Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Griffin Parriott
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Freshman
After an outstanding high school career that included three Minnesota state titles and culminated in double Fargo championships last summer, Parriott came to Purdue as a highly rated recruit. After an 11-2 redshirt season a year ago, the New Prague High School grad has found more success in freestyle as he prepares to take on the Big 10 competition at 157 pounds, which includes the return of three of the top five wrestlers at the 2017 NCAA tournament.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
I redshirted so for me it was all about improving rather than just [getting] some open tournament results. I think I’ve improved a lot since getting on campus. I will know how successful this past season was after next season, as this year was all about getting myself ready to compete for national titles.
What are you working on this off-season?
I’m working on everything honestly, just trying to be the most well-rounded athlete that I can be. Strength, speed, cardio. Tactically, I’m working more on opening up. I can score when I want, but continuing to attack even when I have a lead is something I really want to continue to improve on before the start of next season.
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
Yes, I’ve been training freestyle for a while now and just got back from the UWW Junior Freestyle National Championships in Las Vegas where I took first [at 70 kg]. Next will be the U.S. UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I hope to make the junior world team and go to the World Championships later this summer. (Editor’s Note: Because 70 kg is not a UWW Junior weight, Parriott was forced to drop to 66 kg where he went 0-2.)
If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
I’d wrestle one of my old club coaches, Brandon Paulson. I haven’t wrestled him since eighth grade and wouldn’t mind throwing him around.
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
I’d like there to be a pushout rule like in freestyle because it keeps matches from getting stopped all the time for going out of bounds and prevents guys from backing up and stalling.