With the Mexico varsity wrestling teams first home meet just over the horizon on Jan. 19, the squad first had to work its way through an individual tournament at St. Charles last Friday and Saturday.
Winners at this event for the Bulldogs included heavyweight Terrese Aaron (23-0) with victories over Chaminade's Danny Conley (26-1) 4-3 in the title match after pinning St. Charles' Cody Imberierowicz (18-5) in :51 and Pattonville's Omar Daoud (13-7) in :46. Aaron also downed Carlos Hillman (1-5) of John Burroughs in :18.
Wyatt Turner at 220 earned a title at 220 for the Bulldogs, as well, by besting Priory's Dalton Bingman (23-6) 9-2 for the championship and Clayton's Jaramiah Austin (21-7) in the semifinals in 5:24. Prior to that Turner defeated Hazelwood East's Martez Wilson (12-11) in :51 and he drew a bye for round one.
Mexico's Kellen Ekern (23-1) at 170 also made it to the championship match at 170 against, but unfortunately took a rare loss to Ladue's Jacob Orsay (15-0) 6-2. Before that Ekern pulled off consecutive pins against Winfield's Drew Smith (11-7) in :51, Hazelwood East's Romale Dawson (8-13) in :42 and Isaac Bledsoe of John Burroughs (2-4) on 1:31.
The Bulldog's other runnerup was Dillon Nichols (20-3) at 145 by virtrue of falling in the title bout to Fort Zumwalt North's Jack Ederer (15-1) 11-6. The semifinals were a different story, though, as Nichols bested Liberty Wentzville's Trentin Helton (20-7) 10-4 after winning by fall over Winfield's Charles Lindsay (15-13) in 1:15 in the quarterfinals and McCluer's Chris Pegee (7-11) in 1:42.
Placing third at 132 for Mexico was Kevin Duong by taking out Parkway North's Shyne Tucker (6-6) by technical fall 18-1 and Adam Banga of John Burroughs (4-3) in 3:24 in the consolation semifinals. Duong was also on the wrong side of a 7-3 decision in the semifinals against Alex Cutter of St. Charles (16-3) and in round one the Bulldog bested Brentwood's Xavier Lane (19-6) in 3:08.
Hale Fuemmeler finished third for Mexico at 195, as well, by getting the better of Ladue's Patrick Kovalak (8-13) in 1:21 and receiving byes in rounds one and two. Fuemmeler also won by forfeit in the consolation semifinals against Priory's Nathan Abad, in round three he won by fall overmWarrenton's Brady Weir (9-16) in 2:21 and in the quarterfinals the Bulldogs lost in 5:40 to McCluer's Kennard Haynes (8-11).
The third place match at 160 went just a little different for Mexico's Vinny Vitale (6-4) because he had no choice but to take a medical forfeit to Sam Mulligan (18-2) of John Burroughs to finish fourth. This came after running through a field that included Cleveland NJROTC's Lawrence Bourrage (15-3) in the consolation semifinals in 2:00, Brentwood's Josiyah Reed (8-9) in 3:53 in round three and Fulton's David Gibson (11-9) in round two in in 2:00.
Brayan Juarez (15-10) didn't faire quite that well for the Bulldogs, but he did come in fifth at 113 by earning a 7-5 win in sudden victory against Autumn Flanigan of Troy Buchanan (7-8). Juarez claimed decisions over Fort Zumwalt North's Nathan Burns (13-14) 12-5 in round three, Brentwwood's Louis Song (9-13) in round two by forfiet and McCluer's Kylan Williams (4-10) in 2:00, as well.
Mexico had several other wrestlers competing at this meet, such as Carter Maxwell at 106, Dylan Patton at 138, Blayne Weiberg at 152 and Jakob Bradley at 182.
The Bulldogs have a North Central Missouri Conference dual at Moberly today.