As of Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Grangeville’s Parker Walters’ athleticism made him visibly different than the rest of the 2A heavyweights, and after last weekend’s performance in Pocatello, it isn’t the only one.
He picked up the first place medal at Holt Arena despite competing 75 pounds lighter than the weight class limit, He weighed about 170 last year, and put on about 40 pounds — and not the kind most of his competitors were carrying last weekend.
One by one, Walters pinned them all: Nick Gundersen of Ririe lasted 1:45; Taylen Grush of Raft River went 3:05; Skyler Coombs of Malad made it 2:56, and Ty Bahem of Melba — No. 2 seed — fell in 1:16.
“I expected to do well, and I was happy I got it,” he said. “I knew I was going to be wrestling some big guys and there’s a lot of good kids at state. I hadn’t seen hardly any of the competition, so I was nervous to see who all was going to be there. ... Some of them did have 50 or 60 pounds on me, but they weren’t too strong, surprisingly. They just had weight. Some of the kids at 5A schools are built like all-American football players, like they’ve got a scholarship for track or throwing already.”
Walters may catch some of them, size-wise.
“I hope to gain another 40 of good weight this spring and summer,” he said. He spent most of his summer in the weight room, and “put on 40 pounds of muscle, I think...and that’s a huge part of where you come from in wrestling.”
He also credited teammate Brandon Stump — the only other Bulldog near enough his weight class to make practice competitive.
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