PREP WRESTLING: Bentonville High repeats as 6A-West Conference champions

BENTONVILLE -- Bentonville High trounced the competition to repeat as 6A-West Conference boys wrestling champions Saturday at Tiger Arena.

Backed by winning six of the 14 weight classes, Bentonville rolled up 210 points to easily outdistance second-place Rogers Heritage's 149.

"Overall, I think it went very well," Bentonville coach Jason Adams. "Our guys are finally getting back there, getting all of our guys back into the lineup. We just have to kind of keep moving forward. Things are starting to gel if we can all stay healthy and keep working."

Heritage was the only other school to earn more than one division win (three).

Adams was somewhat dismissive of the team point total, mostly because of other team's health concerns.

"A lot of teams are feeling the pandemic," Adams said. "A lot of teams have guys missing. So the team score can be kind of skewed right now just because there's a lot of good wrestlers not here today."

Of the five Tigers wrestlers who took home titles, one was senior Raphael Marascio, who claimed the 145-pound title defeating of Rogers High's Deven Speer by technical fall in the third period.

Marascio, who goes to the state tournament with a 24-0 record this season, was voted outstanding wrestler for the lower divisions.

"It feels pretty good," Marascio said. "I know it was a lot of hard work coming into this. I know that our team put in a lot of effort. I'm not only proud of myself, but proud of the team. It was a big deal. (It's my) last year, I've got to give it everything."

The boys Class 4A, 5A and 6A state tournaments are slated for February 19-20 at the Stephens Center in Little Rock.

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6A-West Conference boys wrestling tournament


At Tiger Arena

Team Scores

  1. Bentonville High 210; 2. Rogers Heritage 149; 3. Rogers High 118; 4. Bentonville West 114.5; 5. Springdale High 93; 6. Springdale Har-Ber 62.5; 7. Fayetteville High, 53.5; Fort Smith Southside, 45

Outstanding wrestlers: Rapheal Marascio, Bentonville High — Lower Weights. Jose Ruz, Rogers High — Upper Weights.

Individvual Results

106: 1. Zayne Lewis, Springdale; 2. Austin Ireland, Bentonville West; 3. Ethan McCary, Rogers Heritage

113: 1. Zander Payne, Bentonville; 2. Ian Branch, Fayetteville; 3. Trevor Poynor, Rogers Heritage

120: 1. Tristan Stafford, Bentonville; 2. Tyler Holmes, Bentonville West; 3. Talan Braswell, Springdale Har-Ber

126: 1. Charles Easterling, Bentonville West; 2. Cohen Daniel, Bentonville; 3. Ian Little, Rogers Heritage

132: 1. Lane Parrish, Springdale Har-Ber; 2. Meinshu Jiang, Springdale; 3. Connor Newell, Bentonville

138: 1. Jacob Adams, Bentonville; 2. Trinton Evans, Springdale; 3. Josh Zuniga, Rogers High

145: 1. Raphael Marascio, Bentonville; 2. Deven Speer, Rogers High; 3. Jayce Neugebauer, Springdale Har-Ber

152: 1. Ti Lockwood (Fort Smith Southside); 2. Jaxon Davis (Rogers Heritage); 3. Ryder Pabst (Bentonville

160: 1. Connor Kneeshaw, Bentonville; 2. Chris Garcia, Rogers High; 3. Guner Cornelison, Springdale High

170: 1. Jose Orellana, Rogers Heritage; 2. Kenneth Lewis, Bentonville; 3. Ty Clayton Fayetteville

182: 1. Ricky Watkins, Rogers Heritage; 2. Kaden Heintz, Bentonville West; 3. Jason Pedrus Springdale High

195: 1. Zane Garner, Rogers Heritage; 2. Sam Grisham, Bentonville West; 3. Hunter Smith, Rogers High

220: 1. Jose Ruiz, Rogers High; 2. Joshua Beesley, Bentonville West; 3. Ernesto Casas, Springdale High

285: 1. Tyson Wimbley, Bentonville; 2. Briar Goodwin, Rogers Heritage; 3. Micah Pinales, Bentonville West

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