Berryville hosts wrestling tournament on Saturday

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Berryville's Christian Lemus prepares to pin a Gentry wrestler in a match earlier this year.
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The Berryville wrestling team will host the Bobcat Winter Blowout tournament on Saturday at Bobcat Arena. Teams from Gentry, Har-Ber JV, Mountain View, Shiloh Christian, Russellville, Rogers, Mountain Home, Conway, Bishop Kelley (Okla.) and Glendale (Mo.) will all be in attendance. Being that this is Berryville's home tournament, coach Derrek Aynes said it would be special for the Bobcats to go out and win it.

"We have some good, quality teams coming in here and so if we take care of business and come out with a win, that would be a big confidence boost for us," Aynes said. "We have the Greenbrier meet next week and then the Hot Springs duals so that would be big heading into those two tournaments."

The Bobcats only filled eight of the 13 weight classes at the Pulaski Academy meet last week and Aynes hopes to have nine of the classes filled on Saturday. Aynes still expects his team to be competitive come Saturday.

"We still aren't sure where we are at," Aynes said. "We just hope to compete well and have three or four guys finish in the top three. Maybe a couple can win their class."

Aynes added that it's an honor for Berryville to host the Bobcat Winter Blowout each year.

"We have a great facility here and we get to show it off," Aynes said. "We have some great competition coming here and we will get better from it."

Thursday was the first day the wrestling team had practiced this week. Aynes said that wasn't necessarily a bad thing, though.

"We needed a good break because we have been going pretty hard the last few weeks and we have a couple big tournaments coming up in the next few weeks," Aynes said. "I think it worked out pretty well that they got some rest and are able to recuperate and get ready for the next couple weekends."

Thursday's match at Shiloh Christian was canceled, but Aynes hopes the Bobcats were able to stay in shape over the break so they won't have any trouble making weight on Saturday.

"We will find out later in practice where they are at," Aynes said. "It's a short turnaround from now until Saturday, so hopefully we won't have to worry about anything."

Saturday's action starts at 9 a.m.

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