In the first match of the night at home on Tuesday, Vinny Vitale beat Parker Laudwig 5-4 at 145 lbs. at as the Mexico varsity wrestling team defeated Kirksville 63-15.
"I'm a picky kind of guy. I want more points. We dropped three matches tonight, so I'm a little disappointed about that," said coach Gayle Adams. "We can always do better. We've got stuff we need to work on, but it's January. This is not the state tournament right now, so we're good."
Even though Devin Logerman lost by fall at 152 to Kirksville's Tanner Sparks, what followed was one of the more exciting matches of the night. That's because Pablo Vasquez battled hard for the Bulldog's before finally winning by pin at 160.
"Pablo is a freshman. He's learning the ropes. What's fun about that is he's young and he's got a lot to work with," Adams said. "He's a good kid. He just needs to keep working."
Other than Brit Wilson's win by pin at 182 against Vin Kriegshauser, the middle of this event aws highlighted by a handful of wins by void for Mexico. This included Kellen Ekern at 170, Cameron Fox at 195, Wyatt Turner at 220, heavyweight Terrese Aaron and 106 lbs.
Brayan Juarez at 113 then grappled back-and-forth against Kirksville's Gavin Robertson only to lose 13-10, which set the stage for wins by pin at 120 and 126 by Dylan Patton over Aidan Sizemore and Kevin Duong over Curtis Burgin, respectively.
"Dylan is a tough kid. He's a two-time returning state placer," said Adams. "He's a gritty kid. He's tough and he's going to come through big for us down the road."
Blayne Wieberg didn't faire nearly as well for the Bulldogs at 132, losing by fall to Blake Howard. Now up 57-15, instead of coasting through the final match of the night at 138, Dillon Nichols pressed the pace on Allen George until he was able to walk away with a 16-8 victory.
"Nichols is a state qualifier. The kid he wrestled tonight took sixth at the state meet last year and he majored him, so that's big for Dillon," Adams said. "He keeps progressing with his double-legs snd firing through kids he's going to be hard to beat when we make our state run."
Mexico travels to Cameron this weekend for a tournament.