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Always on Attack: Parker Reynolds IN

By Bill X. Barron, 10/31/19, 12:00AM MDT

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National Champ Seeks RMN Title!

Parker Reynolds (IN)

‘There’s No Time to Make Bad Decisions’

By Bill X. Barron, RMN Events Writer

Parker Reynolds grew up in Indiana “liking being physical,” so when the first contact sport available was wrestling, he jumped right in. Now nine years later, at age 13 Parker is still honing his physical style. “When I wrestle, I like to be on the offense and to score a lot of points.”

This Monster Dual (versus Arizona’s Christian Castillo) and Monster Match will be Parker’s 7th time in Colorado. “I enjoy RMN because their tournaments move quickly, with no breaks. You can have tough matches against seeded and unseeded opponents and earn great awards.”

Parker appreciates the fact that his parents are “willing to drive all over to help me get better.” He thanks his coaches like Ryan Parrish, where Parker is teammates with Revin Dickman at the Contenders Wrestling Academy, who “taught me that I could compete at a higher level, took me to tough tournaments, and helped me gain confidence even after I grew 8 inches in a huge growth spurt.”

For Parker, “wrestling has helped me become humble, hard-working, and disciplined enough to make weight. The sport has made me eat healthier, turn schoolwork in on time, and manage my responsibilities. Wrestling will help me with my goals to get into Cornell and become an architect.”

Wrestling was not always easy for Parker, so he advises younger wrestlers that “the first year will be your hardest. If you try hard, you will start to win. Then you will realize that to get better, you will have to practice more.”

Although he has won Tulsa, Reno, and USA Folkstyle Nationals (twice), Parker believes “there is always more to learn. While 2nd place hurts more, losing can help you learn from your mistakes.”

In the college ranks, Parker looks up to Cornell’s Yanni Diakomihalis. “I like how he attacks and never gives up points. He gets into funky situations. I am learning when it is better to put yourself there, and when it is wise to stay out of there.”

When not wrestling, “I love to fish. If I don’t have a tournament, I will stay there all Saturday. I’ll go wherever there is fishing. In Colorado., I’ve fished with Derek Barrows of Bear Cave.”

Overall, “wrestling has shaped me into the person I am and has kept me out of trouble, make good grades, and stay dedicated to making weight. There’s no time to make bad decisions.”

15U 90 lbs. – Parker Reynolds – Contenders Wrestling Academy (IN)

  • Coached in the Monster Dual by Josh Reynolds & Ben Barrows
  • 2017, 2018 USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Champion
  • 2018 Super 32 National Runner-Up
  • Tulsa Nationals Champion, Runner-Up
  • Reno Worlds Champion, Runner-Up
  • Trinity Award Winner
  • World of Wrestling National Wrestler of the Year 2016
  • 6X Indiana Folkstyle State Champion