Going for gold: Berryville wrestlers aiming for state titles
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats hope quality is better than quantity as they compete for a state wrestling championship this weekend in Little Rock.
Berryville will take 11 wrestlers to the Arkansas State Wrestling Tournament, which opens Friday and concludes Saturday night at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. That’s two fewer than Pulaski Academy and one fewer than Shiloh Christian — the two teams expected to be Berryville’s primary competition for the team championship.
Berryville, however, has five No. 1 seeds on its roster.
“We’re good at the top,” Berryville coach Derrek Aynes said. “Our good guys are really good. A lot of them should win state. PA and Shiloh don’t have as good of guys as we do, but they’ve got more depth. Those third- and fourth-place matches catch up at the end. So it’s going to be real close between us and PA and Shiloh. It will probably be within 10 points.”
Berryville’s wrestlers bring impressive records to the state tournament. The Bobcats’ five No. 1 seeds are freshman Caleb Record (42-6) at 106 pounds, sophomore Dominic Henry (36-15) at 113 pounds) senior Cesar Martinez (29-13) at 132 pounds, senior Christian Lemus (44-6) at 182 pounds and junior Colton Record (36-2) at 285 pounds.
Sophomore Dylan Sperduto (32-21) at 120 pounds and junior Brett Parsons (36-12) at 145 pounds are No. 2 seeds.
Berryville has plenty of state championship experience. Colton Record and Parsons were state runners-up last season and Lemus has two second-place finishes and a third-place finish during his career.
“We’ve got guys that have been there and they’re not going to be intimidated by the other teams,” Aynes said. “They’re not going to be intimidated by everything going on, because it’s kind of a big production.”