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Mendez vs. Watts

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I've been watching Jesse since he was little, and I can say, I think that he is doing his best wrestling right now. He is really turning it on this post season. Pinned his way to a semi-state title, pins over Logan Hill, Brock Peele, and Brendon Mark. 

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If Mendez is able to get past Watts and reach the finals, should still be a great matchup under the lights with Curtis, Walendzak, Rioux as the likely suspects, or perhaps Brock Peele rematch

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Definitely the premier match of the tournament. I expect the score to be closer than the Al Smith match. Both are always on the attack, should be a lot of action. Mendez is probably the best freshman I have ever seen and I think this match is the determining factor between a one-loss 3x champ and undefeated 4xer. I’d like to say the senior vs. freshman aspect will be a factor, but it never seems like the moment is too big for Jesse.

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This is a classic. You have the nationally ranked freshman who has to hypothetically/probably beat two former state champions to his the tournament. 

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12 minutes ago, gogoplata89 said:

This reminds me of the Cashe Quiroga v Jason Tsirtsis semi final back in 2009. Freshman phenom meets up with a state champ in the semis. I think we know how that turned out.  

In that case though, it was the veteran state champion who beat the freshman during the season.

But, man oh man, was that ever an exciting match to watch in the semi-finals that year!

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Yes the first match was pretty close.  Mendez got in on about 3-4 good shots but could not finish.  Watts almost had Mendez on his back late in the third.  Two good wrestlers with high motors.  

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2 hours ago, Caleb Spires said:

Definitely the premier match of the tournament. I expect the score to be closer than the Al Smith match. Both are always on the attack, should be a lot of action. Mendez is probably the best freshman I have ever seen and I think this match is the determining factor between a one-loss 3x champ and undefeated 4xer. I’d like to say the senior vs. freshman aspect will be a factor, but it never seems like the moment is too big for Jesse.

Best Freshman vs. Senior match up since Lee vs. Micic in ‘14. That one will be hard to top going forward.  

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1 hour ago, BClark said:

We maybe didn't realize it at the time but 2005 had a pretty good one too.

Championship

Reece Humphrey (48-0) Lawrence North (12) def. Andrew Howe (47-1) Hanover Central (9), dec. 5-1.

Was 1-0 and headlock came through. Phew both badass dudes there 

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2 hours ago, backtothemat said:

Best Freshman vs. Senior match up since Lee vs. Micic in ‘14. That one will be hard to top going forward.  

Tons of hype all season long. I don’t remember any other senior vs frosh hype like that. 

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4 hours ago, Caleb Spires said:

Hype-wise maybe, but that match was never close. Micic took care of business.

Hype-wise was where I was coming from.  Micic A LOT more heralded (and rightly so) than Watts.  Mendez and Lee have similar pedigrees as Freshmen.

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Quiorga seemed to be a solid favorite that year.  Cashe ran through everyone.  Tsirtsis had a solid game plan in the semifinals that year.  Tsirtsis may have lost in a dual against the merriville wrestler on a late reversal? Then maj. dec him at semi-state

Micic took it to Lee if I recall.

 

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Watts showed great energy last weekend, Looks like a man on a mission!

Mendez dominated the whole field. No match lasting enough to get his blood pumping. 

The last time Mendez went all the way to the third was along time ago, and I could bet watts has not either until against Curtis.  Watts was the better wrestler against Curtis. 

This will be epic!  Mendez with his relentless attack and watts with Defense and length.  Could go either way!

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Mendez is just on another level here, majors a returning state champ in the semis. And made it look so easy, I’m just in wow when I watch him wrestle. If Rioux can keep it under a major I’ll be surprised. Good luck to both under the lights!!

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Beating former Indiana high school state champs is nothing new for Mendez. I can think of at least three, not to mention beating last years state champ last year when he was still in junior high....

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