After starting the current varsity wrestling season all over the state at places like Grain Valley, Union and Harrisonville, Mexico was finally able to begin North Central Missouri Conference competition on Wednesday at Hannibal.
While this matchup may be the one both programs look to annually in the fall on the gridiron, this time of year the story has a new narrative. No longer are the Pirates the team to beat. Come wrestling season Mexico is the King of the hill until another team proves otherwise and this dual was no different as the Bulldogs came out on top 52-19.
One issue working against Hannibal was the heavyweight Terrese Aaron, Vinny Vitale at 160 lbs. and Carter Maxwell at 106 for the Bulldogs all won by void. Even though Bailie Rethorn did the same for the Pirates at 120, the rest of the bouts were settled on the mat and featured Mexico's Brayan Juarez at 113 winning by major decision 12-2 against Lyndon Otten, Dylan Patton at 132 defeated Hannibal's Tyler Wilson 8-2 and the Bulldogs Dillon Nichols at 138 pinned Gavin Morawitz in :41.
What came next for Mexico were several pins that included Jaeden Pottebaum at 152 in 1:10 over Eli Williams, Kellen Ekern won by fall at 170 over Hannibal's Austin Carroll in 3:49 and the Bulldog's Wyatt Turner at 220 was victorious in 5:50 against Chase Kirby. Hale Fuemmeler also came through for his squad by besting the Pirates Jameson White 6-3 at 195, Sean Carroll downed Mexico's Brandon Whitaker 3-1 at 182 and Kaleb Greening bested the Bulldogs Blayne Weinberg at 145 in 1:45.