Aynes proud of Bobcats despite loss
The Berryville wrestling team had its first match of the season on Friday at Mountain Home. The Bobcats lost, but coach Derrek Aynes is proud of the way his team performed.
"We competed really hard," Aynes said. "I was proud of their effort. I thought we had a few individuals that did really well and we will continue to get there. We will have this thing figured out in the next few weeks."
Cesar Martinez, Christian Lemus and Brett Parsons all won their matches by pin. Mountain Home is a larger school and fields more wrestlers than the Bobcats, making it difficult for Berryville to compete this early in the season.
"In their middle class from 140 up to 170, they probably had about seven or eight guys and we have three or four," Aynes said. "They have about double the kids we do. That hurt us quite a bit, especially because their middle guys were all older. Ours were pretty young and haven't experienced it yet."
Aynes said it was good for some of those younger wrestlers such as Anthony McClellan and Colton Record to compete against more experienced wrestlers.
"For a lot of them, it's their first match," Aynes said. "It's the first time they have ever wrestled so they are trying to figure out how it goes in a match because it's a different pace than in practice."
Berryville was supposed to go to a tournament in Fayetteville over the weekend, but wasn't allowed to compete because it was a JV tournament and the Bobcats didn't have enough JV wrestlers to compete. As a result, Aynes hopes the Bobcats are able to have a strong week of practice heading into Thanksgiving break.
"We are hoping to have two good practices on Monday and Tuesday and then come back after Thanksgiving to get ready for our next match," Aynes said.
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Bobcats have a match at Gentry. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.