2019's Top Sports Stories, No. 2: Bobcats win 5 state wrestling titles
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville High School wrestling program is still relatively new, but the Bobcats are quickly becoming a forced to be reckoned with in the state of Arkansas.
On Feb. 23, the Bobcats won five individual state championships and finished second in the Class 4A team standings at the Arkansas state wrestling tournament at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The Bobcats’ success at the state championships is the No. 2 sports story for 2019 in Carroll County.
Freshman Caleb Record at 106 pounds, sophomore Dominic Henry at 113 pounds, senior Cesar Martinez at 132 pounds, senior Christian Lemus at 182 pounds and junior Colton Record at 285 pounds all brought home state titles for Berryville. In addition, coach Derrek Aynes was named Coach of the Year.
“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Aynes said after the meet. “It’s not going to happen very often.”
Although Pulaski Academy edged out Berryville by three points for the team title in Class 1A-4A, Aynes said the five individual state championships were the most in program history for the Bobcats. Berryville also had a pair of state runners-up in sophomore Dylan Sperduto at 120 pounds and junior Brett Parsons at 145 pounds. Colton Record was named the Wrestler of the Year for Classes 1A-4A.
“We have a great group of kids,” Aynes said. “They worked their tails off all year and it showed at the state tournament.