BRINGING HOME GOLD: 3 Berryville wrestlers win state championships
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats added another chapter to their growing tradition as a high school wrestling power on Saturday, claiming three individual titles and finishing second in the Class 4A team standings at the state championships in Little Rock.
Senior Colton Record won his second consecutive state championship at 285 pounds and was named the Outstanding Wrestler for Class 1A-4A for the second consecutive year, while his brother Caleb won the 113-pound title for his second state title. Senior Brett Parsons, a two-time state runner-up, finished his career as a champion by winning the 152-pound title. And Berryville coach Derrek Aynes was named the Class 1A-4A Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Berryville finished with 174 team points, well back of Pulaski Academy’s 272.
“We had a good tournament,” Aynes said. “I wish we could have kept a little closer with PA, but they were really good this year. I’m proud of how our guys wrestled. Everyone wrestled tough and we ended up placing pretty well.”
Colton Record, who shook off an ankle injury late in the season, won both his semifinal and championship matches by pin. His victory over Valley View’s Cole Littrell in the final gave him a perfect 39-0 record in his final season.
Caleb Record, a sophomore who won the 106-pound state title as a freshman last season, pinned Maumelle Charter’s Colin Hornaday to win the 113-pound championship. Record went 42-7 this season.
After runner-up finishes at 138 pounds as a sophomore and 145 pounds as a junior, Parsons finished his career as a state champion at 152 pounds. He defeated Valley View’s Zachary Lutz in sudden victory. Parsons went 44-7 this season.
“He deserved it,” Aynes said. “He works his butt off, never complains. He deserved it and he finally got it.
Berryville also had a pair of state runners-up. Dominic Alvarado took second place at 106 pounds, while junior Dominic Henry finished second at 120.
Junior Dylan Sperduto took third place at 126 pounds, while Carlos Escobar was third at 160. Senior Raphael Perez took sixth place at 195 pounds.
Other wrestlers who competed for Berryville were sophomores Ty Donahue and Trevor Debour and freshmen Tun Oo and Haggai Katjang.
Berryville was also represented in the first girls state tournament. Senior Daniella Villegas took fourth place at 124 pounds, while junior Adriana Tellez won one match at 132 pounds.
“We were proud of her,” Aynes said of Villegas. “We actually thought the girls tournament might be a little tougher than the boys just because of the numbers. In 4A there were at least 12 girls in every weight class.”