New wrestlers must step up for BV
The Berryville wrestling team lost a state champion in Garrett Record last year, along with Ethan King, Dakota Smith and Griffin Payne, all of whom placed at the state wrestling tournament a year ago. The Bobcats return many key wrestlers, though, including Christian Lemus, Keaton Hoft, Kris Grile and Robert Allen. This gives coach Matt Ferguson hope as the season begins.
"We lost some good seniors, one of which was a state champion," Ferguson said. "Those guys are going to be hard to replace, but we do have some talented kids coming up that have been successful in our youth program."
Some of the wrestlers that Ferguson is referring to include Brett Parsons and Colton Record, the younger brother of Garrett Record. Ferguson is also excited about some of the new wrestlers who have joined the program this year, including Hunter Matson, Dulyn Matson, Mike George and Russell Laibwij. With all the new talent, Ferguson said the Bobcats will be able to field a full team this year.
"The element that I'm most excited about is the fact that for the first time in Berryville wrestling history, we will have all 14 weight classes filled," Ferguson said.
When the Bobcats face bigger schools later in the season, Ferguson said this will help his team greatly.
"That is a huge advantage for us that we haven't had in the past," Ferguson said. "Out of those 14 weight classes, we will be returning five state placers as well."
Berryville's first match was on Tuesday against Gentry.