BV wrestlers hold on for win
Berryville won its second dual meet of the year against Mountain Home, 42-36, on Thursday at Bobcat Arena, but almost let an early lead slip away.
With Berryville leading 36-12 with only five matches remaining, things appeared to be going well for the Bobcats, but after Berryville lost four straight matches, the match was tied at 36.
Keaton Hoft of Berryville was set to take on Brighton Wagner for the final match of the evening. Hoft didn't want to give the hometown fans a scare, as he came out and dominated Wagner. Hoft had a takedown within the first minute of the first period and was able to pin his opponent seconds before the period ended.
Kris Grile started things off right for Berryville, pinning Mountain Home's Payton Eddington in the second period, and making the match 6-0. Riley Peters answered back for the Bombers, pinning Griffin Payne in the second period, as Payne held a lead. Berryville's Nic McClenallan responded by pinning Anthony Chapa in the second period as well. Rick Deen of Mountain View took down Fernando Ramirez in the first period to tie the match at 12.
This is when the Bobcats went on a four-match winning streak, started by Robert Allen. Allen pinned his opponent, Devin Sutterfield, in the first period. Garrett Record pinned Torbias Lambert in the second period. Jaytee Santisteban took down Stone Stanfield in the first period and Noah Forke won by forfeit.
The Bombers did come back, however. It started with Lane Alexander pinning Berryville's Jose Gutierrez in the first period. Jordan Burrell of Berryville was leading Reed Parker in the second period until he got pinned. Steven Skinner of Mountain Home pinned Konrad Allen moments into the first period. Mountain Home's Lucas Andrews won by forfeit to set up the match between Hoft and Wagner.
Berryville \Coach Seth Record let his team now that the match is never over.
"It's like I tell my guys, you're never out of the fight," Record said. "No matter what that score says."
Record said a lot of his wrestlers are in good wrestling shape already, but he is waiting for a few more to come in next week to round out his team.
"We are definitely getting there, but we have some more kids coming in next week and it is looking better and better," Record said.
Berryville will host a dual meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Gentry, Rogers and Heritage.