It seems to this writer that the regular season for the Mexico Lady Bulldogs just started, and now they’ve come to their last regular season meet of the year. For the seniors, this is the last time they won’t have the luxury of saying (I’ve got another tournament to attend next week) because the postseason starts next weekend. It’s the beginning of the end.
A good portion of the Lady Bulldogs were close to their match limits for the season and therefore had to sit out of the competition. However, since there were five District 2 Opponents, there were plenty of opportunities for Mexico to do some scouting on some of their potential opponents that they could see next weekend.
Based on talking with Head Coach Tony Senor, he’s overall pleased with how the team has improved this season and heading into the postseason. However, he also has said that the Lady Bulldogs still have some work to do before the post-season to refine their technique and improve upon themselves between now and next week’s District Tournament.
Katie Bowen came into the tournament, sitting at 99 career wins. After sitting out the first round due to a bye in the bracket. Katie Bowen went to work on her opponent from Clinton. She would score two takedowns and two sets of near-falls to build an 8-1 lead heading into the 2nd period. Her opponent chose down and once the whistle blew Bowen went right to work securing the pin in just 16 seconds into the 2nd period. After sitting out for a full season due to injury and unsure of how her eligibility would work heading into her senior season, getting to win number 100 was a relief for her and her coaches.
At heavyweight, Matty Tolbert (who’s a founding member of the girls’ wrestling program in Mexico and has had a similar past 12 months with her teammate Katie Bowen) is also getting back in the grove as well after being out all of last season, reached the medal stand in this tournament facing a very stiff weight class which included the #4 and #5 ranked wrestlers