FT. WAYNE, Ind. — Freshman Mateo Diaz set the tone for the Adrian College men's wrestling team in a dual against Manchester at Carroll High School on Friday.
Diaz was ahead in his match at 125 pounds when he broke his nose. After a long stoppage for blood and to put on a protective mask, he would go on to win 9-4.
"To me it just shows how much these guys believe," said Bulldogs head coach Bill Schindel. "Mateo breaks his nose and doesn't flinch. They were going to have to tell him he couldn't wrestle. It's incredible dedication and love for your teammates."
The Bulldogs won the dual 41-10 and moved to 1-0 on the season, while the Spartans fell to 0-2. The 41 points sets the school record in modern history.
Manchester got back-to-back tech falls at 133 and 141 pounds, but it would be the only matches they would win.
Sophomore Noah Nieman used four takedowns in the third period to earn the tech fall at 149 to swing the momentum back to the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Michael Jacobs bumped up a weight to wrestle 174 and got Adrian a 9-6 win and move the dual to 23-10.
"It just shows how much hard work the coaches, administration and these guys have put in," Schindel said. "To be able to not get a win, but to win 41-10 says a lot about our guys. I can't say enough about how proud I am of these guys."
"Coach has been telling me all week to just be ready," Reynolds said. "Win after win gave me the energy to go out, not let my teammates down and seal the deal."
Sophomore Donald Moses III received a forfeit at heavyweight to give Adrian the final 31-point margin.
"This team pushes themselves," Pingel said. "They break their nose and still go out there and win. They work hard as a group."
The Bulldogs will be at Olivet on three duals on Saturday.
--Dominic Adams, Special to AdrianBulldogs.com