Seven Berryville wrestlers earn medals
The Berryville Bobcat wrestling team competed at the state championships in Little Rock over the weekend and came away with a fourth place finish. Colton Record and Brett Parsons each finished second, while Christian Lemus finished third and Ceasar Martinez and Carlos Escobar finished fourth. Raphael Perez and John Barrios finished sixth.
"I'm really proud of how our guys competed," Berryville coach Derrek Aynes said. "We had seven guys place and I think that is the most we have had at a state tournament before."
Individual results are as follows:
120: Berryville's Dylan Sperduto was pinned in the two matches he competed in.
126: Berryville's Kole Disheroon lost 8-6 in his first match and was pinned in the second match he competed in.
132: Berryville's Ceasar Martinez pinned the first two opponents he faced. He was later pinned by Michael Crockett of Pulaski Academy, but defeated Blake Henderson of Greenbrier to reach the third-place match. Christian Puckett of Lakeside High pinned Martinez in the third-place match.
138: Berryville's Brett Parsons pinned his opponent in the quarterfinals. Parsons defeated Brayden Howard of Greenbrier 9-0 in the semifinals. Pulaski Academy's RT Noel pinned Parsons in the championship match.
Despite losing in the championship match, Aynes is proud of the fight Parsons showed.
"Brett ended up running into RT, who is probably one of the top five wrestlers in the state," Aynes said. "I thought the first few minutes of that match went really well. He stuffed a couple shots and competed, but RT is just really good."
145: Berryville's Carlos Escobar pinned his first three opponents. Escobar was then pinned by Pulaski Academy's Dregan Smith, but Escobar came back to pin Brandon Griffin and land in the third-place match. Zachary Lutz of Valley View defeated Escobar 10-7 in the third-place match.
152: Berryville's John Barrios pinned his first opponent, but Colton Burchard of Lakeside High pinned Barrios in the next match. Barrios won his next match 14-4 and defeated Max Cunningham 11-9. Barrios was pinned in his final two matches.
160: Berryville's Kevin Perez lost both matches he competed in.
170: Berryville's Raphael Perez won his first match 18-17, but was pinned in the quarterfinals. Perez won his next match 12-7 and then won by forfeit. Perez lost his final two matches and finished sixth.
195: Berryville's Christian Lemus pinned his first opponent, but lost his semifinal match 17-8 to Shumar Blair of Pulaski Robinson. Lemus went on to pin Aaron Dewitt of Shiloh Christian in the consolation semifinals and defeat Garrett Hays of Gentry 7-3 to finish third.
285: Berryville's Colton Record pinned his first two opponents, but lost to Landen Mazur of Greenbrier 3-1 in overtime.
Aynes is proud of the way Record wrestled.
"Colton had to take a shot in overtime to try to win the match, but it just didn't work out," Aynes said. "I think he will come back a lot stronger and a lot more mature next year than he is this year as a sophomore and I think that will lead to a couple championships."
After the fourth-place finish, Aynes is already looking forward to next year.
"I really think we are going to see some good things over the next couple of years," Aynes said. "We are returning everybody back from this year’s squad and I think we will have a couple freshman coming in that I am looking forward to getting up here and I think they will compete and win. Hopefully we can fill out a full squad and compete as a team."