Amber Parker, Parkwood's First State Champion Wrestler
Parkwood High student, Amber Parker, made history this past weekend. Amber became the 1st state champion wrestler for Parkwood since the team began in 1989. More important than that she became the 1st female to reach this pinnacle in the state! The NCHSAA decided in their fall meeting this year to host, on a 1 year trial basis, a women’s wrestling state championship. Up until this point any female wrestlers who wanted to compete in the post season had to do it against male opponents, this year the state unanimously decided otherwise. Wrestling is the fastest growing sport in America for females right now, states are adding women’s tournaments, colleges are adding programs, and the participation numbers are sky rocketing. NC showed that this season with over 200 girls on teams this year in our state, and almost 90 of them wrestled in the state championships this past weekend.
Amber was the #2 seed going into the tournament on Saturday. Her 1st opponent was Lindey Otero from Asheboro. Amber defeated her 7-4. She then went on to pin the #3 seed Willow Chance from Rosman in the semis to punch her ticket. In the championship finals she wrestled the #1 seed Elisa Cox from Butler High School. Amber did a great job controlling the match, and won it 9-4 to seal the deal and become a champion! Amber was accompanied by 17 of her teammates who made shirts, and supported her every step of the way. Amber is also a key player on our softball team, she was a key part of the state championship team in 2017. She has already signed her NLI to play softball for Western Carolina University next fall.