Berryville wrestlers in holding pattern

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Berryville High School wrestling team will have an extra two weeks to prepare for the state championships, but the Bobcats won’t get the benefit of competing in the conference meet.

Concerns over winter weather in the area forced Berryville to miss Saturday’s 4A-West conference championships in Bauxite. First-year coach Payton Covington said that could hurt the Bobcats in seeding for the state tournament.

With a thin but talented roster, Berryville isn’t expected to be a factor in the Class 4A team standings but does have several wrestlers who could be in contention for individual state championships.

“(Missing the conference meet) could affect the way we get seeded at the state tournament,” said first-year Berryville coach Payton Covington. “If there’s no head-to-head between our guy and another guy, there’s no way to say who’s better besides going off of their record. I think that’s the only way that it could hurt us.”

The state championships were scheduled to begin this Friday in Little Rock, but Covington said they have been pushed back to March 4-6.

“So we’re going to get two weeks extra for practice, which is good,” he said. “But we were ready for state, too. We’re thankful for the extra time, but man we were ready for it too.”

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