Just like they did last year, the Mexico varsity wrestling team began the season by gaining a wealth of tournament experience before running the gauntlet otherwise known as the North Central Missouri Conference.

On Tuesday even though most schools were closed because of the extreme cold that showed no signs of acquiescing, that led the team to a league meet at Moberly that started off slowly before the Bulldogs got their footing and took a 42-29 victory.

Highlights from that win for Mexico included wins by pin for Brayan Juarez at 113 over Todhaun Davis in 5:30, Kevin Duong downed Camron Lowry in 3:00 at 126 and at 132 Dylan Patton beat the Spartans' Jack Morgan in 1:00.

Dillon Nichols also won by fall for the Bulldogs at 138 in 3:26 against Jacob Fisher, at 170 Brandon Whitaker stuck Moberly's Clark Freeman in 1:43 and Kellen Ekern at 182 won by void. Heavyweight Terrese Aaron was victorious in 1:00 over the Spartans Jonathan Chapman, as well.

Carter Maxwell wasn't quite that fortunate for Mexico at 106, losing to Deshaun Smith by technicalfall 17-2, Blayne Weiberg at 145 was on the wrong side of a 9-3 decision against Moberly's Tristan Morris and the Bulldogs' Jaeden Pottebaum at 152 lost in 3:31 to Luke Vitt. Vinny Vitale also found the going tough at 160 and was defeated 8-3 be Luke Slater of the Spartans, Mexico's Hale Fuemmeler was bested at 195 by Kyler Guthrie 9-2 and Wyatt Turner fell to Moberly's Chance Richards 7-2 at 220.

The Bulldogs next took the mat today at St. Charles West for a Tri-Meet with Fulton.