The Mexico varsity wrestling team picked up where it left off last year at the season-opening Grain Valley Tournament on Dec. 2 by giving quite an impressive performance.
That meant everybody knew what the team was working with entering Tuesday's tri-meet at Smith-Cotton with Marshall. That knowledge didn't seem to help the opposition one bit, though, as the Bulldogs defeated Smith-Cotton 51-30 and Marshall 39-27.
Against Smith-Cotton, highlights included Wyatt Turner pinning Jackson Hazel in 3:00 at 220 lbs., heavyweight Mexico's Terrese Aaron won by fall over Juan Cantu in :35 and Carter Maxwell claimed victory by void at 103. Brayan Juarez also won for the Bulldogs at 113 against Caleb Bush in 5:48, Kevin Duong stuck Smith-Cotton's Terrell Peck in 1:47 and at 132 Dylan Patton won by void.
Keeping pace at 145 with a win by fall in 1:10 was Dillon Nichols over Kris Kouk, Kellen Ekern at 170 defeated Gauge Young 11-4 and at 182 the Bulldogs Jakob Bradley bested Leo Linares in 2:30.
The Bulldogs dual against Marshall was much closer, but did feature some familiar themes, such as Aaron winning at 285 against Jonathan Sprigg in :33, Maxwell got the better of Gavin Mills for Mexico in 1:18 and Juarez at 120 pinned Marshall's Jaden Riley in 1:28. Nichols also got a hard-fought victory in 4:57 over T-Love William at 145, Blayne Wieberg edged out the Owls Matthew Huston 10-8 at 152 and at 170 Ekern won by fall for the Bulldogs in :50 over Sebastian Colbert. Bradley at 182 dropped Marshall's Reggie Donre in 2:43, as well.
Mexico is at Union on Saturday for a tournament.