BV gains valuable knowledge from Maumelle tournament

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Berryville Bobcat wrestling team competed at the Maumelle Tournament over the weekend. Even though the Bobcats only had two wrestlers place in the top four of their weight class, coach Derrek Aynes knows his team benefited from the tournament.

"The main reason we went down there is to see guys that we are going to see in Fayetteville and then later on at the state tournament," Aynes said. "We kind of get a feel for where they are at and what they do well so we can know what to expect heading into it."

Christian Lemus went 4-1 over the weekend to finish second in the 195-pound weight class and Colton Record went 3-2 to finish fourth in the 220-pound weight class. One of Record's losses came against Dylan Johnson, last year's state champion from Woodlawn. There were other wrestlers who competed in a number of other matches throughout the weekend.

"We got quite a few matches in and we competed a lot better at this tournament than we did at the Bentonville West Tournament," Aynes said.

Berryville doesn't have another match until Jan. 4 when the Bobcats travel to Gentry. Berryville will have a few practices over the Christmas break, but Aynes plans on giving the team some extra time off and hopes the Bobcats are able to stay in shape.

"That's the big part with wrestling," Aynes said. "With the time off and especially with the holidays when you get all this junk food that we love to eat, they are going to gain some weight. If we didn't practice, they would lose everything they gained and we would be back to square one. Hopefully the practices will keep them in shape so we won't have to start back over."

Aynes is happy with the progress he has seen from his team from when practice first started a month ago.

"We are rounding into shape and being able to compete better," Aynes said. "We are learning new things that we can use to help us get an edge. The main thing, though, is we are just getting tougher across the board and wrestling people a lot harder."

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