Parshall showing improvements in second wrestling season

EVART — It’s his second and final year of high school wrestling, and Zach Parshall is hoping to make it a memorable one.

Parshall has gotten off to a 3-5 start at 160 pounds for the Evart wrestling squad. It’s the same class he was last season.

“I was also at (171),” he said. “That’s because I hadn’t started cutting yet. In my opinion, (this season) is going good. It’s challenging because I’ve been wrestling a lot better kids than I did last year. Most of the kids I’ve wrestled I assume have state-level capabilities.”

One match Parshall won’t soon forget is when he pinned an opponent from Hopkins in 16 seconds.

Evart started its high school wrestling program last season and that’s when Parshall, also a football player, made his debut in the sport.

“I’ve improved substantially,” he said. “Last year, I didn’t really have much technique. Wrestling is a sport where it takes awhile to get all the technique down. Even this year, I don’t have the best technique now.”

But Parshall is still more confident in his wrestling talents.

“The next time I go against a kid who is all-state (caliber), I want to try to at least beat him,” Parshall said. “(At Farwell) I went against a kid who coach (Ryan Hopkins) said is high level. I went almost all three periods and ended up getting pinned with 25 seconds left in the match. I’m getting better and better.”

Parshall said his favorite move is the power half.

“It’s like a half-nelson,” he said. “You can turn him for a pin or use it to set up for other moves.”

Parshall is looking to be wrestling his best by the end of the season. The Wildcats will be in the individual team districts (Feb. 11) and individual districts (Feb. 13).