Bennett and Parkinson undefeated at Jefferson Duals;
Berkeley Springs senior, Tory Bennett, and junior, Matt Parkinson went a perfect 8-0 last weekend at the Jefferson Duals Tournament in Shenandoah Junction.
Bennett, wrestling 182 pounds, had little difficulty disposing of the opposition recording six technical falls, one pin and one injury default in the two-day tournament. With the eight wins Bennett improved to 34-0 on the year and set a new career wins record at Berkeley Springs. The two-time state champion improved his career record to 188-7. The 188 career wins is one better than the 187 recorded by former three-time state champion Damen Capper.
Bennett is well on his way to 200 career wins, but according to his father and coach Darrell Bennett, his primary focus is on another state championship.
"It is quite an achievement given the rich wrestling tradition at Berkeley Springs," said Coach Bennett. “It is something he can be proud of, but his primary goal is to win a third state title."
Parkinson, who is having an outstanding junior season, wrestled a good tournament, according to Bennett. The 220 pounder handled all comers. His closest match was a 5-1 decision over Mark Kaminskas from Conestoga, Pa. With the perfect weekend, Parkinson improved his 2011-12 record to 22-3.
"Matt is wrestling well," Bennett said. “The work he did in the off-season has really paid off. He has really shown a lot of improvement on his feet. He has worked hard and should be a factor going forward."
The Indians, despite winning only one of eight team matches, wrestled pretty well, according to their coach.
Josh Capps (132) was 6-2, CJ Capps (113) and Billy Wilson (120) finished 5-3, Michael Via (138) and CJ Gosey (285) were 4-4, while Kyle Shambaugh (195) was 3-5.
"We lost a lot of close matches this weekend," Bennett said. “We have to give up too many forfeits, but head- to-head our kids were 43-21, and that is pretty good. I think we are progressing, but will know a lot more after this weekend."
Berkeley Springs will travel to Fairmont this weekend to participate in the Winner's Choice Tournament. The 32 team tournament, featuring teams from Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is annually one of the toughest in the state and has been a pretty good indicator of how the Indians will fare at the state tournament.