”I’ve actually known Carter and Dom for a long time,” Mendez said. “We all wrestled on the Pan American Team when I was in the sixth grade, so to wrestle Dom in the semis and the Carter in the Finals felt really cool.”
In a best of three match series against Young in the championship round, Mendez dominated, sweeping the series with two straight wins. He started the series by winning the first match by fall halfway through the first period. He then followed up that performance with a technical fall in the second, and deciding, match. His dominance earned him the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.