BV wrestlers get seeded for state

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Berryville wrestling team will compete at the state tournament this weekend and each wrestler was assigned a seed at Wednesday's seeding meeting in Little Rock. Colton Record is a No. 1 seed, while Christian Lemus and Brett Parsons are each No. 2 seeds. Cesar Martinez is a No. 4 seed and Carlos Escobar is a No. 5 seed.

As the No. 1 seed, Record has beaten both the second-seeded and third-seeded wrestlers in the heavyweight division. Record wouldn't have to wrestle them again until he reached the finals.

"Basically, that's exactly what we wanted," Berryville coach Derrek Aynes said. "Leading up to that he will see some good competition. The No. 4 guy has beat him before. He is a tough guy from Robinson we will probably see in the semifinals."

Lemus and Parsons each have No. 2 seeds. Lemus, wrestling in the 195-pound division, and Parsons, in the 138-pound division, should both face stiff competition if they want to make the finals.

"Christian will have to face another kid from Robinson in the semifinals," Aynes said. "We wrestled him at Maumelle and it will be a tough match. He is pretty good. That match can go either way. Hopefully we can do well and see (Pulaski Academy’s Layne) Hatcher in the finals. We expect Brett to have to go up against a kid from Greenbrier in the semis and we had a real tough match with him at duals a couple weeks ago."

Martinez is seeded fourth at the 132-pound division and Escobar is seeded fifth at the 145-pound division. Aynes said it will be important for those two wrestlers to come out and wrestle strong.

"We just want them to come out, be strong in the semifinal match and hopefully pull out a win to get to the finals," Aynes said. "If that doesn't happen, getting to the finals of the consolation bracket will still give us a chance to get points."

There are four wrestlers for Berryville who aren't seeded. Aynes hopes these wrestlers can come out and pull an upset.

"The first part is just getting a good matchup in the first round," Aynes said. "Hopefully we aren't having to face the No. 1 seed right off. Hopefully it's someone we can be competitive with. That way we can scratch our way into the top six and be a state placer."

The state wrestling tournament starts on Friday at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock and continues on Saturday.

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