North Pole’s multi-sport athlete Megan Parrish lands on Emmanuel College Wrestling
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - When deciding where to take her athletic talents while earning an education, North Pole’s Megan Parrish had a few choices of which sport she would play, as well which school to attend. The multi-sport senior officially landed on wrestling, and landed on Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia, when she put pen to paper on her National Letter of Intent at the North Pole High gymnasium Tuesday.
“Well the first thing I was looking at was kind of getting away from the coldness,” Parrish said in front of masked supporters. “The coaching staff is really nice, I am just excited to work with her [Head Coach Kristie Davis] and the rest of the coaches there.”
Parrish has competed for North Pole football, flag football, basketball, wrestling and plans to participate in track and field this year, making her a five-sport athlete. However, it has always been wrestling has her top sport, starting in sixth grade wrestling against boys.
“They were huge and now I get to wrestle girls that are my size and I get to maybe have a better chance at winning.”
Now in her senior year, Parrish has helped elevate the wrestling scene in Interior, Alaska, where girls now have their own divisions and state champions. In fact, the 2019 North Pole Patriots were the third girls team to be crowned at the Alaska State High School Wrestling Tournament.
“I will always try to encourage them to do their best,” Parrish added about the younger generation of girls wrestling.
Individually, Parrish finished runner-up at the Mid Alaska Conference tournament at the 235 class, before placing fourth at the state tournament.
“I would like to place again and would like to go to a couple bigger competitions too,” Parish said of her goals heading into the season.
Traditionally, high school wrestling is a fall sport in Alaska, but the schedule has been moved to the spring, beginning later in March. Through the various sports and teams, Parrish described how the North Pole community has supported her throughout her time as a Patriot.
“It has always been great, especially the home matches we have...people yelling around, like they won’t even know you, but they’ll still be here to cheer you on because you’re a part of North Pole Wrestling,” she said. “Even on the boys football team they came in and accepted me and so I am just happy that I was a part of that.”
The Emmanuel College Lions compete in the NCAA’s Division II Conference Carolinas and boats 26 members on the women’s wrestling roster.
Parrish is interested in studying criminal law in college with the hopes of becoming a police officer.
“Maybe a big, out there goal is going into WWE Wrestling, I think that would be cool.”
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