138), Vitale (145), and junior Samuel Fayad (152) lost in the first round, but won in the wrestle-backs.
Taylor lost his first match by a tech fall to Chase Brennan of Monet, TF 15-0; but won his second match by a major decision over Andrew DeRousse of Ste. Genevieve, Maj. 13-2.
Moran lost his first match by a major decision to Nathan Hogue of Savannah, Maj. 14-2; but came back in his second match and won by a pin over Austin Harter of Notre Dame, Cape Girardeau, 1:59.
Vitale lost by a 6-5 decision in the first round to Ryan Burkhart of Cameron; in the second match Vitale pinned Kyle Schwanter of Central, Park Hills, 1:42. Fayad lost his first match to Andrew Broyhill of Boonville in a 7-2 decision; Fayad won his second round in an 8-0 major decision over Danton Creek of Sullivan.