Berryville wrestlers off to solid start
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats came within a whisker of winning a state wrestling championship last February.
With three individual state champions returning this season, Berryville has its sights set on finally bringing home the team title.
“I think we’re off to a good start,” Berryville coach Derrek Aynes said Thursday, Dec. 19. “So far, we’ve wrestled a lot tougher this year. We’re ahead of where we were this time last year.
“We’ll be contending for a state title again, but it’s going to be a tight race.”
Leading the way for the Bobcats so far this season are seniors Colton Record at 285 pounds and Brett Parsons at 145 pounds. Record was a state champion last season while Parsons has been a state runner-up each of the past two seasons. Both have won their first 11 matches this season.
Berryville’s other defending state champs are sophomore Caleb Recod at 106 pounds and junior Dominic Henry at 113. Record, who wrestled in the 120-pound class at Hollister is 9-2 this season. Henry, who wrestled at 126 in a meet Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Hollister, Mo., is off to an 8-3 start.
Berryville won two of its three matches in the dual format at Hollister. The Bobcats beat Rogers Heritage and the host team and lost to Springfield Glendale.