Fairmont High School senior Josh Parrett has learned to relax and enjoy the little things.
The 126-pounder used to listen to blasting heavy metal and rap before he wrestled and it never worked out so well.
So he made a change.
“I have been listening to Gospel music and I feel great doing it,” he said. “It keeps me relaxed.”
Parrett needed 20 seconds into the third period to take a 15-0 technical fall win in his first-round match Thursday at the state tournament in the Schottenstein Center.
Parrett led 10-0 at the end of two and recorded an early reversal and backpoints for the technical fall.
“After going through all the different ups and downs it just clicked for me,” Parrett said of offseason shoulder surgery and close losses at state tournaments past. “I am here for a reason and there is no reason to be nervous.”
Parrett will be joined in the Division I championship quarterfinals by Centerville’s Alexander Bair (160) and Conan Jennings (285) as well as Troy’s Alex Dalton (285).
Centerville sits in 10th place after the first round of championships with 10 points.
Dayton Christian went 7-1 in the first round in Division III to sit four points behind Delta heading into the first round of consolation matches Thursday night.
For Dayton Christian 152-pounder Jacob Danishek, his team’s rise to the top of the board has been exciting.
“That is the biggest focus for me and definitely the whole team,” Danishek said of contending for the team title after needing just :16 to record a pin in the first round. “Our motto has been to go out and if you get a chance to end the match, end the match.”
Chaminade Julienne senior Lyle Plummer was just happy to move on at 126.
Plummer, wrestling in D-III for the first time, took advantage of his opponent getting hit for stalling four times in the final 20 seconds to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 win.
“They say what goes around comes around and I guess that’s the truth,” said Plummer referring to some bad past experiences at state. “It was ugly, but at this point in the season, a win is a win. It doesn’t matter how you get your hand raised as long as you do.”
Bellbrook 126 Cameron Kelly was all smiles after an 18-2 technical fall in his D-II opener.
“It feels awesome. I have a lot of confidence and a lot of excitement,” said Kelly, who won state as a freshman before finishing second on a bad knee last year. “Last year was pretty tough, this year the game plan is 100-percent different. Everything feels great. It’s good to be back.”
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