Wrestler Dom Parrish swept her best-of-three streak at Final X New York on Wednesday at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden to secure her spot on the United States World Women’s Freestyle Team.
Parrish, a Scotts Valley native who competes for Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, defeated Bearcat WC/Titan Mercury WC’s Felicity Taylor 7-2 in Round 1 and 8-2 in Round 2 to secure the title at 53 kilograms.
“‘I feel like I’ve been watching this game for a month, almost.’ said Parrish, in a post-match interview posted on FloWrestling.com. “I was telling everyone, ‘I can’t wait to get my hands on her and how she feels’, versus what I thought in my shadow wrestling and training.
“I feel like I came out on stage, the first game was a little closer than I would have liked, but you feel like a wrestler once and I feel like I got his number and I was ready to go out and take game two.”
With the title, Parrish will represent the United States at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, September 10-18.
2021 Worlds silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (NY Athletic Club; 50kg), World 21 champion Helen Maroulis (Sunkist Kids WC; 57kg) and Amit Elor (NYC RTC/Titan Mercury RTC; 72kg) also earned their spot on Team Wednesday.
Final X was put together by Beat the Streets and USA Wrestling. Beat the Streets provides a safe and positive atmosphere for New York City student-athletes to learn essential life lessons about discipline, preparation, self-reliance, humility, and a strong work ethic through wrestling. The annual benefit raises millions of dollars to support youth wrestling programs, which empower New York’s youth.
Many of his benefactors were in attendance.
“I feel like I’m veteran enough not to let the crowd get the better of me,” Parrish said. “But on the way down, before the first game, the kids clap their hands. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cool.’ I just felt like a rock star and that’s a great feeling to have.
Parrish began training at Sunkist Kids in Tempe, Arizona after the Olympic trials and improved his craft through one-on-one coaching. She said her training and match planning gave her tremendous confidence, so much so that she predicted victory in New York and the world championships.
“It’s been so monumental in my improvement as a wrestler,” Parrish said. “I’ve never had an individual coach before. I loved and cherished my years at (Simon Fraser University), but, you know, when you step up to the big game, you need the big (stuff), right? I need my own personal coach, I need access to great partners. That’s what I have at ASU and Sunkist RTC with Coach (Mark) Perry. He is a wrestler. I keep saying it because it is. He’s the mad scientist of wrestling. He notices everything and he watches everything.
Parrish also thanked her wrestling partners Helen Maroulis, Kayla Miracle, Forrest Molinari and Maya Nelson for pushing her to another level. “There are no slouches in there,” she said. “It’s a great place.”
In other recent women’s freestyle competitions, Parrish won bronze at the 50th Yasar Dogu International 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey in February and won the title at the Pan American Championships in Mexico in May.
FINAL X NEW YORK
Women’s freestyle wrestling (53 kg)
Round 1: Dom Parrish defeats. Felicity Taylor, 7-2
2nd round: Parrish def. Taylor, 8-2