BV wrestlers ready for state
The Berryville wrestling team finished fifth at the Arkansas State Duals in Hot Springs over the weekend. Coach Derrek Aynes said there were a couple of matches he felt like his team could have won, but he is pleased with the result.
"We got out there and wrestled well," Aynes said. "I liked what I saw and hopefully we can keep getting better over the next two weeks."
Berryville faced five teams this weekend. Aynes believes this extra competition will be good for his team.
"We got to see a couple new people at state and it always helps anytime you can get the guys out on the mat," Aynes said.
Little Rock Robinson defeated Berryville, 42-36. Individual results from that match are as follows:
106: Brock Ballard of Little Rock Robinson won by forfeit.
113: Double forfeit.
120: Dylan Sperduto of Berryville won by forfeit.
126: Kayla Pierce of Little Rock Robinson won by forfeit.
132: Berryville's Cesar Martinez pinned Little Rock Robinson's Liam Shuffield.
138: Berryville's Carlos Escobar pinned Little Rock Robinson's Preston Smith.
145: Berryville's Brett Parsons pinned Little Rock Robinson's Mackenzie Craig.
152: Berryville's John Barrios pinned Little Rock Robinson's James Harris.
160: Little Rock Robinson's Seth Allen pinned Berryville's Kevin Perez.
170: Little Rock Robinson's Derrick Alexander pinned Berryville's Raphael Perez.
182: Little Rock Robinson's Brayden Fittz won by forfeit.
195: Little Rock Robinson's Shumar Blair won by forfeit.
220: Berryville's Christian Lemus pinned Little Rock Robinson's Andrew Johnaon.
285: Little Rock Robinson's Matthew Howard pinned Berryville's Xavier Hand.
Aynes said he is proud of the effort his team showed over the weekend.
"Christian had a really good tournament," Aynes said. "So did Brett. And Cesar had a good tournament."
The Bobcats won't compete again until the state tournament next weekend. Aynes plans to let his team recover over the next couple of days.
"We are going to rest up a little bit," Aynes said. "We are still going to practice and go over things, but it won't be super-intense."
The state wrestling tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and continues at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. The state tournament will take place at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.