Britt Wilson was the kind of competitor the Mexico varsity wrestling team truly valued.
In fact, his bond with this program was so tight Wilson continued to train and compete with various Bulldogs and head cpoach Gayle Adams over the summer at several different individual grappling events. Now, that chapter is over. Wilson has graduated and is currently preparing for his freshman season with the Northern Illinois wrestling team.
That doesn't mean the Bulldogs are lost, though. Adams and his staff still have plenty of talent to work with. The only problem is, some of the best of those athletes are seniors who compete in the higher weight classes and it's going to be hard to eventually replace all of them at the same time.
"Brit Wilson wrestled all four years. He was a four-year varsity starter, four-time state placer, three-time state finalist, two-time undefeated state champ and four-year All State Academic," said Adams.
The only other individual this team lost to graduation was Cameron Fox at 195 lbs. In his four years with the team Fox qialified for the state meet once and spent two seasons on the varsity.
As for what this squad does have, returners from 2016-17 include sophomore Brayan Juarez at 113, who made the cut for the state meet as a freshman. Kevin Duong did the same for the Bulldogs and comes back at 132, junior Dillon Nichols has twice qualified for the state meet, placed fifth as a sophomore and takes the mat at 138 and sophomores Jakob Bradley at 182 and Clint Allen at 120.
"Senior Wyatt Turner at 220 is a two-time state qualifier, Senior 170 Kellen Ekern at 170 is a two-time state qualifier and two-time state champ and senior heavyweight Terrese Aaron is a three-time State Qualifier and three-time placer who last year was an undefeated State Champ," Adams said. "Senior Vinny Vitale will compete at 160, senior Hale Fummuler looks to fill Fox's spot at 195 and senior Dylan Patton is a three-time state qualifier and a three-time state placer who finished fourth last year."
Blayne Wieberg is coming back for Mexico at 145 for his junior season after making the state meet as a freshman, as well. That leaves any other open spot to be won or lost by the talent that's new to the varsity in 2017-18.
"I have freshmen trying to win varsity spots at 106, 152 and other weights," said Adams. "We are working everyday to improve in the classroom and on the mats. My guys compete everyday."