NE Florida 1A-District 3 Pacesetter


John Parker of Yulee (160) is the Northeast Florida 1A-District 3 Pacesetter for the week of February 13-18 (Photo submitted by Brandon Crowder).

Northeast Florida — 1A-District 3 Pacesetter

Name: John Parker.
School, grade & weight class: Yulee, senior, 160.
Accomplishments: After a burst appendix sustained the first week of December, Parker sat out the rest of December, coming all the way back to win a 1A-District 3 title for the Hornets, knocking off unbeaten Joseph Helm of Fernandina Beach in the final.
Favorite food: Burritos.
Favorite restaurant: Chik-Fil-A.
Favorite TV show: None.
Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings.
Favorite subject in school: Math.
Favorite college/university: University of Florida.
Favorite wrestler: Isaiah Martinez.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): Tim Tebow.
Best tournament/dual experience: Winning districts this year.
Favorite thing about wrestling: Winning.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Running.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : (At the) gym.
Coach Brandon Crowder on Parker: “John has spent every week since last year working on his goals for this year. He has defined resilience for this team. John’s appendix burst at the first tourney this year and wrestled the rest of the event (of course, we did not know at the time). He had to sit out for three weeks and it was a very hard time for him. Nothing stopped him from working his way back and completing his first goal of winning districts. I cannot say enough good things about this young man, and we have been very lucky to have him in our program since 7th grade.”
Parents: Steve & Cathy Parker, Yulee.

The Pacesetter feature will be a recurring weekly feature through the end of the season in the second week of March. Have a nomination you’d like us to spotlight? Wrestlers must have exemplary record on the mat and character and sportsmanship off it as well. Drop us a line at with your nomination. Thank you for your support!


I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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