By Evan Grice
For Piedmont wrestler Coulton Parker, while his normal high school wrestling scheduled might have ended a couple of weeks ago at the state tournament, he’s got one more big tournament left to prepare for.
It was officially announced earlier this week that Parker was named as one of the Wildcard entries into the 25th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 28th through the 30th at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
In addition to booking his ticket to the national tournament, Parker was one of two Wildcat wrestlers named All-State for the 2014 year, along with his teammate Blane Culp.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be named to compete at the national tournament,” Parker said. “I’m absolutely blessed that I get to represent Piedmont and wear that Wildcats singlet one last time. When I heard the news, I was just absolutely ecstatic and I couldn’t believe I was given this opportunity.”
A total of 552 entries will be entered into the competition in the senior division, which includes 322 state champions.
Seven of those entries are four-time state champions, with 446 of the wrestlers’ state placers from their respective states.
Parker added that he’s looking forward to taking on some of the best wrestlers in the nation, and that he was honored to be named All-State along with his teammate.
“It’s going to be a great challenge facing some of these wrestlers,” he said. “But, I’m going to go in there and face adversity head on and see what happens. It’s always a great honor to be recognized as one of the best wrestlers in the state and I’m very blessed.”
Parker finished his senior season as a member of the Piedmont wrestling team with an overall record of 25-7 and claimed fourth place overall in the 120 pound division at the state wrestling tournament.
Meanwhile, Culp claimed his first state championship at 170 pounds, making him a three-time state placer for his career at Piedmont. He finished with an impressive overall record of 31-3 for the season.