Bobcats show some moxie in Battle for the Belt

Friday, December 28, 2018

By Scott Loftis

The Berryville Bobcats believe in facing tough competition on the wrestling mat in order to improve their skills and prepare for state tournament competition.

At the Battle for Belt last weekend in Fayetteville, the Bobcats saw some of the best competition they’re likely to face all season.

Berryville finished 22nd among 35 teams in the final results. Individually, however, the Bobcats had several wrestlers post impressive results.

Senior Colton Record suffered his first loss of the season in the 285-pound weight class, losing by pin in the third tie-breaker against Tristan Brown of Sullivan, Mo. But Record won his first five matches, four by pin, and is 15-1 this season.

Christian Lemus finished sixth in the 182-pound class. Lemus won his first four matches by pin and is now 16-5 this season.

At 106 pounds, Berryville freshman Caleb Record won three matches by pin and finished 10th. He is 15-4 this season.

Berryville junior Brett Parsons finished 17th at 145 pounds. Parsons won three matches by pin. He is 13-8 this season after finishing as the state runner-up at 138 pounds last year.

Junior Carlos Escobar won four matches by pin at 152 pounds and finished 19th. He is 12-9 this season.

Sophomore John Barrios won two matches by pin and finished 19th at 170 pounds.

Freshman Damian Helmlinger won three matches by pin and another by decision at 195 pounds and finished 19th.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 3 in a dual meet at Gentry.

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