Bobcats gaining valuable experience
The Berryville wrestling team competed in the Fayetteville tournament over the weekend and came away with a 12th-place finish. Colton Record and Christian Lemus each placed third overall individually. Kole Disheroon finished fifth, Dylan Sperduto finished eighth and Brett Parsons finished ninth. Berryville was going up against the likes of Bentonville West, Cabot, Conway and Fort Smith Southside. Therefore, coach Derrek Aynes is proud of the way his team competed over the weekend.
"We had some practices over the break to try and stay in shape and not lose anything," Aynes said. "I thought we did pretty good coming back from break."
The only teams that Berryville saw at the weekend tournament that the Bobcats will compete against in the state tournament in February included Gentry, Shiloh Christian and Greenbrier.
"Going up against these bigger schools with more size and more wrestlers to choose from can only help us in the long run," Aynes said.
After competing in the Fayetteville tournament over the weekend, Berryville traveled to Springdale to take on Shiloh Christian on Monday and will compete at the Pulaski Academy tournament this coming weekend.
"I think it's good because it should get them back in shape a lot quicker than we would normally," Aynes said.
Aynes isn't concerned the Bobcats will have to make such short turnarounds to prepare for each match over the course of the week and Aynes said the Pulaski Academy tournament will be beneficial for his team.
"This is pretty much all-conference teams," Aynes said. "It will give us a look for what we see at state. It's all lower class, so we will see just about everybody who is in our classification. We will get to see where we fit in."