As recent Mexico grad Brit Wilson was preparing for his role at Northern Illinois University during the 2017-18 school year, former teammates Kevin Duong, Kellen Ekern and Dillon Nichols were getting for ready individual state title runs this winter by competing in North Dakota over the weekend.

Duong was actually the first Bulldog to take the mat on Saturday in Fargo at the 2017 United States Marine Corps/United States Association of Wrestling Cadet Freestyle Nationals and lost at 132 lbs to Florida's Shannon Hanna 14-3. He as then eliminated from the event after falling to Michigan's Derek Gilcher 10-0.

Because the other three wrestlers participated in the junior division, those individuals began this event Sunday morning with Wilson downing Kansas All-American Daniel Butler 8-3 and Nichols falling in the first round to a state champion from Utah.

Mexico varsity wrestling then tweeted, "Kellen (Ekern) drops his first match against a returning All American 11-10 on some questionable calls."

After Nichols was defeated a second time to end his weekend in Fargo, Wilson was victorious in his second bout by technical fall 12-2 and Ekern raised his record for this event to 2-1. While Wilson then fell to a FloNationals finalist in round three, Ekern once again powered through to claim a backside match by technical fall.

What came next for the Mexico Wrestling twitter account was a pair of posts that began Sunday night with, "Brit and Kellen finish the night with technical falls and will be back in action tomorrow." That was followed on Monday by, "Unfortunately, Brits weekend has come to an end due to an injury he sustained during a match yesterday. Best of luck in the recovery".

That just left Ekern to represent the Bulldogs, but unfortunately he got caught with a leg lace and wound up getting edge out 3-2.