WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Former Dodge Metropolis wrestler Damian Mendez, who graduated this spring after profitable his second consecutive state championship, died over the weekend because of obvious heatstroke, the college introduced.Mendez had been operating outdoors carrying a sweat go well with.On Feb. 17, Mendez, who was unbeaten in his remaining two years at Dodge Metropolis, introduced he was attending North Dakota State College. On the time, Dodge Metropolis wrestling coach Tate Lowe wrote on Twitter, “It has been superior teaching this younger man. Bear in mind him operating into freestyle and Greco (Roman) follow with a lot vitality and love for wrestling as a little bit man! Excited for his future!”In writing on Mendez’s dying Monday, Lowe stated, “Heaven gained a champion final night time.” A meal prepare has been set as much as assist the household.Tuesday, Lowe elaborated on what Mendez met to him, past what the adorned athlete completed on the mat. “Like a son, actually,” Lowe stated. “You construct relationships with youngsters, however with Damian, it was past that.” Dodge Metropolis Excessive Faculty wrestlers Joshua Gonzales and Juan Avalos stated they’re pushed to place within the work to honor their pal. “I feel I acquired to wrestle by means of Damian, you recognize. I feel I acquired to proceed to work laborious for Damian you recognize, I acquired to hold on his legacy,” Gonzales stated. Copyright 2022 KWCH. All rights reserved.