The Maumelle Hornets wrestling team turned in an incredible performance over the weekend at the CAC Mustang Mountain Duals.
Maumelle wrestled in the duals Friday night and most of the day on Saturday, improving their team record to 25-4 while adding another first place plaque.
The Hornets were matched against the Beebe Badgers, widely considered to be the second best wrestling team in the state behind Maumelle in Class 1A-5A.
Maumelle shut down Beebe 78-0 in all weight classes.
"Our assistant coaches Tony Brainerd and Blake Butler do an outstanding job in preparing our wrestlers to compete," said Maumelle head coach Ed Viera. "After today, I think everyone knows that the Hornets are the team to beat in the state tournament."
The Hornets won 11 matches by pin over the Badgers, and two more by points.
Two-time state champ Justin Butler pinned his man midway through the first period to win the 160 pound match. At 170, fellow returning state champ Keion McVay also won by pin, his coming in the second round. McVay’s only loss in his high school career came this year against undefeated Oklahoma State University signee Tyler Mann from Little Rock Central.
Daniel Viera was able to fight back and earn a pin win in his match as well. Gabe Crumley at 195, Malik Singleton at 220, Trent Johnson at 285, Adam Nevarez at 113, Bret Sherkenbach at 120, Cole Brainerd at 126, Tyler Humphrey at 132 and Noah Hightower at 145 all had victories by pins for the Hornets.
Andrew Manchaca at 106 and Marcus Dennis at 138 won by points, but those were shutouts.
"It was the most emphatic statement I have ever seen in Arkansas wrestling," Viera said. "Especially when Beebe is considered as the second best program."