Record, Reyes respond in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK -- The Berryville wrestling team took a mini tour of the state last week, visiting Russellville on Thursday and Little Rock Friday and Saturday.
The Bobcats dropped a 48-30 decision to Conway and suffered a 60-24 loss to host Russellville in a dual meet and placed fourth at Central Arkansas Christian.
Berryville coach Tye Roberts made a pit stop along the way, visiting Pat Smith at the Arkansas Wrestling Academy to give his squad an opportunity to pick up a few pointers.
"I called Pat to see if we could come down and check out his facilities and maybe get some tips from him because most of the kids have not attended any of his camps," Roberts said. "He spoke with the team about work ethic, determination, and attitude on and off the mat. It means a lot when the first four-time National Champion at Oklahoma State talks to the kids. They seem to listen and absorb everything he says."
The Cats responded in Little Rock over the weekend despite surrendering 30 points on forfeits and having nine of 14 members compete. Berryville wrestled twice on Friday, earning 51 points in pool play for the seventh seed entering Saturday's finals.
The Cats dropped a 64-30 decision to Beebe to open the day but responded to beat Hot Springs 42-30 and Episcopal Collegiate in a tie-breaker. Berryville ousted Episcopal from the tournament in the second meeting (36-23) before advancing with a 42-39 win over Little Rock Christian in the consolation semifinals.
"Griffin Payne pinned his guy to win the dual by three points," Roberts recounted. "That win was huge and decided the dual. We had to have a pin to win and we got it. Little Rock Christian is a tough team. They won state two years ago. It was a huge team victory and confidence builder and put us going for third against CAC."
The Cats wrapped up the day with a loss to CAC.
"I was very happy with the second day," Roberts said. "We wrestled CAC and Episcopal Collegiate twice in two days and improved our score each time. It's very hard to beat teams down 30 points. But if we collect enough pins from everybody it can be done."
Roberts said the squad is starting to get into post-season form.
"We wrestled 11 times last week and we needed the matches," he said. "We are getting closer and closer to where we need to be before state. Garrett Record and Selvin Reyes have won 11 of their last 11 matches."
Andrew Galacia went 6-1, Lorenzo Lara 4-3, Kris Grile 1-6, Griffin Payne 3-3, Tristan Payne 5-2, Austin Bordelon 3-4, Fernando Ramirez 1-6, Travis Hand 0-1 and Record and Reyes each at 7-0.