Even though the Mexico varsity wrestling team hosted the Class 2, District 2, round of the postseason last weekend and even managed to score 210 points, the squad still finished second to Moberly with a mark of 230.5.
Coming in third for this two-day event was Kirksville at 162, Fulton had a score of 121 and Saint Charles West was fifth with 108.
"The morning session was good. We've got 11 guys going to the state tournament. That's always a good thing," said Mexico head coach Gayle Adams. "When you break the school record and qualify 11 guys, I'm happy about that, but when we get into the championship rounds and the place matches we have to take care of business. We didn't do that today and when we wrestle next week at the state tournament we have to make sure we take care of business. We have to get after it."
Even if everyone on day two didn't meet the same expectations they did on day one, the Bulldogs Dillon Nichols, 41-3, at 138 proved to be one of the exceptions to that rule by placing first with a 7-5 victory against Fulton's Tucker Caswell, 42-5, in the title bout. He also beat Kirksville's Blake Howard, 35-12, in 4:34 in the semi-finals.
Mexico's Terrese Aaron, 46-0, also walked away from districts a champion at 285 by downing Moberly's Jonathan Chapman, 43-5, in :50, and Keith Davis, 17-24, of Kirksville, in 2:11 in the semifinals. Kellen Ekern, 45-1, placed first at 170 for the Bulldogs, as well, by beating Greg Rowles, 42-4, of Priory in the championships after defeating Kirksville's Vin Krriegshauser, 31-12, in 2:21.
Dillon Patton's, 30-5, second day at districts at 132 proved just as successful as his first as he won his weight class for the Bulldogs with a 3-0 shutout against Fulton's Jacob Kern, 33-9. Prior to that he also bested Jack Morgan, 36-16, of Moberly by major decision 10-1.
Wyatt Turner, 36-10, at 220 rose almost as high as his Mexico teammates, earning a 12-1 major decision against Priory's Dalton Bingman, 37-9, before getting edged out at the end of the third period 7-6 by Kirksville's Colton Gillespie, 43-6 to place second. The Bulldogs Hale Fuemmeler ended up in a very similar place at 195 by posting a 10-2 major decision against Jason Kemp of John Burroughs, only to then fall to Moberly's Chance Richards, 45-3, in 5:04 to come in as the runner-up.
At 126 Kevin Duong, 29-14, came in second, as well, losing the title match to Kirksville's Gavin Robertson, 18-7, in 3:00, after besting Moberly's Cameron Lowery, 19-10, in the semifinals in 3:33.
For Vinny Vitale, 15-12, at 160, his day was rather unique. Specifically, he loss to Trevor Hatchel, 42-12, of St. Charles West, 7-1, before ending up on the wrong end of on an illegal slam by Winfield's Coby Davisdon, 19-21. While he was then allowed to then advance to the third place bout against Luke Slater of Moberly, 40-9, for precautionary measures the Mexico coaching staff chose to have him forfeit so his condition wouldn't be exacerbated prior to the state meet.
Carter Maxwell, 15-23, at 106 also placed fourth for the Bulldogs after falling to Fulton's, 42-4, in 1:20, pinning Christian's Caleb Little in :36 and losing to Kirksville's Logan Blickhan, 28-9, in :39. Mexico Brayan Juarez at 113 basically matched those results by ending up on the wrong end of a technical fall 20-2 in 4:27 to Christian's Jonathan Cochrum, 33-4 and winning by fall against Cole Gramling, 25-22, of St. Charles West in 3:29. He then lost the third place match to Luther Evans, 21-19, of Kirksville 10-5.
The Bulldogs Blayne Weiberg at 145 was also among the teams fourth-place finishers by virtue of getting beat by St. Charles West's Brandon Carbray, 46-8, in 1:08, winning by fall against Morgan Wilcox, 16-25, of Kirksville 7-4 and losing to Brandon Siebert, 28-16, of Orchard Farms, 7-0.
Jaeden Pottebaum at 152 and Jakob Bradley at 182 were also in action for Mexico but did not place.