Richmond Hill High School wrestling coach Rob Parker coached five individual state champions in Alabama.
He might have his best shot yet at getting that first individual state crown in Georgia.
Parker, who has been at RHHS since 2012, has had wrestlers qualify for the state individual tournament in Macon this weekend in all 14 weight classes. That’s a first for RHHS, which didn’t even have a wrestling program until 2007.
"We’re excited to have all 14 of them going," Parker said. "I think we’ve got some kids who have a chance of bringing home our program’s first individual state championship."
Leading the way will be sectional champs Drew Renshaw at 220 pounds and Wilson Taylor in the 182 pound class. Kaleb Anderson (106 pounds); Bailey Anderson (113); Nick Schell (120); Ethan Maikranz (126); Will Evans (132); Jakeem Littles (138); Malcom Johnson (145); Akeem Littles (152); Charles Logan (160); Kevin Murray (170), T.J. Smith (195) and Skyler Aguilar (285) will also vie for state titles after advancing through the south sectionals.
And while Richmond Hill wrestling has traditionally been one of the Coastal Empire’s top programs since it started, this season has become something of a watershed year. The Wildcats won their first dual title earlier this season, and now RHHS, which has had two state runners up in individual competition, has a chance to grab another piece of history this weekend.
"This season has been more than the icing on the cake," said Parker. "It’s also the cherry on top. It’s the kind of season that comes around once in a blue moon, and it’s not because of me. It’s a result all of how hard these kids have worked and the hard work of my assistant coaches (Bill Evans and Mark Foreman)."