Last season the Mexico varsity wrestling team won the North Central Missouri Conference title for the first time in 40 years.
Now, midway through head coach Gayle Adams sixth year atop the program, he reached the 100th win of his career on Jan. 23 at a quad meet hosted by Kirksville that also featured Boonville and Brookfield. In expectation of this accomplishment, Bulldogs athletic director Jeff Anderson had a plaque created to commemorate this accomplishment and presented it to coach Adams at Thursday's home tri-meet featuring Whitfield and Oak Grove.
"I don't really worry about wins. I worry about how the kids do and how they're competing," said Adams. "I'm looking for competition from my guys. I think tonight and throughout my six years of coaching they've really competed and got after it. I'm not too worried about wins. I'm worried about my kids competing."
As a graduate of the Mexico High School Class of '94, Adams went 33-6 and placed fifth in his senior season of wrestling after winning the Spirit Award as s junior. He also qualified for sectionals in '91 as a sophomore and lettered as a freshman in 1990.
"I wrestled on some good teams when I was in high school here and what I want to do as a coach is give these kids good memories to look back on," Adams said. For the fans that support us, it's about the community and the school spirit we're able to share withn the town."