Bobcat wrestlers top Pulaski Academy on Bruins’ home mats

Friday, January 17, 2020

By Scott Loftis

A year ago, the Pulaski Academy Bruins beat the Berryville Bobcats by three points for the Class 4A state wrestling championship.

It looks as if the two teams will be battling for another title in 2020, and it might be another razor-thin margin.

Berryville and Pulaski Academy were among 24 teams competing last weekend in the PA Invitational on the Bruins’ home mats in Little Rock. Berryville was the highest-placing Class 4A team in the tournament, taking fourth place by one point over Pulaski Academy.

Van Buren won the tournament, followed by Lake Hamilton and Greenbrier.

Berryville finished with 247 points, seven behind Greenbrier. Pulaski Academy scored 246.

“We did well,” said Berryville coach Derrek Aynes. “I’m pretty happy with the results. We wrestled well.”

Berryville junior Dominic Henry won the 120-pound weight class, winning three matches by pin, one by decision and one by injury default.

Junior Caleb Record finished second at 106 pounds. Record won three of four matches, all by pin.

Dominic Alvarado finished third at 106 pounds. He won his first three matches by pin, then won the third place match by major decision.

Dylan Sperduto took third place at 126 pounds. He won four of his matches, including three by pin.

Senior Brett Parsons placed third at 145 pounds. Parsons won four of five matches, including two by pin.

Carlos Escobar placed sixth at 162 pounds. He won three of five matches, two by pin.

Haggai Katjang placed seventh at 182 pounds. Katjang won two of four matches, both by pin.

Berryville senior Colton Record, who had not lost a match entering the tournament, won his first two matches by pin to improve his season record to 32-0. But Record sprained an ankle in the semifinals and had to take an injury default in that match and the third-place match.

Aynes said Record will likely be sidelined a couple of weeks but should not suffer any lingering effects from the injury.

“He’ll be all right,” Aynes said.

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